It’s another Me Made Monday around here and I’m really excited to share my Penelope Peplum from See Kate Sew! It’s got florals and a circle skirt – so it’s right up my ally! Yesterday I talked about five things I learned in my first year of sewing, and my love of florals was one of those things – so this top is highly appropriate!
The Penelope Peplum is a knit top with multiple sleeve length and the original pattern comes with a gathered skirt. See Kate Sew has an add on pack to add a circle skirt or to make it a dress. Because I’ve learned that I much prefer a circle skirt to a gathered skirt, I decided to go with the circle skirt option and the cap sleeve length for a great spring and summer top!
I loved my Rosa Top so much, so when I saw this top, I thought it was similar but a little bit less casual. This top was also a lot more fitted than the Rosa top – for the Rosa, I made an XS, where for the Penelope, I made a medium. If you plan on making either – that’s a good thing to keep in mind.
I did add some length to the bodice of the Penelope as I made one last week and through the bodice was a little short. I can’t decide which one I like more but maybe I should split the difference? I like my tops to be a little bit longer than what the sample picture showed on See Kate Sew’s website, so the length was not a bad idea.
I love LA Finch Fabric’s liverpool knits – I found this coral floral patterned knit earlier this month and just love it! The liverpool knits have a crepe like texture and are perfect fits for knit tops and dresses. I’ve made few things out of the liverpool knits including my Rosa Top.
I chose not to hem the sleeves or the circle skirt on this top because I didn’t mind the unhemmed look.
The only thing I didn’t love about this pattern is the neckline. The pattern is drafted with a facing. I really dislike facings on a woven, and thought on a knit it would really not be my cup of tea. When I made my first version earlier this week, I did the facing and just didn’t love the way it turned out. This time, I just turned under the neckline. It doesn’t lay totally flat, so I think next time I might just add a neckband. I didn’t want to make the top casual, which is why I left it off in this version, but it might be the best option.
Penelope Top Summary:
Size Made: Medium
View: Top Version with Circle Skirt
Fabric Used: Liverpool Coral Knit from LA Finch Fabrics
Notions Used: Just my sewing machine!
Ease of Construction: Easy!
Fit: I added 2″ of length