Penelope Peplum Dress Pattern Review

When See Kate Sew released her Penelope Peplum pattern, I was so excited.
What a great pattern!  So many cute options.  I signed up for the Pattern Tour but then Isabella came along and I had to take a bit of a sewing/blogging break.

Finally right before Easter, I made my first one- the gathered dress version.

Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out.  I used a fabric that had a 4-way stretch and didn’t calculate the vertical stretching, so the waist seam was too low. Long story short, I tried to fix it multiple times without success until I finally gave up.  But I learned from those mistakes and completed two really cute dresses last week.

Tribal Penelope Peplum by iCandy handmade

For this version, I used some gorgeous tribal double knit that I picked up at the National City Swap Meet for $2/yard!  It had some stains on it but I bought a big enough piece that I was able to work around them.  (When I saw the fabric, I couldn’t let a few stains stop me from buying it!)  It sewed like a dream.  I need more of this stuff.

I cut out the cap sleeve but made it even smaller.  I just measured how long I wanted the top of the sleeve to be, then used a curved ruler to draw a line from that measurement at the top of the sleeve to the underarm seam.  It worked out perfectly.

Tribal Penelope Peplum Close Up Cap Sleeve

The other change I made was to make the skirt less full.  I learned with my first failed version that I look better with less fabric at my hips. 🙂  So with this thicker knit, I measured the skirt pieces to be only 25″ each.  I think it turned out perfect with this fabric.

Tribal Penelope Peplum Side View

This is one of my favorite things I have EVER sewn for myself and will wear it all the time.  Props to Kate for such a great pattern.

It was so nice just sitting down to sew for the fun of it- not having to take any photos of the process! 🙂 And the pattern is so great, and well written.  If you haven’t bought it, you definitely are missing out.

Tribal Penelope Peplum

For the second one, I just used some Girl Charlee gray striped jersey.  I cut the skirt a little bit narrower than the pattern called for as well but not as small as for the double knit one, as this fabric is a tiny bit see through.

Striped Penelope Peplum

I wore it this past Sunday with a jersey Knit Boyfriend Cardi and loved the combo.

Striped Penelope Peplum W Cardi

I could make this pattern over and over again! If only I had the time… but I have to work on new projects now!

Thanks Kate for such a RAD pattern.  –Yes I was a teenager in the 90’s, ok? 🙂