A Simple Peplum: 1666

12:05 AM

I've been sewing, really I have! These last few weeks have been very busy though, so I've been slowing down on the sewing front. I decided to tackle a couple of items that have been unfinished for months, for no good reason other than my extreme distractibility in the face of new patterns... starting with this one, 1666, a Lisette from Simplicity.

I'd cut out the top in a heavier-weight houndstooth in the summer, and kind of lost my drive to finish it. Probably because of the back zipper which I was feeling a little afraid of at the time... But I picked it up again and got right to it this time around. The zipper was installed a little more messily than I'd have preferred, but not noticeably enough to redo it or not to wear this. The busy little print also helped the hide the wavery nature of the stitching ;) 

I'd originally chosen this pattern because the peplum flare is only at the sides, leaving the front and back panel flat. I thought that this would flatter my figure a little more than a full peplum. As it turns out, I really, really like it. 

This is how it turned out:

Front view with only a little wrinkly bit
Side view: it captures the spirit of a peplum
without adding 6 inches to my posterior - love it!
I really liked this one, although I need to do a little more fitting -- I'd love to make this again, and I want to try the dress as well. Now I know that I have to bring the waist up about a half inch, and adjust the princess seams above the bust as there is just a little too much ease at that point. Otherwise it was very easy to run up once I actually got back to it, and I like the way it fits. A really nice pattern to work with.

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  1. Nicely done! I love the shape of this pattern- and you did it justice- very lovely!

    1. Thanks! The shape is really interesting, I agree. The little 'side peplum' is nice.

  2. What a flattering top! I have that pattern but haven't yet decided what fabric I would like to use.

    1. I'd like to try it again in a different weight of fabric and see how it works out. Hope you'll give it a go!

  3. I was thinking of ordering this pattern and came across your post on a pattern review site. You did a great job! Thanks for the pictures and your review, I'm definitely ordering. I too really like the side peplum.

    1. I like this pattern -- hope to see your version eventually! Glad I could help :)


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