Ever since I started sewing for my daughter, I had visions of making us matching clothes and walking around town hands in hands. Visions, not reality since she is a size 4 tiny petite thing and I am a plus size Mom. I have a hard time believing in a style I have sewn for her that will translate well on my curves, bust and still have a nice appeal. However, I decided that this Mother’s day, 3+ years into my sewing adventure-that it was time to take the plunge.
I knew I wanted to work with knit fabric because it’s more forgiving and I was dying to work with Katarina Roccella new InBlue fabric line for Art Gallery fabrics that I received a few weeks ago. After doing an extensive research on mother/daughter (Child + Plus size) I landed on Love Notions patterns, Maggie Peplum top for Hobbes and Margot Peplum top for me. Truthfully, I was amazed by the span of sizes...between the two patterns, you are covered from 2T-XXXL, roughly a 22 in women's sizes.
This being the second time I've sewn for me, I probably could have benefited from sewing a muslin first. I recommend doing so-especially in women’s clothes when you are petite, have a bust and plan on blending sizes. The Margot patterns, really full of fantastic information, gave me the tools I needed to make the changes...and me being confident, I dove right in. Overall, I really like the fit of the peplum top. I did make a mistake in measuring my top without accounting for the lift of my bra. I would size up next time.
For Hobbes top, I decided to try the princess seams option. I am obsessed with the look of mixing the two prints. I adore the loose fit of her top, and in both of our peplums, the swing option.
Both Maggie and Margot patterns come with plain or princess seam bodice. You have the choice of 4 sleeve options: short, elbow, ¾ and long; and 3 peplum options: swing, gathered or pleated-so really these two patterns can be made year long. I actually think it would be fun to elongate the peplum option (based on personal measurements-it shouldn't be hard to do the math) and make my next version a dress. I’ll be sure to share it here when I am done.
Till next time, Happy Sewing!