Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: The Riding Peplum + Party Dress

on July 14 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 90 Comments

It’s our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Comment for a chance to win!

Name: The Riding Peplum + Party Dress

Brand: April Rhodes Sewing Patterns

Description: The Riding Peplum + Party Dress is a quick-to-sew, easy-to-wear pattern with subtle bust darts and a slightly loose waistline. The riding-length peplum is perfectly designed to be pulled on and worn effortlessly with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings. Run out and ride a horse, a bike or a motorcycle! Shoes and accessories can quickly dress it up or dress it down. The party dress-length peplum has the same easy fit with added length for a fun, swingy skirt. It’s perfect for your birthday celebration or just a ladies’ night out on the town!

Format: Both Paper and PDF are available. The PDF is available on the April Rhodes site, and paper versions are available in local sewing shops across the globe.

Skill Level: Beginner

Techniques Involved: Bust darts

Sizes: XS – XXL (bust range from 32″ – 45″)

Recommended Fabrics: Light weight textiles such as cotton, lawn, voile, double gauze, shot cotton, chambray or linen blends.

Price: $15.00

Customer Examples:

Amber and Jaime from Fancy Tiger Crafts

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Let’s talk fabric… Is there a recent collection you love, that you’re ready to sew into a new top? Where do you find the best apparel fabric? What do you look for in fabric when you’re sewing for yourself? What would you use to sew up a new Riding Peplum or Party Dress?! Your comment enters you to win a copy of the pattern!

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90 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: The Riding Peplum + Party Dress

  1. Rachel says:

    I like to go to SewtoSpeak locally for my fabric… I think a double gauze from Nani Iro would be beautiful for this!

  2. Sally F. says:

    I’m still not a pro at choosing apparel fabrics. I know I make the beginner mistake of being drawn to the variety of quilting cotton prints when I know there are apparel fabrics that might be a better choice. It’s hard to picture apparel fabrics as garments when they’re still on the bolt, though!

  3. Stacia says:

    I’ve really wanted to try sewing with voile recently. Rochelle (of Lucky Lucille) has some fabric on Spoonflower that I’ve been wanting to order.

  4. Ness says:

    Beautiful pattern, I would like to try this on a flowery cotton fabric.

  5. Margaret says:

    I would love to make the party dress for my daughter mostly because I haven’t made anything for her in a long while–so hard to find cute things for her. this would be perfect for her.

  6. Jessica w says:

    I dont know enough companies. I love most of the fabrics at sew charlee

  7. Emily says:

    Love sew caroline’s gleeful!

  8. Hilary says:

    I’ve been wanting this pattern for a while now! I would use the mint green voile print from April Rhodes Arizona collection.

  9. MelodyJ says:

    I would use a cotton blend.

  10. Erin says:

    I find the best apparel fabric at a local shop here in Denver called Colorado Fabric. The selection is great and there are some crazy deals like less than $3/yard! I would love to find a unique fabric and make the riding peplum top – it’s just so cute and would be the perfect addition to my handmade wardrobe!

  11. Rosanna says:

    I think SewCaroline’s Gleeful fabrics collection is gorgeous!

  12. sharon cason says:

    I love the peplum top,been wanting a pattern but couldn’t find one I liked…love this one. I like working with cotton/lycra would love to win

  13. Brianne says:

    I want to make the dress version in some pink voile I’ve been hoarding. I also have a navy floral challis I’ve been holding on to…hmmm ….

  14. D Herrmann says:

    I don’t have a favorite fabric line but I can see that wonderful summer dress in a small print. So cute!

  15. Nancy says:

    I prefer natural fibres and look for something different. I don’t have a fav designer. I just love little sample pieces that are unique.I also love using fabric from vintage or thrift store clothing.

  16. Rita says:

    I love the Michael Miller fabric with the pink and gold chevrons!

  17. krystina says:

    I am loving Anna Maria Horner’s new line. I’m dying to get my hands on some of her new knits!

  18. Roxanne says:

    I look for how easy the fabric is to care for when sewing for myself (or my kids for that matter). While I’m open to just about anything for special occasion clothes, I don’t have time for caring for finicky fabrics when it comes to daily wear.

  19. Janet says:

    Lovely pattern!
    I love Liberty prints, but I’ve been printing my own designs recently.

  20. Elisha says:

    I don’t keep track of “collections”! I love fabric from thrift stores and estate sales.

  21. Laura MJ says:

    I’m in love with Cotton + Steel Mustang. The party dress in that lawn would be SO FUN!

  22. I have been dying to try one of her patterns!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  23. Amanda says:

    I would love to try this out in voile!

  24. auschick says:

    I’m obsessed with Cotton + Steel, Birch Organics (the print with the strawberries on it!), and many of the knits at girl charlee! I typically buy from Fabric.com or the local fabric store near my house (G Street). When I’m in NY though, I go to Mood :). I usually use quilting cottons for sewing because I mostly do kids clothing, but I am starting to try out lawn and voille.

  25. Carla says:

    I love finding apparel fabric in thrift stores! Also, the wonderful Hawthorne threads. Thanks for the chance! Cute pattern!

  26. sarah says:

    I’d love to do this in a nice subtle print.

  27. Dita says:

    I love love love April Rhodes’ new line Arizona! I find that Art Gallery Fabrics have fabrics that I just love!

  28. Audrey says:

    I love that some of the new collections are available in voile and this dress would be great!

  29. Gina says:

    I really like just about all the Art Gallery fabrics for clothes sewing as well as Robert Kaufman chambrays and denims. And I’m really itching to sew with Joel Dewberry’s birch farm collection. If I won this pattern though I think I’d stitch it up in some white Kona cotton and use some indigo dye for a shibori effect. Anthropolgie has a version of this,but they add exquisite embroidery as well which I’m not so sure I could replicate.

  30. Elena says:

    I really like it that a lot of the quilting fabric lines carry their prints in voiles. I love designers such as Amy Butler and Ann Maria Horner for apparel.

  31. Kathleen DeSouza says:

    I can’t imagine not sewing the dress and the top.. In a million solids stripes and prints. It’s PERFECT.

  32. Cindy says:

    I love everything from Valori Wells. I’d love to make the Riding Peplum in a voile. Thanks.

  33. Jolien says:

    Even though there are so many online stores, I do love browsing the tiny fabric stores in the neighbourhood where you can feel the fabric… Though, online nobody’s asking me or looking weird at me if I hang around for too long… Or admit I don’t have a project in mind… yet… ;)

  34. Maaike says:

    Love the pattern! I have a few flowery cottons in my stack that would be excellent for this, but I must say I also like the geometric patterns that are shown in the pictures above very much.

  35. Sarah says:

    I would use some double gauze. Thanks!

  36. Kat H says:

    These days, I try to buy my fabric second hand and vintage, so I must admit I don’t really know what fabric collections are out there. :-)

    I like bright colours and quirky prints, cottons and rayons.

  37. Chandra says:

    I have a double gauze that I’ve been itching to cut into that would be perfect for this!

  38. Rachel Hawpe says:

    I would use something bright and fun ;)

  39. Tammie says:

    I would love to try this pattern in April’s voile.

  40. sarah says:

    loving any of the liberty lawns this summer!

  41. Judy says:

    I never have a particular fabric in mind when I go to buy fabric for apparel. I like to go and see what the fabric store has that would work best for me and the pattern I am making. My favorite local store to find apparel fabricwhere I live is the Mill End Store.

  42. Rebecca says:

    I buy a lot of my fabric a local swapmeet. Many jobbers from LA sell leftover fabric from the factories there for very cheap. I would love to win this pattern. It looks like fun.

  43. The new Pretty Potent knits have caught my eye for a new top, but when I was ready to purchase, my local shop was already out. I’ll have to look at Fat Quarter Shop.

  44. Tatiana says:

    I never buy fabric online, since I like to feel the texture of the fabric… I only buy natural fibers, that are soft to the touch… other than that, anything goes!

  45. veronica says:

    I look for unique and bold prints that you would not normally find at a big chain clothing (not that there is anything wrong with them). It’s just that I like my outfits looking unique and often elicit the question, “where did you get that?” because it looks unique.

  46. Allison Sews says:

    I want to make a top out of Indelible but I love all the prints so much, I can’t decide which one to use!

  47. Chrissy says:

    I love and can’t wait to get Sew Caroline’s GLEEFUL fabrics!

  48. Shannon says:

    This peplum is sooo cute!

  49. Kathy says:

    My small town doesn’t have “collections”! However, I’d love to sew a pretty party dress in a soft, flowing knit so it would swirl around my legs when I walk!

  50. Cat says:

    These look good in voile or chita or seersucker… Which is a refreshing take on the peplum, usually tight ponte or stretch fabrics.

  51. Linda Fleming says:

    I recently bought some of Anna Maria Horner’s quilting weight cotton in Field Study for a specific project but I know she does other fabrics too. I’d love to make one of these tops in a light weight knit or voile in her newest range.

  52. Rita says:

    Wow… so many questions! :) I don’t visit fabric.com or the fabric store often enough to be on top of collections, but I love Anna Maria Horner and, of course, Liberty of London. If I won this, I’d make the dress in an eyelet for summer (maybe grey with a light lilac lining).

  53. Megan says:

    I am loving the new Hatbox collection from Cotton + Steel. The Tiger Stripes fabric is just so cute.

  54. I would make the party dress with a large watercolor flower print.

  55. Kristie says:

    I’d love to use a nice voile or double gauze to sew a Riding Peplum top or a dress. I often upcycle thrifted clothing into new pieces. That way I know how the fabric will wash and wear. I have been burned with apparel fabric bought online before. I think I’d be willing to spring for some higher end new apparel fabric if I win the pattern though. Thanks!

  56. Mandi says:

    I like fabric with BIG print! I need to find a new one for a dress I want to make…

  57. diane says:

    I’ve been in love w/the Riding Peplum ever since April Rhodes debuted her “Arizona ‘ fabric collection….which I have purchased and only made one thing thus far.
    I love the way this fabric feels, I like dainty prints, bold prints and def Southwest!
    So this pattern just has to find it’s way to me so I can sew sew sew during this heat…too hot and humid outside.
    Thank you for the opportunity:)

  58. fenna says:

    I would LOVE to make this in the grey print from the old Rock ‘n Romance line by Pat Bravo (who is incidentally my favourite fabric designer!)

  59. Elizabeth says:

    Hancocks fabrics is just down the road from my house so I usually start there when looking for apparel fabrics, but I really wish more quilting cotton prints were made in apparel fabrics since the designs are so beautiful!

  60. kristin says:

    I’d LOVE to sew this – looks so flattering! Of course I’m super excited about Cotton + Steel, but who isn’t right?? A riding peplum/party dress would be pretty amazing in a Mustang print.

  61. sorahart says:

    I usually find the fabric I need at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Not sure if our budget could take it if I started ordering fabric online, LOL. I do love the April Rhodes Arizona collection though!

  62. Tammy says:

    I’m not current on what’s new with fabric lines. I love this pattern though and would look for a fun fabric to make a dress out if it for myself!

  63. Robin says:

    I want to wrap myself up in Robert Kaufman’s chambray. this pattern would work.

  64. Bonnie MS says:

    I look for color and pattern…my husband says I love old lady prints and patterns. Soooo….that being said I go to thrift stores and goodwill to get both old lady stash fabric (especially knit) and garments to refashion.

  65. Rachel says:

    I have recently been buying up the fabrics in a collection called Maritime at my local fabric store. It is full of denims, chambray and laces. I think the party dress would look great in a light weight chambray that I have.

  66. Nikki H. says:

    This pattern looks adorable. I have a large turquoise and purple Hawaiian-ish print that would be so cute in this pattern.

  67. Ashley says:

    Most of my fabric comes from the Thrift store, either from upcycling an extra large garment or my local thrift store has tons of fabric by the yard! I’ll purchase something new for special occasions if I need to.

  68. Maddy says:

    I can’t wait to get some of Sew Caroline’s Gleeful line!

  69. Elisabetta says:

    I’d go with jeans, it would be a nice challenge ^_^

  70. Sarah says:

    I would make the top. Maybe in a fun print. Gorgeous pattern x

  71. Marci Girl says:

    My latest fabric love, like a million others I’m sure are the cotton & steel gals lines…so pretty and so are their blenders! I’m not sure if these fabrics will make this top successfully, but it sure would be awesome!

  72. I would love both, but I think I’d do the Party Dress first!

  73. Serena says:

    I love Anna Maria Horner’s new Pretty Potent fabrics, but as to specific places for garment fabrics, I don’t have any.

  74. Catherine says:

    I would sew the peplum.

    I buy apparel fabric locally because I like to be able to feel it first.

  75. Jess says:

    I’ve always bought my garment fabrics at JoAnns, but I made my first on-line garment fabric purchase a few weeks ago (from Etsy). I’m thinking that I will try it again. :)

  76. Christina Sylka says:

    Gorgeous. I actually might to make this in a solid colour, like black or navy.

  77. Tina C. says:

    I need some tops in solid colors, since i tend to use wild prints with my skirts. I like to use quilting cottons for skirts and solid cottons for tops. However, I would make that dress with an old Vera sheet that I have been saving for a perfect dress.

  78. Samina says:

    I really like the dress version of that pattern, but I’m not sure that I’ve got fabric in stash that would be suitable for it. I’d have to go on a shopping fun for something, darn :-P

  79. Oh, so cute! Gosh, you are introducing me to soooo many great new designers! Ever since The Super Online Sewing Match, I’ve been finding almost all of my favourite fabrics in the quilting section. Great quality 100% cotton is always my choice, and I would sew this peplum top and dress in a fun summery print!

  80. Gail Saunders says:

    Truth….I’ve never order/bought fabric online Through Sew mama I’ve visited many online stores. I’ve mostly been sewing for my grandchildren and just splurged and bought some beautiful organic cotton to make a little camp shirt for the baby boy and a dress for the big sister. However, I might consider using for myself to make this top. I think the cut of this would work well with my plump middle

  81. ParisGrrl says:

    Cute pattern. When I buy fabric it has to be something that really excites me, so I look forward to figuring out what to make with it. My latest splurge was a wacky solar system print, which is dying to be made into a dress.

  82. Margo says:

    I just felt some Art Gallery fabrics for the first time and I loved the feel of them! I would like to choose something drapey for the peplum dress, with a fun print that will match cardigans in my closet. :)

  83. Ella says:

    I would use the mustangs from Melody Miller’s Cotton and Steel line.

  84. Jenny says:

    Well I already love that Palos Verde voile that one of the dresses is made in so that would be my choice. I buy my fabric from UK online stores such as Abakhan. I wish I lived near a fabric store though as I like to feel the quality, never mind the width.

  85. Starly says:

    Love this one. I have recently acquired some lightweight cotton wovens that would be perfect for this!

  86. Joy says:

    I can’t wait to cut into April Rhodes Arizona line. I order apparel fabric online and can sometimes find it locally. I usually look f for a fabric that I Love and then find a pattern that fits the fabric. It is definitely easier to find fabric for my girls.

  87. Tracy Chin says:

    I am LOVING Sew Caroline’s ‘Gleeful’ line!

  88. Debbie says:

    I love these patterns

  89. Raina DelRio says:

    Tula Pink Nightshades if my fave fabric collection. That would be an AWESOME fabric to make this out of!

  90. Liz says:

    I would love to try making the dress! I think it would look great in April Rhode’s Arizona voile print!




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