Sometimes, a pattern that should take a few hours ends up taking days because of all the changes required to make it work. Luckily, it’s usually worth it – and that was certainly the case for the In The Folds x Peppermint Magazine peplum top.
The pattern itself is simple and the instructions are straightforward and clear. It comes in multiple sizes and it is FREE! So far so good! Unfortunately, this top just did not want to fit my petite frame, and so the armscyes gaped in a way I can only describe as…inappropriate.
Easy fix normally, however this top is finished using bias binding…and of course I didn’t notice the severe gaping issue until it was finished and pressed! Fine. I undid the binding. All. The. Binding. Then I shortened the shoulder straps 2cm, pulled in each side 2cm from the armscyes grading out to the ruffle and then added darts at the bust. Then I redid the bias binding. The top still gapes a tiny bit in the back but not enough to redo it again.
Overall I really like this top, it is super cute for spring and summer, has some very nice details (like the shoulder strap piece and the V-back). It does come with a LOT of ease, so I highly recommend sizing down (which I did, making a size C and I still needed to make a fair few adjustments!) If I made it again, I’d also adjust the pattern pieces to narrow the top at the CF and CB, the sleeves sit a little too far out on my narrow shoulders.
Pattern: Peplum Top
Designer: In the Folds
Designed for: Wovens
Fabric choice: Lightweight cotton gingham
Size: C (My measurements are – Height: 159cm/5’2, Bust: 88cm, Waist 73cm, Hips 96cm)
Modifications: Shortened the straps by 2cm; Pulled in each side 2cm from the armscyes grading out to the ruffle; Added darts at the bust.
Difficulties or future changes: Take out width from the CF and CB on pattern before cutting fabric
Recommend for: Tall beginners