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