Fabric Godmother

Fabric Godmother Peony Dress

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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 printed A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day.

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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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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Shreya | junolovesthread
Peony in Florals

The Fabric Godmother Peony Dress has it all - statement sleeves, the right amount of ruffle, and a gorgeous vintage vibe.
The fit is easy to tweak thanks to the 12 (yes, 12!) darts, and the design has just the right amount of ease to skim without feeling tight. I selected my size based on the size chart and was happy with the fit, but you could definitely size up or down if you preferred a slightly closer/looser fit. The illustrations are clearly illustrated and photographed, and I think they are detailed enough for a newer sewist to tackle if you've sewn an invisible zip and darts before - the trickiest part is really just aligning all of those darts!
My favourite feature is the sleeve puff - this is a lovely couture technique that adds some structure and height to the sleeves, but can easily be left off for a more casual vibe. I also like that the sleeve/hem ruffles balance out nicely with the proportion of the dress.
I sewed this up in a Tana lawn, and have made two other versions in linen and viscose. I love that each dress has a such a different feel depending on the design variation/fabric used, and this pattern can easily transition from a wardrobe staple to glam statement piece!

Olivia Wilkinson
Long awaited Peony Dress

I have just finished the Fabric Godmother Peony dress and it has turned out beautifully! The silhouette is gorgeous and with very little tweaking I have got a lovely fit. There are loads of darts which give the opportunity to alter and tweak as needed. I made it in a pretty polyester for a wedding next month. The fabric skims and falls beautifully making it floaty which is what I wanted. I will definitely make in other fabrics as I think the pretty statement sleeves and well balanced frill will keep this a firm favourite! The pattern instructions are clear and enable a really good finish, if followed carefully and the photos are help. All in all a great pattern, easy to follow and a good result!

Just sew it

Honestly, this is a brilliant pattern.


Fantastic size range - I made a 10 grading to a 12 at the waist and it feels very comfortable to wear.  You can choose to add some omph to the gathered shoulders, which I did by interfacing the shoulder puff piece with mid/heavy interfacing, the instructions talk you how to do this.  Alternatively you can simply gather the shoulder seams if you want them to lie flat.  I was concerned that the shoulders might feel uncomfortable especially with a jacket on top, but really this isn't an issue at all.  I love the overall look, I don't particularly love gathering, but it's worth it.


I made mine in a good quality designer deadstock viscose, but I can guarantee you I'll be making more.  Check out my YouTube review if you fancy https://youtu.be/VhcK3xrmbjk