In my quest to finish off 2015 without any UFO’s I tried really hard to get them done. Such as this top which was actually started in December of 2014, it definitely had a lot of time to marinate. Anyway, I finished it on the 23rd of December 2015. I think I ended up with 2 UFO’s in the end for 2015 which is a vast improvement from previous years.
I remember way back I had decided to make a peplum top after purchasing a few that I found really versatile and flattering for my body type and so feminine. I was initially drawn to this Simplicity 1425 pattern (I think has now become OOP) from the model photo and really liked the combination of fabrics so ………….. I bought myself some eyelet and chiffon but in navy as to not be a complete copy cat. It really made fabric shopping quite simple really and it was one of the few instances I walked into the fabric shop with a plan, bought what I needed, and walked out again.
I also liked this pattern because of the neckline variations and endless possibilities in a pattern is money well spent in my opinion as they cost so much here in Australia. I also liked the princess seams as it allows for a more fitted bodice with easier adjustments. My fabric is navy aruna eyelet (composition unknown) and navy 100% dance poly chiffon (100% polyester) and I chose not to underline my top as I will wear a singlet underneath anyway. I made version B but omitted the collar. For the neckline and armholes I serged the raw edges and turned up the seam allowance twice as for a narron hem and stitched to finish.
I changed the back closure as I felt the 3 required buttons would have made me self conscious and feeling too exposed and lets face the logistics of trying to button this top up on your own. I don’t think I’m just that flexible anymore. I inserted a matching navy 12 inch (30cm) invisible zipper to almost the full length of the top to make it easier to wear. Due to the eyelet fabric, I used some 25mm navy bias tape at the zip area for strength and stability, interfacing would have not looked nice and been too visible.
Everything went pretty smoothly and I am finding with the Big 4 patterns I am often having to alter the upper back and take in 1-2 inches and taper to a normal seam allowance at the waist, which works okay if there is a centre back seam but run into trouble otherwise. I also shortened the bodice by 1 inch but left the length of the peplum portion the same.
I think the pleats on the peplum give it some body and shape and is a nice change to the circle/flounce versions. I like the look of this top best with a slim skirt on me however it would probably go well with a pair of slim (cigarette) pants or jeans. Overall I’m pleased this top was a quick, stress free sew with a good outcome.