Buoyed by my success with Tim's plaid Negroni shirt, I attempted a pattern that had been sitting on my shelf, staring me down and trying to intimidate me for months. Three fears conquered on this project: adjusting darts, installing a zipper and wearing peplums! Woot!
This top, which looks like a whole lot of nothing on the hanger, was made using the Vogue 8815 peplum top pattern (view B) and this Bromley "Ikat Burst" fabric. I bought it back in 2012, when the peplum trend was in full swing. Hopefully it's still socially acceptable to wear peplums. I wasn't sure I could pull off the peplum look, but Stacy and Clinton are advocates of the slimming silhouette, so here I am.
This shirt is ridiculously easy. The only change I had to make to the pattern was to lengthen and angle the bust darts out a bit. Other than that, pretty simple. Even the zipper was not too bad! It's not the most even zipper ever installed, but, hell, it zips and I am not embarrassed by it. Black on black helps for camouflaging, too. Thanks for the zipper encouragement, Colleen!
I would definitely make this pattern again, although I might consider altering the neckline, as this one is a bit strangle-y. Next time I might try the view C option with the high-low peplum (aka the mullet peplum). Perhaps a stretch or ponte version? We shall see.
Omg, I am pale. Not sure this is the best color for me...