Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Gray Ponte Peplum Top

Pattern: McCall's 6754
Fabric: Charcoal Gray Ponte Roma Knit - Joann Fabrics

Well folks, I've finally jumped on the peplum band wagon, and I'm thinking I should have earlier! I love how this top turned out, and how it fits on my pear shape-ness :) I think the key is that it hits right at the natural waist, instead of added fullness on the hips. It's really quite flattering, even after many many cookies (this theory has been tested with science).

For this top I used McCall's pattern 6754 - View A.  It also includes a raglan sleeve peplum top with a pieced bodice that looks awesome in a striped fabric. Did I mention they can both be made into dresses? :)

I cut a straight size Medium, according to my measurements and the fact that the pattern was intended for knits but it was definitely TOO BIG.  What should have been a fairly quick sew ended up taking 4-5 hours to complete. I still see some issues, but it's good enough for me - next time I'll be sure to go with the small.

Other alterations include:
* Raised neckline by a couple inches - the original is quite low
* Added a few inches length to peplum skirt
* Reduced fullness in peplum skirt
* Attempted a double line of topstitching along the neckline and armhole instead of a narrow hem

Double topstitching at neckline (it doesn't all look this even ;)
Narrow Hem
The only good sleeveless shot - it was surprisingly cold!
Back view - I think the wrinkles along the side are from taking in so much from the side seams,
but still having too-big armholes... wah-wah.
Sometimes I think this blog is too serious.
I really love this top pattern - it is so flattering and if I cut the right size, it would be quick and easy to make. I highly recommend it, and will be making it again soon! One ticket to ride on the peplum train, please :)


  1. I was admiring this on your MMM post. LOVE it! And yay we're both pear-shaped haha

    1. Thanks so much! Also I loved your idea of heading finished garment posts with the fabric and pattern ... so much that I stole it! I hope that is okay! It just makes everything so easy to find :) Yay for pears!

  2. Oooh love it:) ponte looks like such lovely fabric, I gotta jump on the bandwagon I think

  3. I've just recently jumped on the peplum train, and I am surprised how much I like them! This looks great on you, really cute and flattering!

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  5. I just found your blog through Burdastyle, hello!
    This top is gorgeous, I'm a sucker for a good peplum top (I've made 3 so far!)
    Maybe I'll have a wander around your site and see what other goodies you've made for some inspiration.

  6. Oh it's lovely! I have been a bit hesitant about peplum tops because I wasn't sure it would suit me but yours looks great. Maybe I should jump on the bandwagon too :)

  7. This looks great, and you really have me rethinking my peplum avoidance issues!

  8. I just finished Vogue 8815 peplum top for wovens. It's amazing! I'll have to check this one out too, it looks great.

  9. Very good . I like how you hemmed the bottom. When I made the item I ran into the same issue with the size. Next time I will cut a smaller size . It looks great !

  10. This is so cute and definitely very flattering! The topstitching and hem stitching looks so pretty. Well done! I've started to rethink peplums myself. I'm waiting for my Sewing Cake Hummingbird pattern to arrive. Can't wait!

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