The fabric arrived sealed and with these large labels. They were a beast to remove and still it did not all come off when washed. I got 6-yards each so I am not worried about a tiny bit of fabric loss.
The arrival of my fabric coincided with the Best Patterns Contest on PR. After looking through the available patterns to choose from, I decided on Vogue 8815 with a couple of modifications.
1. Why do you think this was voted one of the Best Patterns?
This pattern is a simple way to achieve the peplum look. It sews up fast and has a few options.
2. Would you have made this pattern if it was NOT voted one of the top patterns of the year?
I think I would have. I have wanted a peplum top using African Dutch Wax fabric. I recently purchased some and this pattern fit the bill for my purposes.
3. How did you make your version of this pattern unique?
I made mine unique me by creating a double peplum with the bias tape trim.
4. What size(s) did you make? I made the 12.
5. Did you find the sizing accurate compared to the measurements listed on the pattern?
Yes, I think the sizing is accurate.
6. What fabric and trims did you use? What was the source of your fabric and trims?
I used authentic African Dutch wax fabric that I purchased online from a vendor in China (that is one of the more absurd sentences I have written in a long time). The bias tape trim is run-of-the-mill stuff from Walmart.
7. Describe how you used the pattern instructions. Did you follow the instructions literally, did you figure out how to assemble on your own, or a combination of instructions plus own experience?
It was a combination of both. For the upper portion, I followed them. For the peplum, I figured out the construction on my own (see below).
8. Describe any alterations you made and discuss whether alternations were for fit or for design.
I altered the pattern for design. I chose to add a second shorter peplum above the first. To do this, I simply shortened the second by one and a half inches. I used my Dritz hem gauge to maintain a consistent length on the three pieces. I then used the folded piece as my pattern for the shorter peplum.
Rather than hem them, I opted to trim them in black bias tape. I thought this would add a bit of contrast against the vibrant print.
|Hem encased in bias tape.
I hemmed them before the top was sew up and basted the two peplums together and treated them as one.
I added an invisible zipper instead of the standard one. This was done before sewing the sides and keeping the top peplum free because it is split in the back.
I liked everything about the pattern. I have no dislikes.
10. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend this to others, but I don't think I will make it again. It is very distinctive and I think one is enough.
Wish me Luck and Happy Sewing!