The “Stables charm” peplum dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: $20 black and white eyelet cotton from Spotlight, lining from stash.
Pattern: Simplicity 2282 Inspired by Project Runway
Notions: Invisible zipper $0.50, piping and bias tape from stash
Time to complete: 4.5 hours
First worn: June 2011
Wear again: Yes
Total Cost: $20.50
Somehow when I heard the words ascot races, hats and fascinators, the image of the dress I envisaged was a peplum dress. And while shopping for pillowcases at Spotlight for last week's challenge, there was a Simplicity pattern sale. I hardly buy non vintage patterns nowadays but with my positive experiences sewing up Simplicity 2591, I browsed the catalogue and the project runway inspired peplum dress pattern called out to me.
I was not disappointed. The pattern was so easy to put together! The instructions were very clear and super detailed. It evens teaches you how to sew a dart, the first that I have seen in a pattern instruction sheet. If not for the piping and bias details I wanted to add, the dress could have been completed in less than four hours. But, I felt that adding the piping and bias were necessary embellishments to an otherwise rather plain dress. The skirt portion of the dress is lined for opacity and the sleeves were given shaping with two darts on the top and a pleat at the bottom.
When I first saw the fabric, it didn't attract me at all. It was too busy but when I flipped it to the reverse, I loved how simple the eyelet fabric looked. Yes, this dress was sewed using the reverse side of the fabric. It's the first time I've done this and I do not know if there are any consequences to it. I certainly hope not!
Here's how the 'right side' looked.
And here's the 'reverse side' I used.