The “Polka-dots and Peplums” Shirt
Fabric: Quilting Cotton $4/yd
Notions: 22″ zipper, mustard colored thread
Time to complete: about 5 hours
First worn: 9/16 for pics
Wear again? YES!
Oh polka dots, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…oh wait, we’re not alone? Well hello there!
Were all of you as excited about this week’s theme as I was? I don’t know about you, but there’s just something special and wonderful about a polka dotted anything. When I found this fabric I knew it would be perfect for this week. It’s also mustardy, which is very fall, and right now I can’t wait for fall. For those of us in the northern hemisphere it’ll be here next Saturday, September 22, but I digress. Then I found this pattern Vogue 8815. A polka dotted peplum? Be still my heart.
I knew when I purchased this pattern that fitting it to me would be a little challenging. Enter McCall’s 5927. The bodice pattern was almost identical, but for the fact that there are multiple cup sizes. But, you say, “That’s not the pattern listed up above.” I’ll spare you the gory details, but one muslin later, and in spite of the multiple sizing options, the fit was also a no go. Boo, I say! After some combing through my pattern stash I found this lovely, Simplicity 2648. If you haven’t worked with this pattern I highly recommend it. Seriously, acquire it this instant. If you are bosomed, this pattern is here to help you out. I used S2648 for the bodice and V8815 for the peplum.
After I sewed this lovely up, I fell in love. Serious, shopping for houses and china love. So much love that I made another one, right away, the next day. Some of you may remember that I’ve sewed a peplumed top before. However, I was never very keen on the fit. It was all my fault. I used the wrong weight of fabric. Forcing fabric on a pattern is almost never a good idea. The fabric has to willingly participate. Gheesh! Lots of digressions tonight.
And in case you were still wondering how I felt about these patterns and subsequent shirt, here’s a picture.
I’m nothing if not silly!