Fabric Godmother Peony Dress

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Buy the Peony Dress sewing pattern from Fabric Godmother. The Peony Dress is the dress you have been missing from your wardrobe. Made in a silk or pretty viscose crepe, it’s the perfect special occasion dress, or made in a linen or babycord you can dress it down for daytime. The pattern also includes a fantastic couture technique to add shoulder puffs to your dress.

The waist seam sits about 1 cm above the natural waist, and the skirt gently skims over the hips. The Peony Dress is not designed to be closely fitted, but there are darts on the front and back of the bodice and skirt so you can easily adjust the fit to your liking. Both Views A and B have a sleeve frill. View A also has a skirt frill that falls just above the ankle, while View B finishes mid-thigh with no frill.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Fabrics with a bit of drape such as viscose, crepe, silk and cotton lawn will give a floaty silhouette. You can also use a fabric with more body such as a mid to lightweight denim, cord or cotton poplin for a more structured dress.

You can use your main dress fabric for the shoulder puffs. If you want a more dramatic puff, use a double layer of your fabric or add a layer of interfacing into your puff. If you are using a thick fabric, you may want to use a lighter weight fabric for the puffs as you may find it hard to gather.

Fabric requirements: If your print is directional, you may need additional fabric. The fabric requirements include the sleeve and hem frills. If you want to use a contrasting fabric for the frills, you will need 80 cm (31.5″) for the hem and 30 cm (12″) for the sleeve.

Sizes 6 – 14

140 cm (55″) wide fabric: View A, 3 m (3.3 yd) // View B, 2.2 m (2.4 yd).

115 cm (45″) wide fabric: View A, 3.8 m (4.2 yd) // View B, 2.8 m (3.1 yd).

Sizes 16 – 22

140 cm (55″) wide fabric: View A, 3.5 m (3.8 yd)  // View B, 2.5 m (2.7 yd).

115 cm (45″) wide fabric: View A, 3.9 m (4.3 yd)  // View B, 3.1 m (3.4 yd).

Sizes 24 – 30

140 cm (55″) wide fabric: View A, 3.9 m (4.3 yd) // View B, 2.8 m (3.1 yd).

115 cm (45″) wide fabric: View A, N/A* // View B, 3.7 m (4 yd).

*The skirt frill cannot be cut out of 115 cm (45″) wide fabric in sizes 24 – 30.

Sizing: UK 6 – 30 (approx. UK 6 – 28, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements.

The pattern is drafted for a height of 167 cm (5’6″) and a B cup.

Notions: 25 cm (10″) of iron-on interfacing; 56 cm (22″) concealed zip.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; A4/US letter print-at-home pattern (48 pages); A0 copy shop pattern (3 sheets) // Layers: Yes // Projector file: No.

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Additional information


Cottons, Drape, Denim / Corduroy

Make time

One to two days

Sewing level



UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52, UK 26 / US 22 / EU 54, UK 28 / US 24 / EU 56

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

48 Pages

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