Summer Peppermint Wrap Skirt

Peppermint Wrap Skirt Cotton

I’d been thinking about buying some of this Australian floral printed fabric of Ellie Whittaker‘s from Spotlight’s upholstery fabric section to make this free wrap skirt from Peppermint Magazine for ages! When Spotlight had a sale, I didn’t hesitate to snap it up. But then it sat in my stash for a while and then I cut it out but didn’t sew it up, and then when I eventually sewed it up I realised that it didn’t really work with a single top that I own, so it languished in my wardrobe until today (a couple of days after this cropped white t-shirt arrived in the post)!

Peppermint Wrap Skirt Cotton 2

Size details: I’m a bit larger than the 54″ hip size for this pattern, but I cut the pasdttern as-is and used a slightly smaller seam allowance. The sizing difference means that the side-seams aren’t ‘true’ down the sides, but the generous overlap on the skirt means that it’s still difficult for me to flash the public (though not as difficult as it is in my wool version, which was utterly unaffected by breeze)! The only change I made to the pattern was lengthening the ties slightly.

Peppermint Wrap Skirt Cotton 3

Fabric estimate: I ordered 2.5 metres of this 150cm wide fabric and have a very decent amount leftover, but I did cut the pieces out paying absolutely no attention to pattern placement.

Gingernut Grainline Hemlock

Hemlock Tee

Grainline Studios has recently released their free Hemlock Tee pattern in their new extended size range! I’ve loved the style of the top, and now it’s available in my size! You can get the pattern for free by subscribing to the Grainline email newsletter (which you can do here).

Based on Grainline’s new size chart (below) I made a size 24 (I’m 47″bust and around 54″ hip), and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the size on the arms was quite generous, and meant that I could skip doing a full bicep adjustment!

I cut out the 3/4 sleeve length and the length of the body is halfway between the cropped & mid-length body in this gingernut viscose spandex from Fabric Drop, which is based out of Dunedin in New Zealand. With some pattern tetris, I was able to cut this out from about 1.5 metres (and I’ve got a decent piece leftover too). I usually cut all my patterns on the open (flipping the pattern piece over and tracing a mirror image), and then cut sleeves (and other things I need to cut 2 of) one at a time. Doing that here certainly made it a pretty economical pattern!

Hemlock Tee 2

The 3/4 length sleeves ended up being almost bracelet length for me, because I have quite narrow shoulders and my measurements put me in between size 20 and 22 in the bust, I made a straight size 24. I’m happy with the length, but would do some measuring of the full length arm piece before sewing that as I suspect it would be quite long.

Hemlock Tee 3

I realised after the fact that I had inadvertently sewed up something almost identical to the Grainline sample on the right!

If you’re in the size range for Tessuti’s Mandy Boat Tee pattern, Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’ has done a great blog post comparing it with the Grainline Hemlock!

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 25)

1. Mood Mallow Dress

Size: Up to a size 30 or 63″ hip

2. Fabrics Store Agustina Boxy Top Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

3. Mood Nyssa Dress

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

4. Sew Tina Givens- 4 free patterns

5. Fabrics Store Maria Paula Open Back Dress Pattern

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6. Mood Daffodil Dress

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7. Lekala Wedding Dress

8. Fabrics Store Phoebe Tank Pattern

9. Mood Ulmus Dress

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10. Fabrics Store Avery Tiered Shirt Dress Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

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1. Peppermint Magazine x In The Folds Wrap Top

Size: up to 51 5/8″ Bust

2. Fabrics Store Sky Shirt Dress with Flap Pockets Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

3. Mood Piper Shorts

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

4 & 5. CK Patterns Coffee Break Maxi Skirt & Jacket

6. Fabrics Store Quin Patchwork Dress Pattern

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

7. Mood Rowan Dress

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8. So Sew Easy High-Low Tshirt

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9. Fabrics Store Leena Linen Sleeve Dress

Size: up to size 30 or 58″ hip

10. Mood Thalia Blouse


Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns (part 23)

1. Mood Cherry Jumpsuit

Size: Up to size 30 or 63″ hip

2. Fabrics Store Celine Pull On Jumpsuit

Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

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Size: Up to size 30 or 58″ hip

6. Mood Poinsettia Dress

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7. Bonnie and Blithe Alcoy Dress

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8. Fabrics Store Rhea Tiered Sundress With Shirred Back

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10. Fabrics Store Jane Gathered Shirt Dress

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