Hot! The “Folk Festival” Dress

I’ve seen a lot of floral-print pants this summer, but when I try them on I feel like I’m bringing back the ’80s in a bad way. So I decided to translate the floral trend into a dress!

I used a pattern I’ve sewn before, and what a great idea that turned out to be! It sews up much faster the second time around, and I knew how to get the fit just right.

The Facts

Fabric: Victoria, Part of the Jennifer Paganelli Crazy Love collection from Sew, Mama Sew

Pattern: Colette Patterns Peony. This is the second Peony I’ve made, the first being my Owl Dress with three-quarter sleeves.

Year: Current

Notions: Invisible zipper and a green button to close the belt

Time to complete: About 4 hours

First worn: To the Brooklyn Folk Festival, followed by birthday drinks for a friend. Everyone at the birthday shindig said my dress was very “folky,” so I guess it was appropriate.

Wear again? Yes, already have!

Total price: $25, not including the cost of the pattern

















And here’s a really good reason to wear this dress: the butterflies love it!



Ashley (The Feisty Redhead) is a web editor at Martha by day and a wild-eyed crafter by night. She admits to choosing crafts over peanut butter -- a huge deal for her.


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  1. There’s nothing quite like a butterfly for the finishing touch on an outfit. Sweet dress, perfect for your folk festival. The colours are such fun.

  2. That is such a fun print and a lovely dress.

  3. Great dress, I love folk music, can you send me a link so I can put it on my calendar for next year?

  4. Your Peony is great! I have the pattern and am debating making it for an upcoming wedding….

  5. Love your dress and love your fabric pretty

  6. That’s a very pretty dress! I love the print and it goes so well with your hair. I would love to make a suit out of that-

  7. Very lovely! I can see why the butterflies are so attracted to it. It looks wonderful on you.

  8. Great dress! And how amazing that a butterfly landed on you!

  9. Lovely dress. One of the things I’m really loving about Sew Weekly is seeing the variety of versions we can make of a simple pattern, your Owls and this floral look totally different but amazingly are the same pattern, it’s so fab! Beautiful colour, it suits you so well and contrasts so beautifully with your hair (which I am mega jealous of btw).

    • Thank you! I am so glad to hear the dresses look different. I’m obsessed with Peony and can’t stop making them. I was worried all my clothes would start to look the same. Totally agree that the variety with one pattern is one of the best things about SW!

  10. I love that print! Perfectly “folky”!

  11. Love the fabric! And I agree with Gina and Tempest–it looks great with your hair.

  12. Love the colors and the print and the simple shape.