Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Peplum Party!

Amber and I recently made some new shirts and you guys....PEPLUM!

The Riding Peplum is a brand new pattern from amazing pattern-maker, April Rhodes! We were lucky enough to be chosen to test-sew this pattern for her so we were able to make these up before the pattern was released. YAY!

April Rhodes is the woman behind the Staple Dress pattern and Date Night Dress pattern. She makes patterns that are stylish and flattering, yet simple to sew - perfect for new garment sewists! The Riding Peplum is her newest design and can be made in a shirt length or dress length. Amber and I both made the shirt length - we couldn't resist that fun, flowy peplum!

Amber choose to make hers out of the Sherpa print from the newest Parson Gray collection, Vagabond. This collection by David Butler is now in stock and the muted palette of greys, navys, browns and blacks is perfect for garment making!

This quilting weight cotton looks great and we love the way she did the top and bottom in different directions. The Riding Peplum has an easy fit with no closure, you just pull it over your head. The peplum is longer in the back than the front which is super-flattering to wear.

I choose to use a Nani Iro double-gauze in a painterly checkerboard print. The double-gauze is amazing for this pattern. The fabric fades to grey at the selvedge, so I cut the pattern out on the cross-grain for a top to bottom fade in and out...I love it! This top uses just 2 yards of 44" fabric, we can't wait to see yours!

It's not a Riding Peplum if you're not riding anything so we utilized our friends Bucky Jr and the Lone Howler for optimum styling effect.

Riding Peplum is currently available as a pdf download from Ms Rhodes herself. Print copies should be available soon here at Fancy Tiger Crafts!

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