Hot! The “Still Summer for a Few More Days” Peplum Blouse and Shorts

The Facts
: black floral cotton twill, $8; black poplin, $10; and white cotton with black flocked polka dots leftover from another project
Pattern: Victory Ava and Colette Iris
Year: contemporary
Notions: two invisible zips, interfacing for waistband
First worn: 9/16
Wear again: yes
Time to complete: about 7 hours
Total cost: about $20 for the outfit

Friends, I don’t have much to say about this one.  Both patterns are awesome, and I’m pleased with how they turned out, even though some late night fast and loose sewing was required.  And even though my polka dots didn’t go as planned.  I meant to cut the contrast yoke from the black poplin and the rest of the blouse in the polka dot fabric.  Not until a couple days after an efficient cutting session did I realize I switched them.  I had the same struggle with the sweetheart v-point as I had with the placket v-point last week, my sewing Achilles heel apparently, with the same baggy looking results.  You can’t see the problem in the photos I picked.  I have to learn some tricks.

We took advantage of the perfect late summer weather– probably like California enjoys most of the year– to do some exploring upstate.  Luckily the blouse and shorts can comfortably handle an enormous lunch, light hiking, apple picking, and an apple cider doughnut or two.

Since I’m a little light on the polka dots, for some extra bonus polka dots I upcycled an old t-shirt of mine (H&M circa 2002) into a tunic for Fenna.  I took off the neck binding and made an elastic casing with a small zig zag stitch and a ball point needle.  The snug midriff band is now a loose belt that sits well south of the waist.  Fenna was excited to wear her new red cowboy boots with this outfit, but right before she left for school she had a crying fit because she was “afraid to show people my boots.”  Which made me a little sad– she’s usually so sure of herself– and reminded me that finding your own style can be hard-won.



Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. Oh, that little bit about her red boots… so sweet and sad.

  2. Those sweetheart v-points are the pits aren’t they! I usually hand-sew that kind of detail first, just to get it to sit right.

    I love your crazy pattern mixing with the super floral shorts – I wish we could see more of them!

  3. Adorable! and Fenna’s dress is a just darling. I admire a great upcycle!

  4. Fanbulous! I keep meaning to try Victory patterns, but can never decide which one to get first. Ava is definitely a strong contender.

  5. Very lovely! I like it that the peplum is under the bust like an empire cut, rather than drop waist. And Fenna’s tunic is so adorable!

  6. Lee-love the top! My oldest was the same way. He’d pick something that he really liked then it would never wear it. Wish I could squeeze one more sunny day around here! I think tomorrow will be nice.