Peplum Eyelet Dress


I am on a total mint and cranberry kick right now, and when I saw this gorgeous minty-teal eyelet at the Fabric Store, I knew I had to have it! There is just something about eyelet that I love, how it can be vintage, feminine, classy, yet appealing all at the same time. And figuring out ways to mix it into my wardrobe is a must.

And just like the peek-a-boo eyelet skirt I made last month, I wanted to follow suit with a fun dress.


To make this dress I used the Burda Peplum Top pattern, with dress variation.

As always with Burda Patterns, the fit is fantastic.  I love how flattering the skirt is as it pulls into the body and flairs out. And because it is Peplum style, it hits at just the right place on my stomach.  The cap sleeves are fantastic, and I absolutely adore the back bodice seam and how it dips down so that it hits lower.


IMG_6126 As mentioned previously, I wanted to make this dress in eyelet which meant I got to have a little bit of peek-a-boo fun.

At first I was going to do a much different contrasting fabric underneath. A darker green to give the dress a bit of ‘pop’. But once I started playing around with the different fabrics, the lighter fabric just really grabbed my attention. It made it softer somehow, and allowed for me to pair this gorgeous dress with a lot more belt options to change up the look.

I think this dress would look absolutely fabulous in a black and white version though…if I have a fancy event come my way, I just may need to do that. Can you imagine it? Would be gorgeous!!!

I love the twirl factor in this dress, and would adore seeing it spin across a dance floor.

Although I muted down the lining fabric color, I decided to stick with my eye catching zipper color. I love the surprise it brings to the back of the dress, its unexpected and I love that.

Now, how did I go about lining this dress so that I didn’t need to worry about coverage?


I used the Burda Pattern, and simply chopped off the top shoulders. I made sure to do it in a place where I knew my bra would still be covered – so it is very modest.


From there, I simply finished the top of my lining bodice pieces by turning them towards the wrong side 1/4″ and Pressing, then turning under again 1/4″ and Pressing. Stitch.

Then basted them to the actual full size eyelet pattern pieces. And sewed as normal.

Please note – when sewing patterns, I almost NEVER follow their instructions. I do what’s best for me and my personal sewing. For example, I did not use any facings on this dress, as the eyelet wouldn’t allow for it. So to sew this dress, once it was basted, I simply sewed the darts. Then sewed the side seams – making sure everything matches and was lined up. I then hemmed by cap sleeves, sewed the shoulder seams together, and added my cap sleeve. I then set it aside and started on my skirt.


The skirt too has a lining, which I opted to make much shorter than the eyelet outer layer. I felt this added a bit of youth to the dress. But of course that is completely optional. I do recommend making it a tad shorter though, at the very least, to give the dress more depth. To do this, I simply cut the ‘lining’ pieces shorter then the exterior pattern pieces. I chopped off a good 8-9″ or so all around.


Basting the skirt pieces together only at the top (not all around). Sew them to the bodice as you normally would, add your Zipper to the back seam, finish sewing the back seam, and hem both skirt pieces. Finish your neckline, and you are done.


A fun eyelet dress, or technique, that you can adopt to loads of dress patterns.

Go ahead and have some fun with it!

Twirl Collage

As always, thank you so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!


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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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    • Jess says

      Every time I go to the fabric store lately, I manage to come home with loads of this color palette in my arms. I just can’t help myself :)

    • Jess says

      I was just talking about you yesterday Caila, and just how mush I am loving your style lately! Thanks so much for your sweet words!

    • Jess says

      I BLAME YOU Celina for this color crush!!! Lol, you and your dang Pinterest Pin about Mint and cranberry, and it is all I think about for the past month or so…

  1. sorahart says

    Fantastic and flattering. I never have much luck with bust darts, but I like how the bottom darts turn out. Might have to try this soon!

  2. says

    Gorgeous! It’s so beautiful!
    I would like to sew a mint dress too, but I’m afraid to mess it up! I’ve already bought the fabric, but I just keep pushing it forward :)

  3. says

    I love that you are sharing more adult projects! I like sewing for my kiddos but they aren’t as appreciative as they used to be about it so I’ve been sewing for myself more lately. Also, the eyelet you’ve found is fantastic! I went looking for some (thanks to your inspiration!) and haven’t been able to find much. I looked at Joanne’s, where have you found yours?

    • Jess says

      I found this eyelet at Mood Fabrics, which does have an on-line store. The nicer stores in the fabric districts are all now creating on-line stores, which carry beautiful eyelet, such as Mood, Michael Levine, B&J Fabrics, etc. All carry gorgeous, sometimes designer eyelets, that you cannot find anywhere else!

  4. says

    Gah! I love the dress and I love the fabric! That zipper and belt go so perfectly with the color of the dress. Thanks for the tips on the lining too! I will definitely be checking out this pattern. Gorgeous!!! And you are adorable. That is all.

    • Jess says

      Thank you so much Bev, you are just the sweetest! This is one of the fabrics I purchased at our fabric weekend from Mood – probably the first one I snagged upon entering the store :)

  5. says

    geez ladie. you are so flippin’ adorable. when my figure looks as good as yours does i’ll def make one of these.
    love love love the contrast zipper.

  6. Linda Lee says

    I absolutely LOVE THIS DRESS!!!!!! I have a yellow & White eyelet I have had for years just waiting for the right dress pattern to use it on & THIS IS IT THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!!!!!! Wish me luck, I also have white & yellow lining fabric!!!!! Thanks again Linda Lee

  7. Sarah says

    Hi Jess! I love this dress and all your tutorials. I actually bought this same fabric at Mood in LA many months ago without the slightest idea of what to do with it so I was particularly excited to see your post and how gorgeous the dress came out. One question: can you tell me how you care for this fabric? Is it machine washable (gentle cycle) or hand washable or do you have it dry cleaned? Many, many thanks!

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