First came the buttons. This beauts were found at a little sewing emporium just over a stone's throw from my sewing room. I just loved the zingy colour. Secondly a lunchtime rummage in one of my "local to the office" thrift stores turned up a soft cotton poplin shirt by East. It was the perfect colour to use with the grey spot fabric and give it a lift and, being a size 18, had a generous amount of fabric I could cut into , a bargain at £2.99.
I opted for orange on the midriff and collar which, together with the buttons, gave a good amount of fabric mix and eye popping colour to the top.
I self drafted the peplum and have recorded the tutorial here for anyone tempted to have a go.
There's not really too much to say about this make. I omitted the back zip, opting for the button back and added a placket - 2 in fact - to go down either side of the back, which I interfaced to give more sturdiness for the buttons and buttonholes.
My previous Monochrome Lekala didn't have a collar so it was fun to play around with the collar on this make, but I did end up sewing part of the collar into the shoulder seam, hence the spot fabric showing around the front of the neck (also due to understitching), but again, I like this detail.....
|Note matching accessory|
The peplum had it's first outing on a shopping trip to Brighton and did dance a little on windy Brighton beach, but you can't complain with so much zing!
If you like the idea of discovering Brighton and it's wonderful vintage boardwalk you might like to take a look here and plan your visit. ..... and think of all the fabric purchasing opportunities.
|Hem does need a little restitching here|
Ease of sewing - 5 out of 10 but only because I constructed my own peplum.
Cost: 1.3 metres of spot fabric at £7.99 per metre, £2.99 for the thrifted top and £1.75 for the buttons.
Go on, have a go at the tutorial and show off your makes.