Sewing School

ISSUE 21 – LEADER OF THE PACK

These little hand-stitched pooches are a whole lot quieter – and less messy – than the real thing, yet still super cuddly and adorable! Use soft felt fabric for the bodies (or get creative with your leftover fabric scraps) and craft those heart-melting expressions with outer stitching detail and small black buttons. Make a date with your very own dog pack!

Download the instructions and patterns here.

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ISSUE 20 – WRAP AND ROLL

This lightweight wrap-around frock will have you floating out the door on a summer breeze. Go for a bold, bright print or something subdued; buttons and trim can be made in a contrasting fabric. Fully lined, the dress is 100% reversible for a two-in-one garment.

Download the pattern here.

Download the instructions here.

 

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ISSUE 19 – JERSEY GIRL

Nothing trumps comfort when it comes to day-to-day wear. This super comfy box cut tee with three quarter sleeves is perfect for all seasons. Choose a pair of jersey or knit fabrics with natural stretch, or try using contrasting fabrics scraps from another project for the sleeves and neck detailing.

Download the pattern here. (Remember to set your printer to the ’tile’ or ‘poster’ option before printing).

Download the instructions here.

 

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ISSUE 18 – TASSEL TIME

There’s nothing like a tassel to put a bit of extra swing in your step! This comfy winter throw-over with dramatic back detailing and a cute tassel to boot can made in a brushed cotton or felt fabric for a cozy feel. Use a contrasting colour for the lining, oversized button and tassel detailing.

Download the pattern here.

Download the instructions here.
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ISSUE 17 – PROM PERFECT

Whether you’re dressing to the nines or opting for a comfy frock, this 1950s-style prom dress courtesy of The Vintage Pattern Selector has you covered with its flattering box pleats and sweet neckline details – just one of the 15 retro-inspired sewing patterns available from this book. We recommend choosing a medium-weight cotton in a block colour for a classic evening dress, or try a fun print for a lighter garden frock. Download this special pattern for free below and pencil in a date with your sewing machine!

Download the instructions here.
Download the pattern here.

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ISSUE 16 – SHORT STUFF

Winter pallor be gone! These not-too-short shorts are the perfect length for embracing the sun this summer. High-waisted and with sweet detailing, try making a pair out of vintage or recycled fabric. Match your pockets and waist with a cute contrast, add some buttons for interest and bob’s your uncle! Download the pattern for free below and spend some quality time with your sewing machine. Pair your shorts with a basic tee and some comfy shoes and say a-hoy to summer days!

Download the pattern here & the instructions here

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ISSUE 15 – BAG OF PLENTY

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get outdoors and greet the blooming world once again. Perfect for carrying this season’s market finds, fresh cut flowers, or whatever else you’re toting around, this DIY shoulder bag can be created from vintage or recycled fabrics or your favourite boutique print. Created exclusively for Peppermint by Ellie Beck of Red Seed Studio, you can download the instructions and pattern for free below. Match your bag to your favourite warm-weather outfit and get ready for perfectly co-ordinated sunny days!

Download the instructions & pattern here


ISSUE 14 – CUTE CAPERS
Nothing says winter like a bit of warmth draped around your shoulders. While you might like to get snug with a blanket behind closed doors, why not try this cute cape for when you’re out and about! Perfectly suited to vintage or recycled fabrics, you can even combine the two and turn that old blanket into a new fashion accessory. Download the pattern below for free and cosy up with your sewing machine. Match your cape with a cute hat or headpiece and a clutch and you’ll be ready to welcome winter with open arms!

Download the instructions here.
Download the pattern here.

ISSUE 13 – SHIFT STYLE
Strut into the new season with this pretty, retro-inspired shift dress. Pick out some of your favourite vintage or recycled fabric, make a date with your sewing machine and download the pattern for free below. Accessorise with a cute cardi and some tights, and you’ll be ready to take on the day and night in one-of-a-kind, handmade style.

Download the instructions here.
Download the pattern here.

ISSUE 12 – BEARY CUTE
As a very special treat for kids and kids at heart, we are tickled pink to offer you this special summer Sewing School project, created exclusively for Peppermint by Rosie Ok! With four customisable patterns available (bow or no bow? jumper or no jumper?), these little cuties are the perfect excuse to crochet away a lazy summer afternoon with friends – and make gorgeous DIY stocking stuffers too! Download your free pattern below – as always, we recommend that you print on scrap or recycled paper, using draft printer settings, and even share or pass on the pattern once you’ve finished. And please email us with any questions or to show off your beary cute handiwork!

Download the instructions here.

ISSUE 11 – DRESS IT UP
Welcome back to Sewing School. If the pretty tunic top from Issue 11 took your fancy and you want to make one for yourself (or even a dress from the same pattern), we’re pleased to say all that you need is here to download free! Of course, as always, we recommend that you print on scrap or recycled paper, using draft printer settings, and even share or pass on the pattern once you’ve finished. And please email us with any questions or to show off your handiwork! Good luck!

Download the instructions here.
Download the pattern here.





ISSUE 10 – PERFECT PLAYSUIT

Welcome back to Sewing School. If you liked our snuggly winter playsuit from Issue 10 (modelled by our very own Rachel Manns) and want to make it for yourself, we’re pleased to say the pattern and instructions are yours to download free right here! Of course, as always, we recommend that you print on scrap or recycled paper, using draft printer settings, and even share or pass on the pattern once you’ve finished. And please email us with any questions or to show off your handiwork! Good luck!

Download the Peppermint Playsuit Instructions
Download the Peppermint Playsuit Pattern

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ISSUE 9 – SWEET PLEATS SKIRT

Welcome back to Sewing School – our next installment is this lovely Autumn pleated skirt. Don’t be put off by the charming, but possibly tricky-looking, pleats – our resident sewanista Sandra will guide you through them with ease. As mentioned before, we of course recommend that you print on scrap or recycled paper, using draft printer settings, and even share or pass on the pattern once you’ve finished. And please email us with any questions or to show off your handiwork with any photos!


Download: Origami Skirt Instructions
Download: Origami skirt pattern

ISSUE 8 – SUMMER TUNIC

Welcome to Sewing School: the place where we rediscover the lost domestic skills that made our grandmamas so nifty. There are no rules here, except an understanding that by making your own you’re finding a way to express your own style, eliminate social and environmental injustice, and – just as a warning – may even come out looking fabulous.

For our first session we have a free pattern for this simple summer tunic dress (pictured below), courtesy of our expert sewanista Sandra Bryans. To make one of your very own, simply click to download and print off the following instructions and pattern, pick a favourite fabric, grab a cuppa and get stitching! As noted in the instructions that follow, we of course recommend that you print on scrap or recycled paper, using draft printer settings, and even share or pass on the pattern once you’ve finished. Best of luck, and please email us with any questions or a sweet snap of your finished product!

Download: Summer Dress Instructions
Download: Summer Dress Pattern

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