13.11.13

Last summer...

I have quite a few unblogged projects from throughout the year.  I'm going to try and do some quick catch-ups, because this blog is my main record-keeping for my sewing and I like to have a record.


This peplum top is self-drafted.  I made it when lots of other people were making Vogue 8815.  I like peplum tops, but I thought the proportions of the Vogue pattern were a little bit off, and I wanted one with more cut-away armholes.  I went with princess seams, rather than darts.

I don't have a good block for self-drafted tops.  I have drafted several different blocks by different methods, including Aldrich, Bunka and the European Cut.  None of them is perfect and I sort of fudged all 3 together for this.  I still need to sort out a basic block.

This top sits better with other clothes.  It is quite fitted in the waist, and the skirt is high-waisted, so I think the skirt is stopping the top from sitting correctly in these photos.  I guess I need to either add more ease to the waist or wear it with clothes that sit just below the waist.

I scrounged the fabric from one of my sisters, which was left-over after I helped her make a dress.  Fair trade, I thought, fabric for labour.  I love the colour and it has an interesting texture as well.

8 comments:

  1. Katherine, your top is beautiful. I am one of the few that also thought the Vogue pattern proportions are off. The waist sits way too high and makes it unflattering. Your top is really a lovely exercise in proportion - the peplum is also a perfect depth and that colour and the princess seams makes your top incredibly flattering.

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  2. I agree, the Vogue pattern is a little short-waisted for most people. Yours has great proportions, though, and shows how nice a peplum can look!

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  3. Your top is very pretty. I like the armhole shape and the understated peplum. I actually like the short waisted side of the Vogue pattern. It is far more flattering on my shape than a sit on the waist version.

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  4. Lord knows why you didn't share this - its fantastic. Perfect colour and cut.

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  5. Gorgeous! (and I'm not just talking about the spunk in the black skinny jeans!) That fabric really is so lovely. I'm yet to see Emily's dress. Certainly a great trade.

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  6. Gorgeous, I think the cut away sleeves suit the summery style really well.

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  7. I think you nailed the peplum proportions and the details - princess seams and armscye shape - work really well. That's a great start to a basic block!

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  8. Love it - amazing colour, and you've achieved a beautiful shape with this. The vogue peplum top had a very high waist - it was even a little high on me, and I'm very short above the waist!
    PS it looks so lush and tropical in the background - wow

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