I love (peplum) tops

Hi! It's been a while!  I've been a bit sporadic with my making over the last few months.  I have two pairs of corduroy culottes and another blouse to post.. sometime.. but today, it's a blouse with an all too familiar shape! 
The story starts with 1.2m of Liberty Saville Poplin (Strike pewter green) from the Fabric Store. It is, as you would expect a heavier weight than the Tana Lawn which I was looking forward to using for perhaps a thicker drape.  I have quite a lot of Japanese pattern books (which I'm thinking of destashing) and haven't made anything from quite a few of them, so thought it was time to mix up my peplum game and make the pattern 2nd from the left in the photo:  The cropped top with pleated peplum (aka N: half sleeve short blouse).   It has a pleated peplum at the front only.

Warnings from Jillian that the top is very cropped came a little late as I had already cut out the 'peplum', but thought that my extra inch or so would be enough. It wasn't. I'm only 5'2" (or perhaps a bit less) but the top looked - urrrgh. Just not right.  It wasn't just the length, it was also the pleats that just weren't working for me. I tried it with my higher waisted culottes but nothing jelled.
Amazingly, this top uses the most miniscule of fabric so I was able to remove the pleated peplum and add a winning gathered peplum from the remaining fabric.
Yes, this is the third such gathered peplum top in my wardrobe, the first was my wildflowers (which has a lower peplum) and the second was my Marthe (with a much wider neck).  And you would be right... but there a minor differences in each and lets face it when you like a style, you like a style. 
What I'm loving about this is the higher waist and longer peplum.. and... always a fan of the closer neck, I like the shape better there as well.  The wide neck always bothered me on the Marthe.
The neck is finished with a facing (which I didn't interface) and a button closure. It was definitely nice to do a facing for a change rather than binding, although I wonder would I just bind it next time.
 
All in all, this was defnitely on it's way to being a make that I was never going to wear to something that I now love!  Hooray for peplums!  


FINISHED! A sketch magellan

My love for the ruffle has no bounds at the moment and my latest make - well finished a month ago - was the new at that time Magellan blouse by Aime Comme Marie. Aime Comme Marie are another French pattern company that I'm smitten with, who provide for us French language amateurs, a page of English translation of the pattern at the back of the printed booklet.  It was my first time making up one of their patterns and am now keen to continue working through  their catalogue.
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I used Sketch A from the Spring/Summer 2016 Liberty collection.  Of course.
All the photos here are with the shirt out, but in fact I probably wear it most tucked into my Esther Shorts. It's the perfect blouse for them, and hence now I'm on the job of making some longer Esthers for work to suit my wardrobe of ruffle blouses.
I made up my standard size 36. The one thing I love about all the French companies that I've sewn with is that the sizing is standard and it reflects the standardised clothing sizing that I also see in France. In Australia from one shop to another I feel like the sizing is different and the sizing for patterns is also different. I never seem to have to really think with French companies - or Pauline Alice patterns. Anyway I digress. 
As has become my habit, I lengthened the sleeves slightly to below the elbows. The sleeve heads have an unusual (well to me) two darts. To be honest not sure I'm won over by the two darts at the sleeve head. It feels a bit fiddly to me and certainly doesn't add to the fit of the sleeve. It's not awful but I wonder if it's really necessary. Have you seen such a thing before?
I only had two buttons at home that I liked in the stash, so went with only two buttons on the back. The ruffle was easy enough to put on but I wonder if next time I might make it slightly wider.  All the finished Magellans that I've seen made up have an overlocked edge, but I find that slightly messy, so did a tiny rolled hem on my machine - which meant that the width of the ruffle is probably slightly smaller than it could be. 
So all in all, another fab ruffle make which is in high high rotation. And it won't be the last!  Do yourself a favour and go and search for the other great Magellans out there... my favourite is this one!  Oh this has to be copied! Until next time, bon ruffles!

FINISHED! More Esthers

I had the last week of January off, coinciding with the last week of school holidays and managed to whip up two more pairs Esther shorts from small scraps in the stash during the little staycation. I now find myself in Week 4 of school and can't exactly account for the time. So here, better late than never a couple more pairs of Tessuti Esther shorts. That makes 4 pairs, with no end in sight. The first two are here.  
The first pair I made up using left over fabric from my Xerea dress.  These, despite the dodgey photo are my best fitting pair. I went down another half size with these and the fit is spot on with the slight stretch in the denim. The colour is excellent and it was great to rediscover tops in my wardrobe that I hadn't worn in ages which are perfect with these shorts, such as this Grainline Archer which normally languishes in my wardrobe.
 The second of the January Esthers, are this pair made with the remains of my CBR frocktails dress, which appropriately is from fabric from Tessuti purchased back in December 2014.  It is heavy weight and textured and quite sratchy so these are lined.
The fit of these are a bit snug in the waist because of the fabric but that doesn't stop me wearing them. I love these and of course paired with the ubiquitous stripe top feels pretty darn perfect. I originally bought this fabric to make a pair of culottes and while now I think that might have been an outrageous idea, these shorts are a good second best.
 
This isn't the end of my Esther making, but for now have taken a rest from shorts. I had been attempting swimwear thanks to the sewalong hosted by Susan, but now the siren song of ruffles and Liberty is too strong and have been lured into sewing up the new Aime Comme Marie pattern.  What are you sewing?