Knit Peplum Top

2 Jan

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you had an excellent holiday season and your mind is full of exciting resolutions 🙂

I have taken the last few days off of work and have spent it doing little other than sewing.  I have to tell you it has been wonderful!  I had gotten a little disgruntled with my sewing because I had been having some trouble with sorting out my fitting issues but I made two garments over the break that I think fit perfectly.  This accomplishment was just what I needed to get my “sewjo” back and I am ready to tackle more projects now.




On a side note, I participated in the Christmas sewing swap hosted by Vicki Kate and I was paired up with Rebecca from Sew Tiger Sew all the way over in San Francisco.  She sent me this gorgeous grey and white sheer cotton from Britex Fabrics.  I may be making an Alma blouse with it if I buy the pattern or I may use a pattern from my stash — we’ll see.  You’ll have to wait to see what I sent Rebecca when she reveals it on her blog.




A few days ago, I was checking out a new local high-end women’s boutique.  I saw several cute knit peplum tops on the racks, all in the $250 and up price range.  Aside from remarking to my husband on the outrageous price tag for something that was fabricated in China, I also noted the simple construction techniques that had been used to make the tops and exclaimed that I could make one myself — and for a lot less than $250!  So I set out to do just that.




For this top, I used Simplicity 2648, an Amazing Fit dress pattern.  I had made it once before in the preblog days before I knew how much ease the Big 4 pattern companies add to their patterns.  I recut the pattern in a smaller size and bust cup and the fit was much better.  I still did a little bit of tweaking, I think mostly because I used a knit (albeit very stable and sturdy Eileen Fisher white ponte knit), and took the seams in a tad under the bust and at the sides, but overall the 12C pattern fit me well.  I also shortened the bodice by 1″ for my short waist.  I drafted my own 1/2 circle peplum to fit once I had perfected the fit of the bodice.




For construction, I serged all the seams with a 4-thread overlock.  I then topstitched the princess seams and back darts as well as the waist seam.




I fully lined the top with a silky tricot I picked up at a local fabric salvage shop for a song.  I edge stitched the neck and armhole openings to echo the topstitching and to help keep the lining in place.




Overall, I LOVE my top and plan to wear it a ton.  I think I will also be making more knit tops like this but don’t know that I will be lining all of them, especially if they are not in a see-through color.




As an added bonus, I  now have a princess bodice block that fits me and I will be showing you the second project of my mini holiday break that I created using the pattern soon but in the meantime here is a sneak peek!




Styling Notes

Top:  Me Made!

Skirt:  CAbi

Tights:  Spanx

Shoes:  Donald J Pliner

Necklace:  Kenneth Cole


15 Responses to “Knit Peplum Top”

  1. Leslie January 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Who did that fabulous photography is what I want to know…

  2. Lynn January 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Just….WOW! Stunning fit and beautiful top!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD January 2, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Thanks, Lynn! Have you gotten back in front of the sewing machine yet? We need to get together soon so you can teach my how to knit. I’m loving all the things you are making lately!

      • Lynn January 3, 2013 at 7:10 am #

        Not yet, but I’m thinking about some leggings for Pure Barre….

  3. Dianne January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    Beautiful! I love the sass in the tighhts and shoes! Do tell more about that fabric swap!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD January 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

      Thanks! I signed up for the swap back in October on one of the blogs I follow. I will let you know when it happens again. Miss you!!

  4. Houseofpinheiro January 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    It’s super chic, loved it

  5. houseofpinheiro January 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Your is so chic and elegant. Love it


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