Sunday, October 7, 2012

NewLook 6130---- The Pretty Peplum Top!

Everyone has been making peplum tops. I feel I'm a little late at jumping on the bandwagon. So I decided to make it about a month ago and ran into some problems. This top almost gave me a run for the money. Most recently I had a fitting issue that halted my progress with this top but I'm glad that I resolved it and was able to complete it. Thanks for all of your comments on my earlier post on this. You helped me realize it just wasn't me. I rarely say this but it was definitely worth the trouble. This top turned out super CUTE! I love peplum tops and look forward to making more. I'll definitely have a Fall/Winter version!!!'s my review.......
(Full View. For fun we took pics under a bridge with a river in the background. Love the cool effect of the background bridge pilings. )

Time to Sew:
This should've been a 4-5 hour top but I had to stop sewing to figure out some pattern alteration issues. It took me a while to realize the back of the pattern was drafted a little weird.

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
It's super easy to sew. I'd give it a 2.
(Back View)

Pattern Description:
Top with peplum. I mixed view b and c to obtain the look I wanted.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size 12 for the bodice and graded to a 14 at the waist.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

(Side view up close)

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the design of the pattern!!!! It's a peplum top and is SO stylish this season.

Fabric Used:
A black cotton stretch twill. I wanted to make this top in a fabric that wasn't too fancy --like a satin---so I could get a lot of wear out of it. Plus it's alot heavier so it gives the top the slight stiffness I wanted and makes the peplum flare a bit more.

(front view, up close. )

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I added 1" to the front bodice length.
2. I'm shortwaisted in the back so I removed 1" from the back length.
3. I added 1" to the peplum.
4. Again, I discovered the upper back of the pattern was drafted a little wide. I heard some other bloggers had a similar problem. This was very strange. So I ended up taking a wedge out the top back edge and tapering about 6" down. So it's like I remove a dart from each back edge. That's an uncoventional, non-textbook fix but it worked. It's odd that that was the only spot where I had a problem. I rarely have a narrow back adjustment to make but it's usually done the entire length of the pattern, not just the upper center back.

What would you do differently next time?:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! This is a super cute top and I want MORE!!!
 (My Wee-One wanted to be in a shot!)
Wardrobe Versatility:
-Paired with a bright pair of pants, capris or shorts.
-Worn with a cute pencil skirt.

Enjoy your Sunday and happy sewing to ya!!!!


  1. I agree...super cute! Your work paid off..BIG! Nice work!

  2. Oh, girl! That is SO cool! I'm late to the party, too, but my next project is a peplum top and skirt. It's really, really nicely done, Victoria.

  3. Great outcome,looks uber cute! Now, I just need to finish mine. Thanks for the inspiration to pick it back up. Hopefully, I'll finish soon, lol!!

  4. I didn't think I wanted a peplum top, having worn them in the 80's, but now I see yours I can see how this would look great with a neat little pencil skirt. There goes another thing in my sewing queue ...

  5. Victoria my New Look 6130 is still in the muslin stage since back in June. Still needs some work. Yours is a great big success - cute.

  6. It looks great on you. The whole outfit looks great on you!

  7. It does look fantastic on you! Great job!

  8. Great job , beautiful top , you look fabulous

  9. Cute! Looks great with the pants!

  10. Great pictures under the bridge and what a cute top! I need to get going and make one of those!

  11. Thanks for the review - your top looks totally cute - well worth the effort to fix the problems.

  12. That is a very cute peplum top that you have made for yourself and totally suits you. Love the photos done under the bridge - great effect.

  13. Such a great style for you, you just nailed this one!! Looks so elegant on you, definitely worth the trouble and the little one is just ADORABLE!

  14. super cute and love the way your styled it.

  15. Great job on the top! the peplum looks great on you! And those photos are AWESOME! They're almost surrealistic!

  16. it look great on u...i think i should try this pattern also..but of coz mine is long sleeve...ha.ha..
    this peplum design is hit now..wish me luck..
    and look how it goes...♥♥

  17. Well done. This is a great looking outfit. I love the last picture with you and your adorable daughter.

  18. Love the white dress. Love the site! Definitely coming back on a regular basis to see what you're up to.

  19. Victoria, I just found you!!! It's Angela from Threads of Love and SCC. I had no idea you had a blog. I am making this top now and am at a stand still until I find the right zipper. I haven't fitted it yet and now I'm scared! lol. I'm leaning towards an exposed metallic zipper but haven't made the final decision yet. Yours turned out beautifully. I'm trying to get mine finished for Easter to wear with a wrap skirt. I may be calling you for help......literally! haha

    So glad I stumbled across your blog!

  20. Hey Angela!!!!!!!! Wow's it's a small world in the sewing blog community, huh? Glad you found me. I've definitely connected to your blog. I love your Easter idea. Such pretty colors. Feel free to call me anytime. Glad we get to follow each other's sewing adventures;)


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