Although I never like it when Mr. Bean has to travel for work, I do take advantage of the opportunity to cover my dining room table with sewing supplies and not have to clear it off for dinner. This top, called the “Cordelia Peplum Top” comes from the talented pattern makers over at My Little Plumcake. You can see it here, http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyLittlePlumcake?ref=shop_sugg.
The pattern has the option of adding a Peter Pan collar, but I decided to leave it collarless because I thought it looked too big on this small sized top. I made Avenlea the size 12 mos. I thought it would be too big, but as you can see, it fit her perfectly. She does have a little bit of room to grow, but I think it fits pretty true to size. She’s 12 months old and 17 lbs, for comparison.
Sewing the top was very straightforward. I had a bit of a hard time with the instructions, mostly because I’m used to following illustrated patterns instead of photographed ones, but once I read it through a couple times, it was super easy to go from there. The pattern calls for a hidden bias finish on the arm holes, but I decided to use bias tape like this instead because it was faster, easier, and I liked how it looked. I think it’d be super cute to use the chevron fabric for the bias too. I might do it that way next time.
Overall, I am super happy with how this top came together and how it looks finished. The keyhole in the back made it super easy to put on her and was easier to sew than I thought it would be. I’m definitely going to start adding keyhole openings to some of my other patterns. I love the style and its so much easier than a zipper! I’d love to see this pattern with a lace overlay in the top part of even made into a dress or romper…..hmmm….