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peplum top sonja

Added Feb 18, 2013

by mokosha

Beograd, Serbia






this is actually my muslin top
wanted to check the sonja pattern
before i make it into a dress
using some more fabulous fabric
now.. i’m not so sure i want to make that dress at all
i usually sew using self drafted patterns or burda patterns
with burda, i always use size 38 for the bodice
and it usually fits me like it should
no alterations needed
(now.. if i measure my body
and look at burda sizes – i should not be able to fit into the size 38
but i guess they leave lots of ease)
but this pattern i could not figure out
i guess it’s not made for flat chested chicks, that’s all
i cut size 12 at the waist
but graded to size 10 at the bust (and it still was a bit big on me)
bodice was awkwardly long
and, cause i was too lazy to move the darts
and shorten it at the bottom
i lowered the neckline.. like – a lot
at least 15 cm (which is 6 inches, in case you wonder)
ok, i went overboard with that
probably 10 cm would be better
cause this way, waistline sits above my actual waistline
but after hours and hours of working on the top
i just felt like i should just finish it
and save myself some more misery
all these alterations
kind of ruined my favorite part of original pattern
that interesting armscye cut
but at least, they made the bust dart sit where it should
(it was really low set at first)
so.. in conclusions
dunno.. i kind of like the top
it’s a wearable muslin and i plan to wear it a lot
as it’s comfortable, even if the fit is not perfect
but i don’t think i’m going to make that dress
(though it would be easier, i’ve made pattern pieces
for my altered version)
see more pics on my blog

Material Notes

cotton shirting fabric, striped (white and deep purple) remnants, some 60cm in total
chunky zipper (80cm)


Garment Type
Cotton, Shirting

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    Mar 22, 2013, 02.45 PMby alma086

    Hey Girl,

    Great shirt, I’m making a peplum shirt as well, but i’m having trouble understanding how to put in the lining.

    Do you happen to have pictures for this step? Or any words of advice?

    Thanks, Alma

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      Mar 22, 2013, 11.06 PMby mokosha

      well, dunno if i can be of any help here, my peplum top does not have lining (i used bias tape to finish my arm and neck openings).. but, this sort of top is pretty much the shorter version of dress, and i guess there is a lot of tutorials that can show you how to line a dress

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    Mar 12, 2013, 10.23 PMby bellasophy04

    Ow sorry you went through all that trouble, but the results are fabulous, it looks great.

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    Feb 20, 2013, 02.44 PMby PlandaFlowers

    Super ideja i super majica. I super blog, sad si mi medu bookmarksima :)

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    • Princezica_large

      Feb 20, 2013, 05.50 PMby mokosha

      :) hvala najlepse

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    Feb 19, 2013, 03.23 PMby barbaraagatha

    I thought it would be an easy peasy dress as well. It was huuuge.

    But I had to make so many alterations, especially under the armhole I don’t think I will turn my black wearable muslin into a “real” dress. I kept my fancy fabric for the good old 3/2011 Short Dress with Bubble Skirt. it never dissapoints the fit of the bust. I might work on that bust to make it a racer back. But I didn’t like this pattern’s fit at all.

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    • Princezica_large

      Feb 19, 2013, 04.19 PMby mokosha

      :) that’s exactly what i planed to do.. that dress you mentioned is my go to pattern, it always fits like a glove..

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    Feb 19, 2013, 11.23 AMby kelerabeus

    Razumem te, ništa gore nego kad već imaš viziju savršene gotove haljine u glavi i onda sve krene naopako. Ali ako zanemariš sate frustrirajućeg šivenja, završila si sa sasvim finim topom! Sviđa mi se beli ziper koji si ubacila. I sama sam imala oko na ovom kroju, bzvz što zahteva toliko posla..

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    • Princezica_large

      Feb 19, 2013, 12.04 PMby mokosha

      treba da pokusas, mozda ti neces morati da ga toliko prepravljas, nego samo da ga malo skratis.. ja i dalje imam tu haljinuu u glavi, ali mislim da cu na kraju da prepravim neki od burdinih krojeva tako da u predelu ramena ima slican izgled kao sonja

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    Feb 18, 2013, 08.34 PMby heatherrique

    Very attractive!

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    • Princezica_large

      Feb 18, 2013, 09.48 PMby mokosha

      thank you :)

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    Feb 18, 2013, 06.15 PMby dvinare

    ah, sounds like it took a lot of effort from you.. I dmire how you matched colors! is it really mannequin’s leg lying in the background? :)

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    • Princezica_large

      Feb 18, 2013, 08.03 PMby mokosha

      :) too much effort.. i worked seven hours on the damn top, that i would normally make in less then two hours.. yup, it’s mannequin’s leg, and on a left side of the pic is mannequin’s torso.. that’s my new favorite shooting location, and it’s full of broken mannequins :) cool and creepy, right hehe

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    Feb 18, 2013, 04.00 PMby Mary Athey

    Its lovely and.your fabrics lovely as well x

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    • Princezica_large

      Feb 18, 2013, 07.59 PMby mokosha

      thank you, mary athey :)

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