Love Notions released two new patterns today: the Margot and the Maggie Peplum. Both are the same design with the same options, but the Margot is for ladies (sizes XS-XXXL) and the Maggie is for girls (sizes 2T - 16). There are also available for purchase bundled together here. (Included links are affiliate links.)
I was hesitant to try it at first because I tried sewing myself a peplum a few years ago and it wasn't love. I felt kind of awkward in the shape. Granted that was when I was first learning to sew for myself instead of my kids, so there could have been some user error on my part. Regardless, I didn't think that it was the right style for me.
I was intrigued by the options in this particular peplum pattern, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it out anyways.
And I'm so glad I did!
This is my final version in rayon spandex. It has excellent drape, and I love the way the peplum hangs in this fabric. A more defined peplum could easily be achieved in a more structured and heavier knit like scuba, liverpool, or ponte if that is your preference.
This seriously has the comfort of a t-shirt, yet I feel put together wearing it. I might need a few more of these! I'm a peplum convert now.
I was very thankful that the pattern included instructions and tips on achieving a great fit. I was worried about where to lengthen to get the waist seam to hit at the most flattering spot and the instructions address that. Instructions for doing a full bust adjustment for both the solid and princess seamed bodice are also included in the Margot pattern and instructions for blending sizes for height are included in the Maggie pattern.
The rayon top I made in the pictures above was sewn from the final version of the pattern, with the solid bodice and the swing skirt.
I also made myself another peplum top from an early version in testing. The pattern has since been tweaked to achieve a better fit but I will still get a lot of use in this one. I definitely should have lengthened this one. (I am 5'7" and the pattern is drafted for 5'5") But I will be able to wear it with high waisted skirts or pants.
I don't know what I was thinking, I always lengthen my shirt patterns, but oh well. I'll still get a lot of use out of it.
This one was a rayon knit, with only two way stretch, with the princess seams and the pleated skirt. The pleats on the the skirt match up with the princess seams in all sizes.
And speaking of those princess pleats, there are some fun colorblocking opportunities there! This is Eve, modeling the Maggie in colorblocked princess seams and the pleated skirt.
I love all the options! They include:
-Four sleeve lengths: long, 3/4, elbow, or short.
-Two bodice options: solid or princess seams.
-Three skirt options: swing, pleated, or gathered.
I've been holding off on the best part. Today only, this pattern is on sale for 50% off. That's very generous for a new release! Tomorrow, the price goes back to the special price for new releases, still on sale but not as low as today's price.
In fact, ALL of Love Notions' patterns are on sale for 50% off. You check them all out here. These are some of my favorite patterns!