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Tracings Vol. #23 - Peplums! New McCall's

deepikaTracings Vol. #23                

 First Maxis and now Peplums, we try to bring the most popular trends in this newsletter. If you aren't familiar with peplums it can be a little daunting. Here's a tip - Try something on in a store first!

But if you'd let us convince you, peplums can be very flattering for most body types. Here's what our members say...

We are loving the peplum trend so much that we even picked out some patterns for you to try.

New McCall's are in. Are you tracing any?  
Happy Tracing!





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In Volume #23
Peplums Are Popular!
New Patterns
Peplums on Facebook.
Peplum Patterns

PeplumsPeplums Are Popular!'s a funny word.  Even if you don't know what "peplum" means, you've probably seen one on a garment and didn't realize it!

The peplum is a short overskirt that became popular in the 19th century.  It can be attached to a jacket, a blouse or a skirt.
This Vogue 8379 jacket has a peplum.
This Vogue 8379 Jacket has a peplum.
Peplums Are Trendy
Great Britain's Kate Middleton has brought the peplum into the news, as have others.  Many design houses such as Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy, and Alexander McQueen featured the peplum in their garments at the Paris Spring 2012 Fashion Week.  Designer Kate Spade is selling her leopard ikat randie top with peplum for $268.

But PR members have already jumped on this on-trend feature and have been sewing their own versions for several months now.  And with its exposure in Paris Fashion Week, the popularity of the peplum promises to grow.

Ruffled, Pleated, Flat
We traditionally think of peplums as ruffled, but they don't need to be.  They can be pleated, like in New Look 6124 or even flat, like in J Stern Designs 0051.  They can be short and sassy or long and tapered.  They can skim the hips or cover them for a longer line. 

Simplicity 1876
Peplums come in all shapes and sizes.
Waist Looks Smaller
With all these options, we don't need to think of peplums as emphasizing the hips in a bad way.  A flat peplum can hug the hips in a flattering, tailored way.  And some sewists think that the peplum's accent on the hips does another nice thing. 

When asked if she would sew Leanne Marshall's
Simplicity 1877 again, divabuddha says in her review, "I seriously might. I really like it in cotton. And it's pretty quick to put together. And it makes my waist look tiny."
Simplicity 1877
A peplum makes the waist look smaller.



Depending on where the waist falls on the pattern, you may need to lengthen or shorten the bodice to get the look that you want with the peplum.  poppykettle made this adjustment for Vogue 8739: "I increased the length of this slightly, which is a normal alteration for me against this section of my body, which is LONG."

Easy to Sew
Think a peplum looks difficult to sew? Don't be put off.  Most reviewers of peplum-based patterns on PR found the patterns easy to sew and highly recommended them.

Depending on the peplum style, cutting out fabric may be another story.  In her review for Simplicity 1876, Cristinagf says, "It took FOREVER to cut out the fabric and interfacing for the ruffles..."

And the results? You may like them! 

Kay Y in her review of Vogue 8718: "I think the peplum is really flattering."

Poppykettle in her review of Vogue 8739: "I really love how the peplum at the waist balances my shape out."

sewmytime in her review of Vogue 8815: "Love, love that this classic piece is so on trend right now, yet it is still a classic piece..."

More About Peplums...

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Vogue 8815

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We asked you: "Cynthia Rowley's Simplicity 1872, peplum in a dress: highly recommended by several reviewers. What do you think of the peplum in this dress??"

You said:


"I love this dress pattern and would be so cute on a younger gal!"

"I like the blouse version but prefer peplums over a slim skirt on a dress rather than a full skirt like the dress version."

"I agree [with you]--I like the blouse version more than the dress version. But I love peplums generally. Hoping to make Simplicity 2282 with a peplum soon!"

"I like them on the right figure--not something I can wear, tho'."

"Love peplums"

"Extremely cute for someone who doesn't have my hips."

"I love this pattern, it's flattering for lots of body types!"

Simplicity 1872, peplum in a dress
Simplicity 1872,
peplum in a dress

"I made a white blouse with a peplum. It's a Burdastyle pattern. I really like it--a twist to a white blouse!"  




PatternsPeplum Patterns

Vogue 8718 Misses' Jacket, Top, Dress, Skirt, and Pants

Vogue Patterns 8718 Misses' Jacket, Top, Dress, Skirt, and Pants   
FoPR Price: $24.75

List Price: $27.50

Highly Recommended  

Vogue 8714
Misses' Vest and Jacket
Vogue 8714 Misses' Vest and Jacket  
FoPR Price: $20.25
List Price: $22.50

Click to Buy
Highly Recommended

Simplicity 1798
Misses' Dresses

Simplicity 1798 Misses' Dresses

FoPR Price: $16.16
List Price: $17.95

Click to buy     

 Simplicity 1808
Misses' Sportswear

Simplicity 1808 Misses' Sportswear

FoPR Price: $16.16
List Price: $17.95

Click to Buy

Easy & Great for Beginners
Great Wardrobe Builder

Simplicity 1781
Misses' Jacket 
Simplicity 1781 Misses' Jacke
FoPR Price: $16.16
List Price: $17.95 

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McCall's 6561
Misses'/Miss Petite Dresses

 McCall's 6561 Misses'/Miss Petite Dresses. Make by Diana Rupp   
FoPR Price: $17.95
List Price: $19.95

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Butterick 5770
Misses' Top and Belt 
Butterick 5770 Misses' Top and Belt

FoPR Price: $2.69
List Price: $2.99

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New Look 6124
Misses' DressNew Look 6124 Misses' Dress  

FoPR Price: $4.04

List Price: $4.49

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New Look 6130  

Misses Top, Pants, Skirt and BeltNew Look 6130 Misses Top, Pants, Skirt and Belt  

FoPR Price: $4.04
List Price: $4.49

Click to Buy

Highly Recommended

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