Pretty in Peplum by Sew Much Ado

You all know about Pretty in Pink, but Pretty in Peplum from Sew Much Ado is pretty in just about any color you'd make it in. Let's catch up with Trisha and Natalie and see what they have to say about this great little top and dress pattern!

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Hey everyone! It's Trisha here, and I'm back to talk to you today about the Pretty in Peplum top and dress by Sew Much Ado.  I have completely fallen in love with peplums.  For me, for my girls, it doesn't matter!  I just love how it takes a basic shirt and totally girlifies it and makes it look so much more high scale.  Who knew that just by adding a flounce to your shirt you could look so fancy?

I loved this so much I had to make matching ones for my girls.  My older daughter saw me making the one for her sister and asked me if it was for her American Girl doll.  I told her no, it was for her sister and she replied, "Well, that's ok.  Having a sister is sometimes better than having a doll.  Because I don't have to change her clothes for her and stuff.  But maybe I will someday when I get older.  I should probably practice now so I'm good at changing diapers and things when I do have to babysit."  She's 7 and totally cracks me up!

Let's talk about this pattern though!

  • Shirt or dress option
  • Sizes 18-24 months to 12
  • Size chart, finished measurement chart, and fabric requirement charts in both Imperial and Metric units
  • 3 different sleeve lengths: short, 3/4, and long
  • Cutting diagrams so you know how to fit it all onto your fabric
  • Tips for sewing with knits
  • Step by step instructions with illustrations to help guide you
  • Chart to tell you which pages to print for your size
  • Nested pattern piece

It went together fairly quickly.  I made my second one all during naptime.  I think it could definitely be a beginner pattern.  The neck is finished using a neck facing that requires knit interfacing, which I didn't know existed until a few years ago.  This just helps give the neckline some stability and still allows it to be stretchy. 

Overall I was quite pleased with this pattern!  It was quick, looks cute with jeans or leggings, and I can make it in heavier knits for winter with long sleeves, or lighter knits with short sleeves for the summer.  I have a feeling this pattern will become a staple in my household! 

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Hi everyone!  My name is Natalie Ewy, and I'm a stay-at-home mom to 2 little boys, and 2 little girls.  I also really love to sew!  I'm always looking for fun new patterns that are more fitting to my older girl, and when I saw the Sew Much Ado Pretty in Peplum pattern, I knew that I had to make it for her.   I love to sew for my girls because I have a very hard time finding things that fit their tall, skinny bodies.  I love that this pattern includes a sizing chart so that I could make just the right size.   I ended up making her a 6 width with an 8 length top, and the fit was perfect!

The pattern is very well written and includes illustrations instead of photos, which I prefer because sometimes the fabrics used in photos can make it confusing, especially if different fabrics are used throughout the pattern.  The pattern includes sizes 18-24m to 12.  It includes a top and a dress version, with 3 different sleeve lengths!!  (Long, 3/4, and short).  Along with the sizing chart, she includes a finished measurement chart as well.  As a bonus, there is also a page with tips on working with knits!  

I hand stitched a crochet lace accent to the top and also added some lace to the under side of the sleeves.  To account for the length of the lace, I hemmed the sleeves 1/2" shorter than the pattern called for.  I used Jocole's tutorial to gather my lace with elastic, so that the sleeves would still have stretch.  I also used Jocole's Essential Pants (with some lace added to the bottom) to complete the look.   I will definitely be making more of these peplum tops!  They are perfect for fall!!