The thoughts, sewing projects, and fabric oglings of a dedicated sewist.

P is for Perfect

And it is also for peplum and I am in love with this style top!  Oh, Peplum, where have you been all my life???

I can't believe it took me this long to make one.  I could have been wearing these tops for at least a year now!  I think they are just pefect for us inverted triangle shapes - boosts the hips, nips the waist just like I like it. 

This is the first one I made.  The fabric is a ponte knit I bought from ages ago.  I like how the peplum forms with this weight of fabric.  This is the second version of this top - I first made the peplum with a 3/4 circle skirt but it was too full for me.  So I ripped that seam out and re-made the peplum closer to what I had in mind.  I kept things simple and finished the neck and arms with black fold-over elastic (stretching just a little as I sewed).

I had to add back darts to get the back to fit well in the upper back, but hey!  They worked!

And the next day I made another one . . .

This one is made from a crepe jersey I purchased from (yes, it's also the fabric I used in my Garnet Hill knock-off, and yes I might just have enough for one last top).  This time I finished the neck with neckline binding using a bias strip of fabric.

I extended the bodice on this one and it's a little too long in the back.  I should rip and re-stitch, but we'll see.

I used the bodice, skirt, and sleeve patterns from Wendy Mullin's Sew U Home Stretch.  To make the peplum, I traced the top 10 inches of the skirt pattern, then drew two slash lines (dividing the skirt into three sections, two equal sized sections and one half as big at center front/back).  I spread each slash 1.75 inches and the new pattern pieces look like this:

You want to see the pieces with the slash & spread?  Yeah, sorry about that.  I crumpled them up and tossed them in the trash before I thought about taking a picture.  Oh, well!

For the elbow-length sleeves I morphed the short sleeve pattern and the long sleeve pattern in the book to get the look/fit I wanted.  I can't really describe this process.  I just played around with the two pieces, tracing them and re-tracing them until they looked right (ie., looked similar to the Silhouette Pattern #195 sleeves that I often use as a base).

I like this look so much that it might inspire me to try a dress with a full skirt, something I've long avoided.  Who knows?  This could me a turning point in my wardrobe and next thing you know I'll be making one of these:

Vogue 2960

I do love this.  And I actually own dear Vogue 2960.  I just can't see myself actually wearing this to anywhere except tea with the Queen.  And as of yet, I haven't been invited.
6 comments on "P is for Perfect"
  1. You know the saying, build it and they will come? Well, it works for sewing too, make it and the invitations will come;)

    1. Yes! So does that mean if I make a full-length ballgown someone will invite me to a ball?!

  2. Love your new tops! Especially the pink one ;-)

    I also love that Vogue pattern - I bought it a few months ago and hope that I actually do make it at some point. Maybe we should organize an afternoon tea at the Drake so we can all make and wear pretty dresses?

    1. I love that idea, Gail! I picture a bunch of sewing bloggers strolling into the Drake (and they do have the best tea - went there for a birthday celebration once) to munch on real crumpets. We'd have to practice in advance to avoid soiling our matching gloves . . .

  3. Do it! Make the Vogue! You know the dress isn't as poofy if you don't do a crinoline, but that full skirt will still give you the tiny waist look you love about the peplum tops... Wait, I think I need to make the Vogue now, too! ;)

    1. This is too much encouragement! Now I'm bound to start dreaming about the perfect fabric . . .