|Pattern Description: This is a popular Best of 2012 set of peplum tops, with sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve variations. Two views have back zip, the third has a extended back. I made view B, but with long sleeves. |
Pattern Sizing: two multisized collections. I used size 20, but had issues with the shoulder fitting.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the long sleeves. Because it's black, it doesn't photograph well.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is quite easy.
Most of the reviews are of the sleeveless or short sleeve variations, but for the wool gabardine, I wanted to try the long sleeve. I found the sleeve and shoulders a bit large. The shoulders were too wide and the sleeves hung in wrinkles. I ended up having to reset the sleeve inward about an inch at the shoulder, which looks a lot better and I reduced the width of the sleeve a bit. I think the sleeve fit is less of an issue with the short sleeve (and obviously not at all in the sleeveless), but if you're making the long sleeve version, make sure you check the fit here.
With a woven fabric with zero stretch, the torso fit is critical and I found there wasn't a lot of ease. Luckily, I had cut 1 inch seam allowances at the sides. I'm still not entirely happy with the arm/shoulder/neck fit. In the future, I will raise the arm hole at the bottom to make this a bit closer fitting and maybe try more of a boat neck. I think this would be nice in a ponte double knit and some stretch would be welcome.
Fabric Used: A black wool gabardine. I had planned to make a jacket out of this but my muslin was a bust. The fabric is somewhat on the thin side for a wool and I decided to experiment with a lined top instead of a jacket. Gabardine is notoriously difficult to ease and press. This fabric has been in my stash for a while, since I bought a number of gabardines on sale over a year ago. It's more loosely woven than the others that I've sewn, which meant it was easier to press, but it raveled like crazy. I didn't muslin this pattern--decided to cut large seam allowances and go for it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used an invisible zipper for the back. Because I was worried the wool would be scratchy, I lined the entire thing with a Bemberg rayon, also in my stash. The lining makes the top very comfortable and was worth the extra effort.
I added 2 inches of length in the torso, which is my standard. I should have shortened with front darts about a half inch or so--these are quite long.
I lowered the neck a bit in the front too.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I had planned to make this in a knit, which would be more forgiving in terms of fit. I think the sleeveless version is cuter and may just go to this.
Conclusion: A popular set of peplum tops, back closures, with sleeve variations. I had some fitting issues with the long sleeve.