Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Black and White Peplum Top

This is a long time overdue. I finished this top several weeks ago as part of my business-casual inspired wardrobe. I'm in a love-hate relationship with it. 

Pictured here with my pencil skirt. Don't mind my curly hair fly-aways. 

I used Vogue 9056. I was drawn to this pattern because I really like the shape of this design.There is a gap in my capsule that needs to be filled with comfortable but stylish tops. 

Photo-bombed by a 4 year old. Hey kid, don't you know that modeling me-makes is serious business?

The fabric is from Joann Fabrics. It is a sweatery double knit fabric. I really like the print. Sure, it reminds me of draperies but I think that's what drew me to it. 

I did need to make a few changes. I'm guilty of not always reading the description and did not realize that this is designed to have a raw finish- yuck! I finished the neckline with seam binding. I hand-sewed the seam binding down to create a cleaner look. And I hand-sewed the hem on both the sleeves and bottom hem. The top as drafted has quite a bit of ease. I took in approximately another 5/8" on each side seam, blending the sleeve seam allowance with the bodice seam allowance. 

Worn with my favorite slacks- from Loft. 

So I've worn this a couple of times already. It is comfortable and goes with different things in my wardrobe. The one drawback is that at certain angles, I'm pretty sure I give off the pregnancy vibe. I'm more vane than I like to admit and not sure I can deal with the insta-pooch. 

What do you think? 



  1. The top is lovely and looks so comfy ...I love your fabric choice

  2. I just love peplums and this one looks fantastic on you!

  3. Really cute, love the print, and I'm a sucker for peplums! One suggestion, not intended as criticism, but have you considered next time, making the sleeves either shorter or longer, where they are not the same length (at least look the same in the pics) as the hemline of the shirt? I think it would look better balanced. What do you think? Again, I think it's a very nice make!

    1. I hadn't even noticed that but you are probably right. I love the feedback, no offense taken!

    2. Awesome! I certainly didn't intend offense, just an observation, as I admire your sewing and design skills very much! Sometimes we see small things in pics that we don't notice IRL! I'm glad you took it in the positive spirit intended!

    3. No worries! And now, I'm actually considering going back and shortening the sleeves- I think it will look better.