When I was little, the first real pet I ever had (besides the obligatory gold fish, hamsters, and hermit crabs) was a Senegal parrot. My sister and I named him Candy. Actually, his full name was some obnixous combination of our favorite snacks… Candy Cane Apple Peanut Butter Popcorn Jello Sobon. Remind me to never allow my future kids to name any pets. Anyways, I have a special place in my heart for birds. So when I saw the amazing flamingo fabric Sewaholic is using for the Yaletown sew along, I set out on a mission to find it.
After striking out with some extensive googling, I reached out to the kind folks at Télio Fabrics and they pointed me in the direction of Emma One Stock. I was so pumped to find this fabric online that I bought quite a bit. As in, my entire wardrobe might consist of flamingos soon.
Since I want flamingo everything right now, it was an easy decision to use this fabric to make up the April Rhodes Riding Peplum for Selfish Sewing Week. In case you haven’t heard of Selfish Sewing Week before, you can check out this post to learn more.
I had been eyeing the Riding Peplum for a while and I’m so glad I finally got to sew it. It’s such a fun and wearable pattern. By some miracle, I actually made a muslin of the bodice to check the fit. Seriously though, I never muslin. Never. That just goes to show just how much I love this flamingo fabric.
I cut the x-small size and the fit was pretty close off the bat. The only fit adjustment I made was to remove about an inch from the center back neckline to fix some gaping issues I was having. I have no idea what the proper term for that adjustment is called. The other change I made was to use the size small bodice length and the size small skirt length.
This pattern came together pretty easily. I serged the edges on most of my pattern pieces in the beginning since my fabric is somewhat delicate and frays quite a bit when worked with. However, I left the neck and armscye raw until it was time to bind them. Sadly, my fabric was frayed too much to attach the bias tape so I had to trim down the neckline and armscye . At this point, Fray Check became my best friend and we powered through together.
I’m so happy about this make and definitely want more Riding Peplums (or maybe the Party Dress version!!) and flamingos in my life.
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