July 15, 2015

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How to Make a Peplum Dress

Hello everybody! This week's tutorial is a super awesome, super easy pattern hack to one of our favorite Liberty Jane patterns.

By this point, you've probably heard of (or maybe even made) the LJC Peplum Top. It's a great little pattern that features a zipper closure in the back -- so you get to learn a new skill or two, while making a super cute top!

But this little top can easily be made into an adorable dress, as well. It's super easy to do -- since the peplum is cut from a rectangle, all you have to do is cut a slightly larger rectangle, and then continue on as before. 

(Click on the image, or the link above, to view this pattern on Pixie Faire...)

 

**GIVEAWAY UPDATE: We have a winner! It's Anna, who said her favorite skirt length is "knee length, because it is modest yet stylish". Good choice Anna! We'll be in touch with you via email soon :)

Here's how to make the dress: 

1. Take the Peplum pattern piece, and some extra copy paper. Tape paper to the bottom and front edge of the Peplum pattern.

2. Draw a line 1/2" away from Center Front, to make a new Center Front. This will add a bit of fullness to the new skirt.

3. Draw a new hemline, 2" below the original hemline, intersecting with the new center front line.

Basically, you just lengthened the peplum 2" to become skirt length, and added an inch of width too (that extra inch helps the skirt fit smoothly around the doll's hips). *Note - These are the specific measurements used to make the dress pictured. If you want to make a longer skirt, simply add a few more inches. If you want a fuller skirt you can add more to the width of the ruffle and just gather it to fit the waistband.

4. Extend the center back to meet the new hemilne and transfer all pattern markings if desired (FOLD, notches, and seam allowance lines) Cut out your modified pattern piece.

5. Follow all the same directions that are in the pattern to sew up your awesome new dress -- the only difference is that the hem of the peplum won't cover the bottom of the zipper (like the instructions tell you to do in step 27). One of our amazing seamstresses came up with this couture technique to cover the raw edge of the zipper tape with a tiny fabric scrap and some steam a seam! You can do something like this or simply cut the end at a point and apply a bit of fray check to keep it from fraying.

 

 

Congratulations! You've just hacked a pattern successfully!

Giveaway time!

Want to win this adorable little dress? Great! We'd love to send it to one lucky winner!

To enter, just leave a comment below answering this question:

Which skirt length do you like to dress your dolls in? Why? 

We'll pick a winner on Monday, July 20th, and get in touch with the winner via email. 

Thanks everyone for entering, and have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,

Cinnamon

 


100 Comments

Claudia
Claudia

July 17, 2015

I like to dress my dolls in dresses and skirts that end right above the knee and that end right at the middle of the thigh, because it’s so more in trend and style.

Diane
Diane

July 17, 2015

I like the dresses just above the knee for daytime wear, longer if for evening or party wear.
This dress is adorable.

Emma
Emma

July 17, 2015

i like right before the knees

Janice Hamman
Janice Hamman

July 17, 2015

I like lengths from just below the knee to ankle length. I think the longer lengths are classy and more feminine.

Marcia Thompson
Marcia Thompson

July 17, 2015

Usually I like dress length to be at the knee area…a little above or below depending on style and fabric. TIA of contest.

Donna
Donna

July 17, 2015

Dress my dolls? My dolls spend most of the time undressed. I crochet clothes for the dolls and then give them away. Most of the skirts I make end up ankle length because that is what looks best with my yarn and pattern.

That being said, I don’t have anything against shorter skirts. It really depends on what looks best for that particular outfit. Since I try to never show my own knees (they are pretty ugly), it is fun to dress my dolls in something that I wouldn’t wear.

Mary Zurn
Mary Zurn

July 17, 2015

I like my skirts below the knee, it is always in style!

Mary Zurn
Mary Zurn

July 17, 2015

I like my skirts below the knee, it is always in style!

Peg
Peg

July 17, 2015

My choice of skirt length depends on fabric and what occasion she will be wearing the skirt/dress. Grace likes the shorter version for her Sage and Grace, I prefer a little longer (just below knees) for my Caitlyn. To each her own. Grace lovessewing the clothes with her Granny

Christian Homeschooler
Christian Homeschooler

July 17, 2015

I would love to enter! I like my dolls’ skirts to go just below the knee, sometimes a little longer. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
~Christian Homeschooler

Diane
Diane

July 17, 2015

I like the dresses to be just above the knee on dolls. Such a cute dress!

Danielle
Danielle

July 17, 2015

I like uneven cut skirts; short in the front, long in the back! A while back I “Hacked” the Woomera dress pattern to make just a skirt ;) Thanks for yet another awesome tutorial!

Diane O.
Diane O.

July 17, 2015

I personally prefer the length to be just above the knee. Maybe I’m old fashioned (or just plain old) but I prefer that length.

Barb
Barb

July 17, 2015

I prefer the shorter dress. The fabric should be dressier for the longer version.

edythe
edythe

July 17, 2015

Long style, more elegant. I like evening wear

kate
kate

July 17, 2015

I like to make the length an inch or so above the knee. It looks trendy that way without being too mini.

Caro
Caro

July 17, 2015

Dress is so sweet…

Just above the knee is most attractive.

Thanks…

Jo
Jo

July 17, 2015

Cute little summer dress

Elona
Elona

July 17, 2015

I like “above the knee” for every day. Worn with bare legs, tights, leggings, etc. A more versatile length for all occasion.

Karen Wiebe
Karen Wiebe

July 17, 2015

Beautiful little dress! I usually make the dresses to just above the knee. This one is kicky fresh for summer:)

Donna
Donna

July 17, 2015

I love how thoroughly you explain how to make the Peplum Top into a dress. The instructions on this like on all of your patterns are so easy to follow. I’ve just started making my granddaughters wardrobe for her 10th birthday and I’m loving using the Pixie Faire patterns because of their accuracy in fit and the easy to understand directions. I’d make the dress a little above the knee using certain fabrics and make it a longer dress if the fabric looked right for a longer length! So my favorite would be any length!

Frances Bobo
Frances Bobo

July 17, 2015

I like the dresses to be a little above the knee. Unless they have leggings.

betty harper
betty harper

July 17, 2015

like the tutorial. many of the comments about the length, but the tutorial will allow whatever length preferred by just adding to the pattern. Good sewing to everyone!

Barb M.
Barb M.

July 17, 2015

It definitely depends on the style of the dress as some are cuter short, but I don’t like them to be any shorter than a little above the knee—about 1/2" above the top of an AG doll’s knee “knob”. Bums should not be in danger of showing when bending over. These dolls are supposed to be turning 10 years old—though kids have played dress up and grown up forever with mom’s clothes—so some fantasy outfits are always fun.

I feel the same about human fashion. I know I’m just an “old fogie” but every day I see WAY too much bare chest and bums hanging out top and bottom! Why encourage girls from a very young age, especially when playing with their 18" girl type dolls to think it’s a good thing to show extensive “top and bottom” in public? Barbie takes charge of that area, but at least she’s an adult age doll. If girls didn’t grow up thinking it’s ok, maybe eventually designs would change. In certain decades such as the 30’s – 50’s girls dresses were very short, but it was due to reasons like fabric shortages, Depression poverty and saving every inch of what was available even from feed sacks or cutting good parts out of used clothing.

Sorry—one of my major peeves!

Tinkerbellajan
Tinkerbellajan

July 17, 2015

My daughter is into shorter skirts right now for herself and her dolls. I think this dress is adorable and will be making one today.

Hanna Q
Hanna Q

July 17, 2015

I like to dress my doll in about knee length, either just above or below is fine too. I think I like that length because it looks best on her.

Chriss
Chriss

July 17, 2015

I like tea length skirts best (at or just below the knee). It’s a classic length that never goes out of style, and looks both cute and classy for all occasions.

beverly  mcallister
beverly mcallister

July 17, 2015

this pattern is on my wish list……must get it . just above the knee is the cutest on the doll. Little kids like it best also.

Motorcycle Oma
Motorcycle Oma

July 17, 2015

My granddaughter and I both like just above the knee. For kids and dolls it’s cuter.

Ruth S
Ruth S

July 17, 2015

I like the shorter lengths and pair the tops up with long or short pants depending on the season.

Bella_H
Bella_H

July 17, 2015

I like to dress my dolls in skirts that are below the knees. (The dolls legs are so short that anything above the knees is almost a miniskirt!) I can’t say I’ve actually made any doll skirts that are above the dolls knees, as skirt doll patterns tend to be knee-length or lower, as it doesn’t look quite like a skirt. But, in the Peplum Dress, you really pulled the look off! It’s a terrific dress- it looks like something that would be sold at AG!

BeaKa
BeaKa

July 17, 2015

This has been one of my favorite patterns. The sweetheart necklline is so feminine! I have been thinking about adding a long skirtt under the pepulum to create a tiered skirt and making it out of material leftover from one of my daughter’s formal dresses to create a “party/formal” dress. For dayime wear, I prefer a knee-length skirt. My granddaughter would love it if I won this litle dress!!

Tammi C
Tammi C

July 17, 2015

What an adorable dress! I like for our doll dresses to be no shorter than just above the knee. I make certain that the clothes our dolls wear is something that we approve our girls to wear… no daisy dukes, mini skirts or plunging necklines. :o) I want to keep my girls young at heart but age appropriate for as long as possible. Their standard for dress shines through even in their play!!

sherri
sherri

July 17, 2015

just above the knee keep it fun but classy too! cant wait to make this!

Moi Mid
Moi Mid

July 17, 2015

Just above the knee and full length for a special occasion. I did make the peplum top into a dress and liked the look. It was not as pretty as the one you are displaying though! The girls found it fit their dolls too tightly and was too hard to do up so the dress has been banished to the bottom of the wardrobe box!

Judi
Judi

July 17, 2015

I think that the shorter lengths in skirts are darling, But, with my fabric stash I prefer to make the longer skirts for the old fashion outfits and of course the very dressy.

Judy
Judy

July 17, 2015

I like just a bit above the knee for a more youthful look.

Deb
Deb

July 17, 2015

Generally just above the knee. I think it’s cute and is a good role model for the young girls…
This dress I can’t wait to make ankle length in some fun glittery fabric as a formal dress!

Cheryl
Cheryl

July 17, 2015

I like the dress just above the knee. For the summer you can make it in a nice print and show off those nice sandals, shoes or sneakers and for the fall / winter you can make it in a solid material put on some fancy tights with a nice print or pattern and a pair of stylish boots. in my opinion the footwear completes the outfit so that’s why I would keep the dress at a length where we can see those shoes. Isn’t that the reason us ladies have so many pairs.

sandie
sandie

July 17, 2015

Personally, knee length is my favorite. The outfit is really cute and would look good in any length. Beautiful design. Thank you

DIANNE
DIANNE

July 17, 2015

Usually I like the dresses just a bit above the knee.

Karen
Karen

July 17, 2015

I like just above the knee unless it’s a special occasion dress and then the length would depend on the style.

Janet
Janet

July 17, 2015

I like the dress to fall just below the knee on my dolls. It gives a sophisticated look. I love this little dress and the brightness of the fabric. I’d love to win this to dress up my grand daughter’s dolls in. Thanks for providing the chance to win and also for the free pattern. You guys are awesome.

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn

July 17, 2015

I like my dolls skirts to go about an inch above their knee, because I think that is the cutest length!

Joan
Joan

July 17, 2015

To put a doll in a dress, I like to see the length above the knee. These dolls have such a youthful look, and I think the shorter length is more suited to the perceived age.

Linda M
Linda M

July 17, 2015

I like knee-length skirts for dolls.

Robyn
Robyn

July 17, 2015

Thank you for the dress tutorial. I like my doll’s skirts the same length that I wear mine, just above the knee! Works for summer and winter with tights.

Donna Deters
Donna Deters

July 17, 2015

I like the length of of a dress to be bye the knees.

Crystal
Crystal

July 17, 2015

I like to dress my dolls in dresses just above the knee. They are cute in any length, but I like this length best.

Christine Strong
Christine Strong

July 17, 2015

This is an adorable dress. For my modern girls, I like the dresses to be above the knee.

Wendy T
Wendy T

July 17, 2015

Like any decent wardrobe, skirts should come in a variety of lengths! That being said, I like skirts that are a little, just a little, above the knee for my AG.

LIN
LIN

July 17, 2015

The length of dress kind of depends on the occasion. My favorite dresses hit mid shin, not too long, but still summery enough to show of cute sandals.

Lele
Lele

July 17, 2015

Usually for spring, fall, and winter I would say just above the knee but since it’s summer I would say a maxi length dress. I love maxi dresses especially in the summer they look so cute with flats and flip flops and it would look really nice on the dolls.

Manny R.
Manny R.

July 17, 2015

I love full length skirts! They look sophisticated, pretty, dressy, and can become casual when worn with a tank top or t-shirt.

Lita
Lita

July 17, 2015

It depends on the style and the fabric.

mariam R.
mariam R.

July 17, 2015

I like to dress my dolls in knee-length or full length dresses. A little shorter is cool too, but the length you get in between knee and full length is not very flattering in my opinion.

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

July 17, 2015

Make them knee length & Maxi. These dolls are young & I want to make their clothes an example of age appropriate dressing too. Love idea of adapting patterns to fit dress lenths. Thanks for chance to win your give-a-way too! :)

LeAnn
LeAnn

July 17, 2015

I ten to vary the lengths — whatever pattern I am following seems to determine the hem length. If I have to have the judgment call, it will be knee length. Very cut outfit.

Teresa Flores-Lopez
Teresa Flores-Lopez

July 17, 2015

My Choice would be, just below the knee for a sophisticated look, more for evening attire.

Sharon
Sharon

July 17, 2015

It depends on he outing. Knee length for most day activities but long for evening attire.

Sherry
Sherry

July 17, 2015

My dolls are of the 1030’3 and 1940’s era so I want their clothes to reflect the time. Just a touch over the knee works!

janet S
janet S

July 17, 2015

I like below the knee or mid calf. My Kit and Samantha both live in the past and enjoy fashions of their day.

Lynn
Lynn

July 17, 2015

I make my dresses in various lengths depending on style of dress and the make up of the dolls as I make for a variety of antique and newer dolls some of their legs are cloth of various degrees so make dress appropriate length for coverage there as well. Love patterns that can be adapted to each situation.

Florence Grisham
Florence Grisham

July 17, 2015

I always make dresses or skirts knee length or longer to encourage my granddaughters to dress modestly.

Judy VanMaldeghem
Judy VanMaldeghem

July 17, 2015

I like just above the knee or ankle length. Seems age appropriate for the AG.

Sharlene
Sharlene

July 17, 2015

At top of knee for current fashions; just below knew, calf, or ankle for historical replicas.

Marsha
Marsha

July 17, 2015

I like variety, so to be able to change a pattern is wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial!

Sheila
Sheila

July 17, 2015

I like dress length just above the knee, cute but still modest, what better way to teach our girls and still have some fashion!

Bea
Bea

July 17, 2015

I like to make dresses with various lengths- depending on the use – short for the beach, long for evening dinners, mid-length for fun afternoons! The fabric alwo plays a part as to the look and the draping you want.

Linda
Linda

July 17, 2015

I made an evening gown from purple satin and a knitted purple sequenced shawl. The little girl loved it! Nice pattern!

SandraY
SandraY

July 17, 2015

If I am making re enactment style then they are about midcalf for young girls other wisejust below the knee as they look more mature.

Leah M.
Leah M.

July 17, 2015

I like to dress my dolls in just above the knee length dresses.

Edis
Edis

July 17, 2015

My preference for young girl dolls look very pretty with skirt length just above the knees.

lynda
lynda

July 17, 2015

just above the knee is good for the girls.

Sandy
Sandy

July 17, 2015

I like the just at the knee length. It makes it easy to add or subtract length to get the look you want.

Helen
Helen

July 17, 2015

I like them just above the knee. I think it looks very nice tha t way.And I already have made the peplum top into a dress really like it. thank you very much for the awesome patterns.

Barb B
Barb B

July 17, 2015

I think a little above the knee is appropriate for the “age” of AG dolls (10 to 11 yrs). I was in grade school in the early fifties and can remember feeling dowdy and not pretty in the traditional below the knee dresses and skirts. My Mom made them longer still so I wouldn’t outgrow them for a while! I always wanted my dresses a little above the knee. Now when I make a dress for Molly or Emily, I will break with tradition and shorten the hem just a little. I have noticed my girls always are smiling when I dress them up!
Sharon
Sharon

July 17, 2015

Def knee length…just looks more comfy :D

Patty Gennarip
Patty Gennarip

July 17, 2015

I love dressing my dolls in just above knee length, but I like making the long gowns, too. I love the tweak on this pattern – I can’t wait to start making some!

Ruth
Ruth

July 17, 2015

Although the styles are short, I prefer knee length or longer. I believe in dressing my dolls the same I would want my girls to dress- with some modesty.

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 17, 2015

Tunic length with leggings.

Laura
Laura

July 17, 2015

For a true dress, I like just above the knee, but if I know I’m pairing it with leggings or capris, I like it shorter.

Donna G.
Donna G.

July 17, 2015

Tunic length to wear with tights or leggings!

Deborah
Deborah

July 17, 2015

I perfer knee length or a bit above knee length. I think they look great in any outfit.

Gail
Gail

July 17, 2015

I make doll skirt and dress lengths knee-length or longer as this is the way we encourage our daughters to dress.

Shirley summerfield
Shirley summerfield

July 17, 2015

We can have the best of both worlds with this on! I’d make the skirt full length. Sew 4 small snaps on underside of hem and corresponding on waist. When you want it short, snap it up. I did this on a Hawaiian moo moo for myself and it worked great! I had 2 dresses in one.

Jude
Jude

July 17, 2015

I like most lengths. The length of a particular dress depends on my mood and what fabric I am using. Whatever strikes my fancy at the time.

Carol B
Carol B

July 17, 2015

I prefer knee length for modern fashions and historically appropriate length for patterns based on specific historical eras.

Kathi
Kathi

July 17, 2015

I like my dolls in the knee length dresses for modern wear. They are young girls and I’m trying to keep them out of the minis for a while. LOL. Ah, something in my life that I can control.

Barbie
Barbie

July 17, 2015

For this particular dress I’d like knee length or a little shorter because I think it would look cute with leggings or jeans.

Mercedes
Mercedes

July 17, 2015

My preference is just above the knee.

I love this dress/print !

Irene
Irene

July 17, 2015

Unless party dresses or old fashioned I like mini or knee length.

Jeanie
Jeanie

July 17, 2015

I like different lengths depending on the style. For dressier dresses I like knee length and for cute sassy dresses I like shorter, mid thigh length and sometimes like for a denim skirt a mini skirt length. So a variety is good.

Gail
Gail

July 17, 2015

I like the look of the knee length dresses.

Carol S
Carol S

July 17, 2015

I prefer knee length or just below. Not only do I think this looks better fashion wise, it also is a great length to easily alter the pattern for a longer or shorter style.

Brenda
Brenda

July 17, 2015

I like to make a dress to the knee unless it is a special kind of skirt or dress which requires a certain called for length as a mini, maxi or skater outfit. I just love making the clothes and like all the lengths.

Rosemarie
Rosemarie

July 17, 2015

This question is not as easy to answer as it may seem. As a Christian, trying to instill modest values into young girls, I would have to say, just above the knee. However, there is also the versatility of the shorter length to consider. Mid thigh is wonderful when used as a sweet top paired with shorts, leggings, a skirt, but then, of course, it is no longr a dress. :-) So, to strictly answer the question, I would have to say, just above the knee.

Delores Rocha
Delores Rocha

July 17, 2015

I like about an inch above the knee. It is very stylish.

Joanne
Joanne

July 17, 2015

Great pattern to learn the basics of pattern adjustment and modification to your doll’s specific measurements i,e. length.. .

Sheila
Sheila

July 17, 2015

I prefer below the knee but not floor length

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