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!!!
Anywho.....here'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.
Top with peplum. I mixed view b and c to obtain the look I wanted.
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.
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. )
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!!!!