A Lady Skater Peplum Top

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Hello, darlings! Hope you’re enjoying the sun as much as I do! I took the opportunity to take some pics of one of my latest make, a scuba jersey peplum top.

It’s my first time playing around with a peplum silhouette. I’m not too convinced that the shape is flattering for me, but all in all I’m quite happy with this top.peplum top by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Fabric:

I bought this scuba jersey on Goldhawk Road, for just around £3/m. I only bought 1m as I was initially planning on making a mini skirt with it. The fabric is very soft and stretchy and surprisingly comfy to wear. At first, I was afraid I would sweat a lot in this, but it’s actually not as warm as it looks. Unfortunately (and not surprising for the price), the fabric’s quality is rubbish. After the first wash the fabric was fuzzy in some places which is quite annoying as it stands out quite a lot on the slightly shiny fabric.

I love the modern look you get when using scuba jersey. It’s just slightly more elegant than normal jersey fabric. And it’s a dream to sew with! It cuts easily, doesn’t fray and is more stable than normal jersey.peplum top by thisblogisnotforyou.com
peplum top by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Pattern:

For the bodice I used my TNT Lady Skater Dress pattern (by Kitschy Coo), which I have used so many times already. I often use it as a jersey sloper and change it a bit here and there to create new shapes. This time I re-used my previous Lady Skater pattern hack, the one with the princess seams and boat neck.

I raised the waist by a couple of inches and added a keyhole detail to the front neckline. I also added a full circle peplum to the waist.

peplum top by thisblogisnotforyou.comI used facing for the neckline and to finish the keyhole detail:
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I cut down the centre, between the two seams, carefully clipping the corners to remove bulk. The corner are attached together with a tiny glass pearl and some hand-sewn stitches. It’s a very simply method, but it’s quite effective and looks very pretty and elegant.

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Will I make it again?

I love the fabric and quite like the colour. But I’m not too convinced that I like the silhouette. I love peplum shapes on others, but it doesn’t do me any good. Maybe it’s the proportions? Should the peplum skirt be a bit shorter? The bodice longer? I don’t know.It’s just not as flattering as I thought it would be. Could also be that’s it’s not the perfect shape for people with sway backs. Whatever it is, I will probably steer clear of peplums for a while!peplum top by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow – I have a brand-new Vogue pattern stash waiting for me to trace and muslin. What are you doing? Have a great weekend everyone!

Happy sewing!


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