League of Dressmakers

The League of Dressmakers is an online subscription club for the adventurous seamstress. In a connected community, members embrace courageous creativity through video lessons, garment sewalongs, inspiring textile travel documentaries, and friendships with other folks who love to sew clothes. Come be a world-saving, pin-busting, adventurous stitcher with us!

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This sweet peplum tee is a great, easy shape to wear and sews up from just a few pattern pieces–and only a little more than a yard of fabric! I made my version using a green “sweater” knit I discovered in my stash, which I truly don’t even remember buying. The result is so wearable that I picked it to wear on a cross-country flight the very day after it came off the sewing machine!

As part of the Design and Sew Your Perfect Tee Shirt series, this peplum tee is a chance to work on making small alterations to a pattern piece that have a big impact. In this case, we begin with a basic tee shirt front and back, and transform them into a semi-fitted top with a gathered peplum and scoop neckline. League members can find the series here, and you can join the League if you’re not a member yet!

One of my favorite parts of this series so far has been that it’s such a distilled representation of what the League is all about: sewing joyfully by making things we’re delighted to wear! Tee shirts have a role in nearly everyone’s life & style, and the variations we’re making during this video series offer so many options. Each video is also giving us room to think though how to personalize our sewing so that it brings us enjoyment WHILE we sew, and enjoyment in WHAT we sew. Whether you’re looking to upcycle thrifted tees into something that suits your body or wardrobe better; to avoid fast fashion by sewing your own tee shirts; or to refine your sewing skills by working with knit fabrics and self-drafted pattern pieces, there’s a lot to love about this series!

Happy sewing, everyone! ~Deborah

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