|Pattern Description: Knit Top with horseshoe neckline, cap or elbow length sleeves and a seamles four-leaf-clover-shaped peplum. Optional mid-century sewing challenge: dickey and bias cuffs from woven shirting fabric. Woven Skirt with no-gape panel pockets, back zipper and simple bound waistline (~1" below natural waist). Optional back tailfeather flounce.|
I'm reviewing the top.
Pattern Sizing: The sizing is customized based on waist, bust and front bodice length. The range is for a 30-55 inch bust and 35-55 inch hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!!
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are terse, but I thought they were complete. The Sewalong on the sewingcake.com website is very detailed and includes tons of pictures, tips and helps.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wasn't sure initially that a peplum top was the best plan for my shape, as past attempts added weight to my hips and waist, but the cloverleaf shape keeps the overall shape slim and flattering. The customized sizing is great, and allows for a wide range of figure types. It's also easy to sew. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: I've made 2. The first in a poly/nylon crepe jersey that I didn't love. Despite the icky fabric, I've worn the top a couple of times, since I like the shape so much. My second version is made of a buttery soft, raspberry colored rayon jersey from Spandex World. I love everything about it. The drape of the rayon is perfect for this design.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: For reference, my salient measurements are high bust - 33, full bust - 38, hip - 39 and front waist length 16.5. I made a size 30 in the shoulders, grading out to a 35 for the side seams and connecting to the 28 waist. I used the 28 waist peplum, lengthened to halfway between the 28 and the 30. No changes otherwise.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Well, I've already sewn the top twice. Although the design is distinctive, I may make another in a print. I do recommend it highly.
Conclusion: This is not just another peplum top. The neckline and the cloverleaf peplum really make it a stand out! I've had great success using a lightweight fabric with lots of drape, but I can see this having an entirely different look in a fabric with more body, like interlock or ponte.