A hacked ruffle sleeve top

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top Cotton 2

It’s quite hard finding good sewing patterns for larger ladies, and I’ve had so many fails with paid patterns that when I find free plus size sewing patterns, I definitely have to find out more.

I’ve learnt so much from sewing the Peppermint Magazine‘s free sewing patterns, and I hacked a couple of short sleeves versions of their popular Ruffle Sleeve Top.

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top Cotton

Sizing Details: I made a Size J and in addition to omitting the ruffle sleeve, I omitted the entire sleeve. I used my burrito facing method which the Peppermint Jumpsuit pattern taught me to fully enclose the raw edges of the armholes and neck in the facing.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this hack because I did nothing to address the different drafting for sleeved and sleeveless things, so this top is forever falling off my shoulders. But, as far as free basic sewing patterns for beginners go, this one is a winner!

Ruffle Sleeve Free Plus Size Pattern

Style Arc Ethel Pants 2

I’m always looking for free printable plus size sewing patterns!

Peppermint Magazine’s free minimalist sewing patterns haven’t always been so size inclusive, but all but one of their patterns which were drafted by Emily from In The Folds go up to a 54.5″hip.

Style Arc Ethel Pants

Sizing Details: I made a Size J, omitted the ruffle on the sleeve and did a faux Full-Bicep-Adjustment by sewing very small seams in the arms. They’re still too tight, but are hidden by the busy pattern.

I learn sew much every time I sew these free modern sewing patterns from Peppermint Magazine. This shirt has a great facing, and french-seamed arm holes!

Scribble Peplum top

Peppermint Peplum Rayon 2

This Peplum top is a free plus size sewing patterns for beginners from in Peppermint Magazine in Australia and is drafted by the lovely Emily from In The Folds.

I had enough fabric leftover from my Scribble Rayon Adeline to make the peplum with an extra long frill, which makes it long enough to style with pants that aren’t super high-waisted.

Have you read this article on the difference between a frill & a flounce? Neither had I until I was looking for how to describe the bottom part of the peplum!

Pepermint Peplum Rayon

I have another 3 of these tops in the ‘almost finished’ sewing pile, which I’m excited to be able to wear next summer!


Size Details: Although my measurements put me between a J-K on the Peppermint scale, I actually sewed a size H and am wearing it on a 47″bust and 54″ hip.