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I knew I was going to make this the second I saw it on the cover of the August issue! A lot of peplum dresses just feature a ring of excess fabric around the hips, but here, the curved waist seam plus the sloped hemline and bias-cut peplum on this particular pattern really sets it above the rest. I also like that it’s separates, so I can pair my top with a skirt, slim trousers, or leggings and get much more wear from it than just a single dress.

I found it really odd that this pattern is unlined, though (or rather, just the sleeves are lined) – It’s pretty straightforward to make lining pattern pieces from the shell and facings (see below), but the construction was more challenging to figure out. It is possible to do a nice clean finish almost entirely by machine (you still have to sew the hems by hand), but you have to do a bit of clever reordering of the construction…

Luckily for you, I shared my clever order of construction with you!

To see way more photos (inside and out) of the completed top, head over to FehrTrade.com

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