For a long time I wanted to sew a peplum blouse. I think this style is really flattering, accentuating the waist and the gathered peplum gives you a curvier look. It's really feminime.
The pattern, like I wrote in another blogpost, really inspired me with the fabric choice. As you can see, the illustration shows a striped fabric. And I had a striped fabric for years in my stash. I think it's a match made in heaven. Ok, maybe I'm exaggurating a little, but still.
It was really hard to cut everything out of the fabric. Not only because of the stripes, but I hadn't enough fabric for this pattern. But with som trial and error and a little bit of cheating I made it work.
I had to make the hem width of the skirt a couple of inches smaller otherwise I wouldn't make it. The skirt doesn't have a waistband, but a facing. originally the centre front and back parts of the skirt needed to be cut along the fold. I couldn't do this, and had to add a seam.
The belt is also made by me. Luckily, I had fabric in my stash in a similar color.
I also discovered that something went wrong with the calculations I made to see if I needed to change the patterns. I measured the waist and thought I had to add a little to make it fit me. But after sewing the skirt together (luckily no zip inserted yet), the skirt was too big. So I started calculating again, and again, but I couldn't find a mistake in my calculations. Strange huh? Well, I'm happy it wasn't the other way around, my skirt being too small.
As I mentioned earlier this set is not really like what I usually make. I stepped out of my comfort zone fabric wise. I'm more like a floral kind of gal, romantic, no 'harsh' stripes. But somehow I was attracted to it and it even inspired me for one of my upcoming sewing projects which contains also a striped fabric. Something is changing over here ;)
Do you get out of your comfortzone when it comes to choosing a pattern/fabric?
P.S. When I look back at the pictures I'm getting a bit insecure. Is this style suitable for me?' I ask myself. Maybe I have to adjust a little or maybe it's just nothing for me. I hate those doubts.