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MEMADE: Tiny Crayons Peony Dress

Tiny Crayons Peony Dress

19 May MEMADE: Tiny Crayons Peony Dress

Tiny Crayons Colette Peony Dress


Liberty Tana Lawn Sketch C Summer 2016

Liberty Arts Fabric, Tana Lawn, Summer 2016 Collection, Sketch C in Royal

The Fabric

I was in love when I saw this tiny crayons fabric during a Liberty sale last summer. It was from the ‘The Artist’ themed collection of Summer 2016. The fabric is a Tana Lawn (lightweight 100% cotton) with a pattern of simple scattered colourful crayons/pencils which evokes a gorgeous nostalgia for childhood pencil cases.

I’ve got to have this fabric but what can I make? I’ve sewn on and off as a teenager but mainly re-fashioning huge band t-shirts (why do they always come in men XL?) but I have never constructed anything with patterns so I was a bit nervous. 



Peony by Colette Patterns

Peony by Colette Patterns

The Pattern

After strolling through their haberdashery section and stumbled across the perfect pattern for this fabric. Colette Patterns – patterns that teach, perfect! I chose Peony as it is a beginner’s pattern.

Peony is an elegant bateau neck sheath dress that is simple to sew, with added interest from a fully removable cummerbund style belt which can be made in a matching or contrasting fabric, closing with a single button in back. There are two versions with the pattern:

  • Version 1 – features 3/4 length sleeves, a contrasting belt, and in-seam pockets
  • Version 2 – features short sleeves, a matching belt, and no pockets.


As it was summer at the time, I went for Version 2 with contrasting belt. I went through the measurements and size 8 is the closest. I didn’t make a toile, at the time, to be honest at the time I had no idea what a toile was! Luckily, the fit was perfect, I didn’t have to do any alterations to the pattern.


Liberty Tana Lawn, Abbey Pool B

Liberty Arts Fabric, Tana Lawn, Summer 2016 Collection, Abbey in Pool B

The Process

Many blogs suggest to trace out patterns, so I bought tracing paper to trace out the pattern as the package and the pattern were too pretty to cut into! Boy, I didn’t enjoy tracing at all.

All the seams were done with French seams, I didn’t have an overlocker then even though I have the overcast stitch on my Janome sewing machine, I thought to learn a new technique. I didn’t apply French seams to the sleeves (at the time I didn’t know you can do that) so I used the overcast stitch to finish.

I made two cummerbunds for this dress, one with the original crayons fabric since I had fabric left over and an alternate from the cutest Abbey fabric found in Liberty’s remnants section after I chose the pattern. Both made with self-covering buttons.


Close up of the dress with contrasting belt

Close up of the dress with contrasting belt

Lessons Learned

  • The wonders of a French seam!
  • Little known at the time of purchase, instead of invisible zip, I bought the wrong zipper! I have to unpick my stitches and looked for online tutorials for a lapped zip.
  • I did bought material for the lining but after the wrong zip incident, I thought it was too ambitious to line it for my first project.


Final Thought

I really enjoyed this pattern as I remembered. I was quite pleased as my first project. I will definitely make this again. Next time when I make the Peony dress again, I would:

  • Lined the skirt
  • Add in-seam pockets
  • Buy invisible zip!


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