Hot! The “Stables charm” peplum dress | Adey Lim


2282 The Facts

Fabric: $20 black and white eyelet cotton  from Spotlight, lining from stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 2282 Inspired by Project Runway
Year: 2010
Notions: Invisible zipper $0.50, piping and bias tape from stash
Time to complete: 4.5 hours
First worn: June 2011
Wear again: Yes

Total Cost: $20.50

Somehow when I heard the words ascot races, hats and fascinators, the image of the dress I envisaged was a peplum dress. And while shopping for  pillowcases at Spotlight for last week's challenge, there was a Simplicity pattern sale. I hardly buy non vintage patterns nowadays but with my positive experiences sewing up Simplicity 2591, I browsed the catalogue and the project runway inspired peplum dress pattern called out to me.


I was not disappointed. The pattern was so easy to put together! The instructions were very clear and super detailed. It evens teaches you how to sew a dart, the first that I have seen in a pattern instruction sheet.  If not for the piping and bias details I wanted to add, the dress could have been completed in less than four hours. But, I felt that adding the piping and bias were necessary embellishments to an otherwise rather plain dress. The skirt portion of the dress is lined for opacity and the sleeves were given shaping with two darts on the top and a pleat at the bottom.

When I first saw the fabric, it didn't attract me at all. It was too busy but when I flipped it to the reverse, I loved how simple the eyelet fabric looked. Yes, this dress was sewed using the reverse side of the fabric. It's the first time I've done this and I do not know if there are any consequences to it. I certainly hope not!

Here's how the 'right side' looked.


And here's the 'reverse side' I used.

I was wearing a black fascinator which didn't show up well at the stables' shots and so I took a few more shots back home. 






Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. This is beautiful and the peplum is perfect for the races! I love how the piping outlines the details which would otherwise be lost with a busy print. That’s a great idea. (I’ve chosen to use the wrong side of the fabric a couple of times! why not?! I say.)

  2. margueritedesigns

    Great dress – this black and white challenge seems like a tough one but you’ve managed it well.

  3. Love this!!! Peplum dresses are so great and you look fantastic in this! I love the horses too….that first photo is so lovely! Our fabrics are very similar :)

  4. Gorgeous! I love that you used the reverse of the fabric – I agree, it does look better than the right side did! That peplum is wonderful. :-)

  5. Just right for the races – refined but still fun. Reversing the fabric was very clever. A much more subtle pattern.

  6. Oooh, I’d like to make the EXACT same dress! I think I need a peplum now! Stunning photography this week too Adey, and great instinct with turning that fabric the right but wrong way round! xoxo

  7. Great dress! I was especially excited to see it because I have this pattern and will probably sew it up in the fall. For some reason I want to make this dress in a pretty busy print, too. I love the piping for bringing out the details (although I don’t think it would have been too “plain” without it). Super cute!

  8. That piping and bias edging really adds a lot! The detail of the pattern would have been lost in the busyness of the print without the white edging. Nicely done.

  9. judy roberson

    Love your dress,the peplum is so pretty on you too..The piping ,just set it off.. Looks great on you.Happy sewing.

  10. The piping is a perfect touch – it looks perfect! Love the fascinator, too. :)
    I’ve had pretty good luck with Project Runway patterns. They’re really simple, but good for a quick skirt or dress.

  11. adey, the at home fascinator shot of you is straight out of a magazine! i love the PR patterns but scoffed at this one, now it’s on my list. curses.
    i agree, the reverse side is perfect. like you, i always feel that something will go terribly wrong; the fabric will implode or something…

  12. The peplum is really flattering for most women. Really. I like it. I have a late 1980s dress with flutter sleeves, shoulder pads and a peplum. I need to lose a bit of weight to get into now, but it’s cute, very flirty. Bring back the peplum, someone!

  13. you wore the peplum with style. :) i like that you spent time on making the piping. it made so much difference!

  14. It looks so 1940s! The project runway pattern covers stink and then I see someone make them and I feel the need to run out and buy them, this on included!

  15. Adey, this is completely fabulous! I love the peplum style on you. Great work on the piping!!

  16. Wow – Adey! You look incredible!

  17. You look fabulous in that style. And I agree, the reverse side is much nicer to the right side. Good thinking!

  18. I love this dress pattern how beautiful it is and it looks great on you. I think using the back side of the fabric was a good choice too. The pencil thin hearts on the right side do make it too busy. It is a beautiful dress and the hat is perfect.

  19. Thanks so much Casey:) Phew! I’m so glad using the wrong side of the fabric is fine! Love your b/w dress with fascinator too!

  20. Thanks so much Marguerite! I don’t usually wear black and white so you are right that this was a tough challenge:)

  21. Thank you Debi! The horse was cute, I love them too! Yes, our fabrics are so similar this week! It’ll be interesting to see how each of us use the same fabric differently kekeke.

  22. Thank you Jen! I’m so glad I chose to use the wrong side of the fabric too!

  23. Thanks babe! Think it will look darling on you :) I’m so glad you liked the photography, looks like using the remote control made a difference:)

  24. Thank you so much Alex! Can’t wait to see your fall version of the dress!

  25. Thank you r8chel! The piping and bias trim are my fave parts of the dress, besides the peplum:)

  26. Thank you Judy, I am glad the piping made a difference and I love the peplum too!

  27. Thank you Maren! You are right, the PR patterns seemed pretty gratifying to sew:)

  28. Thank you Oona *blush* *blush* Am so glad you like the dress enough to give this pattern a chance! I’m SO glad Casey assured me nothing will go wrong using the wrong side, she’s so knowledgeable so now instead of which fabric to use, we can all consider which side to use as well:)

  29. Yay to the Peplum! Thank you so much MB and agree with you, there is a subtle flirtiness in the peplum:)

  30. Thanks Fiona, glad you like it :)

  31. Thank you so much Lisette! When I saw PR on the envelope I didn’t expect it to be so easy but this pattern is great and SO SO fast and easy to sew! Will definitely recommend it!

  32. Thanks Meg! I love the peplum too, so subtle in its flirtiness :)

  33. Thank you Meagan, glad the reverse side worked!

  34. Thank you so much Sue! I’m so glad using the reverse worked!