Vintage Sewing

Self-drafted peplum blouse

November 24, 2013

Hi everyone, just wanted to share my almost finished new creation and also to ask your opinions?

I started with a basic bodice block that I drafted, lowered the back into a really deep “V” shape and added a 6-inch peplum which I essentially drafted as a circle skirt and lined the back split together with the bodice for the zipper, which I hand sewed in.
I also made some bias from a random scrap of powder blue chiffon I had lying around and put that around the neck hole for some contrast and a nice finish.
The sleeves have been the bane of this project for me! I can’t decide what I want to make! At the moment they are just temporary mini flounce with a semi circle of the fabric, which is set in just like a regular sleeve. What I am thinking is to make a 1/2 length cuffed sleeve and finish the cuff edges off in the bias tape, but I worry that with the peplum and the busy-ness of the fabric that it may just be too many focal details and get a bit messy, so any input you may have would be well recieved.

The fabric is a nicely weighted Poly-cotton and I have about a metre of it left, so I can really do anything with the sleeves as I have enough fabric.

Thanks for looking, you can see more about this project and other things I make at Red Hot Rosie,

  1. I love this top the way it is now! I think the sleeves at the moment are very flattering whilest looking very elegant. I love the combination of the romantic shape of your top and the skulls!
    Great job!

    1. Thanks for the kind comment! I think that the issue with the sleeves for me is that I think it makes the blouse look too homemade, or something like that 🙂

  2. The sleeves are nice, but I think longer sleeves would be nice also. And the blue tape would coordinate it with the neckline, and not be too much, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your creation.

  3. I agree with the previous comment – I also think that longer sleeves would look great, and that the bias binding wouldn’t be too much. At least as long as the sleeve itself is not too “complicated”. I think longer sleeves could accentuate the peplum in a way, sort of letting the peplum be the only “flounce”, if that makes sense 🙂

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