So, apparently peplums are a trend. And chevrons. And stripes. That's not a big surprise to most people, but I'm always a little late on these things. Actually, when peplums first started showing up all over Pinterest and grocery store checkout magazines, I thought they looked absolutely ridiculous. Why would anyone want to wear a little circus tent around their hips? But, as is usually the case with me and fashion trends, I eventually came around to the idea, just like I did with pointy stilettos, riding boots, and drop waists. I'm still not a fan of harem pants, though. And if I ever write a blog post about how I've suddenly realized that harem pants are actually awesome, please start an intervention before I go ahead and sew a pair.
|Testing range of motion: yay, the underarm seams held up!|
Anyway, ever since my chevron BCT hack died in the laundry, I've been wanting to make another one. I had almost a yard of black and white striped knit leftover from my Hamburglar top, so I thought I would experiment with chevrons and peplums simultaneously. I took my not-a-Renfrew pattern, changed up the grain lines, and then played some Tetris trying to get all the pattern pieces to fit on my remaining fabric. It was a pretty close call, but I mostly managed -- I couldn't get chevrons on the back peplum and had to settle for vertical stripes there -- without having to sacrifice much of the overall look I wanted. I also ended up with a less full (less peppy?) peplum than I wanted, but that's okay. I'll ease into the look with a four-person camping tent before I go full-on circus big top.
|I don't have to look at the back, so it doesn't bother me that it doesn't have chevrons.|
There's not much else to say about this top, since I've used this pattern so many times. I did have to bring my side seams in to get a tighter fit, since the original amount of ease just looked silly; they caused wrinkles of extra fabric, which distorted the chevrons, and the peplum just hung weirdly. I think if I were to do this again I would also curve the center front seam in under the bust. This would help the tee to hug my torso better; I usually ignore the looseness on tees that don't have a center seam, but since this "pattern" does have one, I might as well utilize it!
|I managed to get the side seams to match up on top, but not on the peplum. Oh well.|
I'm pretty pleased with this top overall, but if I make another one I think I'll use a solid color for the neckband. It's a little too busy for my taste with the stripes, although it's not a deal breaker by any means. Even though I have another top made from the same fabric, I think this looks different enough that it doesn't feel redundant in my wardrobe. And of course, the black and white go with everything!
|When you get closer, you can see that my chevrons are just the tiniest smidgen off. |
didn't care enough to pick my seam out of a fairly thick knit.
Is anyone interested in a more in-depth tutorial on how to adapt a fitted tee pattern to make this top? Let me know! Or, you know, you can just scoff at how I fell for this trend.
|I feel a little bit like one of those optical illusion posters. (Remind me to never wear this when teaching. One time I wore a similarly striped skirt, and a student actually asked me to stop wearing clothing that made him dizzy.)|
And hey, if you haven't entered my fabric/pattern giveaway yet, it's still open for a couple more days!