Penelope Peplum

My Penelope Peplum by See Kate Sew has become quite the wardrobe staple around here. I made this top back in the beginning of February and I’ve probably worn it once a week since. Seriously. I might need an intervention (or, maybe I should just make another so I can rotate them out more).

See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum at Sewbon.com

See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum at Sewbon.com

See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum at Sewbon.com

See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum at Sewbon.com

I sewed up a size small and found that the fit was pretty spot on. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the pattern, which is pretty rare for me. Although, I think I might lengthen the bodice on my next one just to create the illusion that my torso isn’t quite so short.

I also used a quarter inch foot on my new sewing machine (review and details coming soon!) to do my top stitching and I’m so happy with how precise my top stitching looks! I think this might become my new go-to foot for top stitching, even though it’s meant more for quilting.

See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum at Sewbon.com

See Kate Sew Penelope Peplum at Sewbon.com

The knit I used is from a local shop here in Denver and I’m totally in love with it! It’s probably a good thing that it’s so cute because it was actually a big pain to sew with! It kept curling up at the edges and required hefty amounts of spray starch to lay flat. It would have been better if I had just skipped pressing the fabric and sewed it up immediately after cutting since the steam from my iron made the curling even worse. But, as it took me a solid 4 weeks from cutting the pattern pieces out to sitting down to sew it together, I had to press out all the wrinkles it got from when it was apparently a prime cat sleeping spot in my craft room.

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Shirt : Handmade, Penelope Peplum Pattern // Jeans : Anthropologie // Necklace : Discontinued JCrew (similar) // Shoes : DIY

Do your pets like to turn your sewing projects into napping spots too or are my furry friends just extra naughty?

Photo Credit | Laura Murray Photography

  • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Stacia

    My cat will start watching me sew from across the room (especially when I’m cutting things on the floor) and any time I look away he’ll inch a couple inches closer to my fabric until I either say something to him or shoo him away. Then he starts over. It’s hilarious most of the time. I love this pattern! I have yet to try it, but I love the way it looks on everyone that I have seen photos of!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Haha, that sounds hilarious! Mine are just so bold and walk right over and plop themselves down in the middle of whatever I’m working on. :)

      • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Stacia

        How many do you have? They sound super cute. Cats with personality are the best!

        • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

          I have 2 cats and a standard poodle. One of my cats, Bailey, is a tripod and he’s the one that usually gets into everything. The other cat, Lucy, is an old girl and really just enjoys napping. :)

          • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Stacia

            They sound wonderful. :) I think cats can add a lot of joy to a work space, even if they are getting in the way. :)

  • http://www.madalynne.com/ Maddie Flanigan

    There’s a Free People top just like this that I want. Maybe I’ll make it instead :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Girl, you can make anything. Seriously. :)

  • Brenna

    I love this top! It’s so simple, but pretty.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Sew Charleston

    Love your Penelope peplum! I’ve made a top and a dress with this pattern. It’s such a cute, quick, and easy sew! Does your neckline want to roll out? I topsticted mine and it still rolls forward. The directions don’t say to clip the neckline, but I wonder if it would help.

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Aw, thanks! I really want to make some more of this pattern – I love it! Hmm, I haven’t had any issues with my neckline rolling out. I understitched and then top stitched mine and I also tacked it in the shoulder seams.

  • Melissa Q

    So adorable! I love the stripes on the bias for the peplum…you are so clever! Also, I’m very impressed with your lined-up stripes, that is always my downfall when I’m sewing stripy knits!

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks Melissa! Getting my stripes to line up is so hit or miss for me! I find that they line up even better when I don’t try, because whenever I try really hard, it’s always an epic fail! ;)

      • Melissa

        Ha!! Isn’t that always the way!! Well, keep up your accidental awesomeness!!