I’ve seen a few of these sewing plan posts pop up and thought I’d get a piece of the action and join in. I’m so excited to share with you my planning and making lately, so read on for more…
Liberty is by far my favourite fabric and I jump at the chance to buy some when it’s on offer or I find a new colourway on Ebay. So, imagine my happiness when I saw that White Tree Fabrics had an offer on before Christmas (their offers are usually sent out via newsletter so I suggest signing up if you want the chance to snap up some Liberty at a discounted price in the future).
I made this top while at home over the Christmas break. The fabric, a sweet white and blue floral, is actually two pillowcases and only cost a couple of pounds.
I hope you’re all enjoying the sunny weather today. London is scorchio and I’m really not looking forward to travelling on the central line in a bit.
I had some Liberty fabric left over from this dress recently and I really didn’t want to waste it. I love Liberty print despite it being rather pricey, and so I try to eke out every bit of fabric if I can. Continue Reading…
Lately I’ve been searching for the perfect peplum top pattern: one that isn’t too tight or structured but is a looser, more relaxed fit. Although I really wanted to like Republique du Chiffon’s Marthe top, the fit just wasn’t great at all on me and it was far, far looser than I thought it would be. So I went back to the drawing board and consulted Pinterest.
I’ve found some amazing peplum tops on Pinterest, the best of which I’ve included below. More can be found on my Pinterest board here.
Pinterest is also how I found out about Cotton and Curls. There are loads of great DIYs on the website, including this one, which I loosely followed. The instructions say to copy a loose, boxy top you already have, so I kind of made it my own with a shop-bought peplum top I love and a bit of self-drafting thrown in.
I have self-drafted before and it is tricky to get something right (it’s far easier to follow a pattern). But there’s also a great sense of achievement when something you draft goes according to plan. This first attempt worked out well, although I did way underestimate the measurements of my top and had to add in extra fabric at the sides. This is covered by the busy print though so it doesn’t really matter. The only real problem I had with this attempt is that it is quite short, but I blame that on not having enough fabric to make a longer peplum. It’s still wearable with a high waisted skirt or jeans though and I even made a cute patch pocket to compensate.
The brilliant thing about making a top is that you can use leftover fabric scraps to make it. I had plenty of this Ebay find left to make a top and could afford to make a longer peplum this time. For this one I wanted to make the sleeves shorter, lengthen the bodice and make it a little smaller. I quite like how it came out and the material is a lot lighter than the previous peplum top, although in hindsight I think perhaps I should have lined it. The fabric is the same as I used in my green gables dress, but I’ve realised that I don’t very much like the feel of it, so it may not be worn as much as I’d planned anyway.
I have plans to adapt this pattern to make a few different peplum tops next, including a long-sleeved peplum top from fabric I bought in London, a more fitted top and a sleeveless version. Any peplum tops in your sewing plans?