Trend testing - Butterick 5672

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Peplums are everywhere right now.  They're in the shops, on the blogs and they keep popping up on Pinterest.  I tried a couple on in the shops but with my height the peplum always started too high up my torso.  So I did what any self respecting seamstress would do and made my own.

This is actually a two piece outfit.  I figured that I'd get more wear out of a top and skirt than I would a dress incorporating a trend (who knows if peplums will still be around next season).  Now I know Vogue has released a pattern for a peplum top (Erica B has put it to good use) but I really didn't want to add another pattern to my stash, particularly when I wasn't sure that I was going to like the end result.  I really like the fit of Butterick 5672 so I decided to use the lining pattern pieces for my outfit.

Here's all the details from the last time I made this up.  This time I added an extra 1/2 inch to the bodice piece.  To make the peplum I drew a circle with a 42cm radius and then cut a circle out of the middle using a small plate.  I pinned the circle in different spots to decide how full I wanted it to be - in the end it's a little bit over 3/4 of the circle.  I ended up removing about 1.5 inches from the peplum length and narrow hemmed it (after letting it sit for a couple of days in case the bias sections stretched).  I love the end result - it's not too full but has a lovely twirl-a-bility!  

The skirt was so easy, it was straight out of the envelope with an elastic waist.  I measured my waist with the elastic and then overlocked (serged) it to the edge and then folded over, tacking it down at the side seams.  Couldn't be any easier.  I put this on one day last week to wear to work, but felt too 'eighties' in it so it ended up on the wardrobe floor for a couple of days.  On Friday I pulled it out and I couldn't wait to wear it.  I love the way it looks and I got a lot of compliments at work too.  It's amazing how much my state of mind influences the way I feel about my clothes.


Sharon said...

Love the twirlability and the self respecting seamstress thought process worked out perfectly.

Cal said...

Love it! It really worked out well it seems, and I like the plain grey to counterbalance it and make it modern looking.

Bernice said...

Your outfit looks really lovely on you. I think you have the right body shape to pull off the peplum, so to speak. The turquoise necklace looks lovely against the grey. I think the peplum is one style I'll be avoiding. Really, I don't need to add anymore width to my already wide hips.

Linda said...

Very nice!

katherine h said...

Cute dress and clever idea to make it in 2 pieces.

fabric epiphanies said...

What an ingenious use of an existing pattern. I am still to make this pattern up.