I mentioned earlier this week that I had made more than one peplum top; this one was supposed to be the “muslin” version of the Briar Rose peplum, since this yellow striped knit is a rather inexpensive (maybe $6/yard?) knit and therefore seemed like a small loss if things went horribly awry compared to cutting right into the Briar Rose jersey. I mean, here’s how I think about it: $6 on a top is ridiculous; it’s about a coffee and a half at Starbucks, and there was a fair chance it would be pretty cute. Sewing is like that; sometimes you have to take a bit of a risk and just hope for a nice result. Personally I think that makes things more exciting. Since knit fabrics don’t exactly have the equivalent of “muslin” (I talk about making a muslin in this post), I often test out a pattern on an old tee that has made it into the thrift pile or use less expensive material.
This top differs slightly from the other one because I used just one piece for the skirt (the entire 50″-something width of the fabric), instead of the two 44″ pieces I used for the strawberry version. And now, looking at the photos, I think I might actually like this width better (*bangs head against wall at the thought of tearing out the strawberry skirt to make it narrower*). So I guess I should check with you guys first; it DOES look better with the less-poofy skirt, right?
Update: the Isla Dress & Top Pattern is now available! buy now
Fabric: I ordered this stripe (along with some other amazing garment fabrics) from Dry Goods Design, though I’ve seen this particular stripe in a few other knit shops online. So it may be pretty easy to find. It seems to be a pretty popular fabric, since I also spotted it on Jessica’s bio pic, and I know my friend Emily has made a Flashback Tee for Penelope because we wore them on the same day. That is a hilarious picture, by the way; do make sure to click over and look at it.
The arms are bound with a peachy-pink knit which I personally think looks pretty cool juxtaposed with the golden yellow. Probably not the most traditional color combination, but I like it.
In other news…
I got my first real samples of my new flannel line, Fanfare, from Cloud 9 today, and I’m uber-excited to start sewing with them! It’s supposed to ship to stores next month. You can see a peek at the bundle I got in this Instagram pic.
Clementine’s birthday party is this weekend; she’ll turn 4 next Tuesday (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?!). Here’s the post from her birthday last year. I want to finish a new birthday dress for her tomorrow but I’m not sure if I’ll have time. And I should also probably figure out what to do for her party, eh? *facepalm*