You can’t say I’m a slave to fashion. Any trend generally needs to be around for at least a season before I get around to sewing it. (Although that’s more to do with snail pace sewing and having too long a to-do list than any philosophical opposition to trendiness).
Peplum tops are no exception.
At least I’m still close to fashionable. Look what Veronika Maine (Australian fashion for career women of a certain age) recently sent to their shops:
Do you think they read Burda too? Look at that curved waist line! It dips down at the back too.
Pattern: Burdastyle 08-2012-113
Size: 34-42, I made a 42 with my usual swayback adjustment.
Fabric: A French navy and ivory reversible jacquard polyester cotton blend, from Lucy Giles’ winter fashion range of 2010. I’ve used the other side for a jacket and skirt.
Heres the top with the ‘matching skirt’
Changes I made:
I used an exposed black zip rather than an invisible zip at centre back. To add interest. And with the added bonus of avoiding the horror of attempting to pattern match all those 2 mm squares and rectangles across the zip…
I didn’t line anything, not even the cap sleeves which Burda instructs you to line. Instead I used a poly satin bias strip to finish the sleeve hems, armholes and the peplum hem.
You can just get a hint of it here on the underside of the back peplum piece:
This is a great design. The female teenage fashion critic approves, but the male tween think it looks like a silly little dress. He needs to get out more.
I am tempted to make another in a softer fabric. Or as a ‘ real’ dress, after having seen Maider’s great version.