Sometimes I think about those RTW tops I’ve always steered away from at stores because “Oh that won’t look good on me…” or “That’s not me…” and how now I dive right in with sewing patterns. This is a perfect example of a top that I LOVE but would have never picked up in a store.
I’ve admired Sew Caroline’s patterns for a while, but have never sewn one before. When the Primrose Peplum top came out, I sewed it up immediately last Sunday night. It is such a cute and flattering top that is another example of secret pajamas! So comfortable and looks super cute.
As this is my busy time at work, I only have a couple hours a week to sew, and I decided to take advantage of it with this top!
When looking at the pattern, I knew that a drapey rayon would be a perfect fit for this top. I had purchased this rayon from Stitch Sew Shop at the beginning of the year and I think it turned out really nicely. The circle skirt in a rayon is so flowey and drapey (ps – I don’t think those are words…but I use them all the time…).
I think I’m falling in love with circle skirts. I love this one even more than my Saiph Tunic – I think because it’s a little bit more fitted and looks less like a tunic and more like a top that can go from work to going out to dinner in the evening.
I chose to make the 3/4 length sleeve with the straight cuff and the circle skirt. I really enjoy patterns that have a lot of variety – this pattern comes with two different skirt options and a variety of different sleeve options allowing you to make it multiple times in different variations. As a serial pattern repeater – this is a win for me.
I did make some modifications to the pattern to make a better fit for me. I decided to not insert a zipper and instead cut the back bodice and back circle skirt on the fold. I also decided to do a bias binding instead of the facing as bias bindings tend to sit a little bit flatter on my neckline than a facing. As someone who was 100% against bias bindings not too long ago, this is a huge step for me to willingly chose to add one! I purchased this Liberty Bias Binding from Liberty Haberdashery on Etsy and it was a quick and easy way to add bias binding to the neck.
I love my labels from Dutch Label Shop!
Instead of doing a traditional hem, I decided to do a rolled hem on the serger. Easy and adds to the flow of the skirt!
This was a great addition to my Handmade Closet and can’t wait to make another one!
This is so pretty! This is such a great print for the pattern!
Lara Liz says
Thank you!! I love being able to pull from my stash. We can be twins in our tops!
Beautiful top! I love all the adjustments you made – it was spot on what I would do myself! Thank you for that referral to Liberty Haberdashery – I immediately popped over to her Etsy Shop and ordered a bunch of different beautiful colours! I have all the doo dads to make my own but to have it all done for you in beautiful Liberty – what’s not to love about that!?
Lara Liz says
Thank you so much!! I love the premade bias tape even though it’s a bit of a cheat! So glad I could introduce you to Liberty Haberdashery! Enjoy!!
Looks lovely on you! I was one of the testers so have one made up already too. Very surprised you were able to get it on without the zipper! Can I ask what your measurements are and what size you chose?
Lara Liz says
Thank you! Absolutely – I was spot on the medium measurements in hips and waist and was a little under the bust measurement for medium. I made the medium straight as is and didn’t remove the seam allowance which probably helped some. Maybe also doing a bias binding on the neck helped as well? It’s totally easy to slip on and off over my head.
Thank you! I might try slipping mine on without unzipping. I was technically small bust (like exactly) and med waist. Made the medium But I took the back darts out to make it roomier, which would make it even wider than just the extra SA fabric… Hmmm.