Check us out! Ivy and I have some fun new girly clothing and it’s all thanks to See Kate Sew’s newest patterns: the Penelope and Pippa Peplums.
The Penelope is a woman’s top pattern, and has some great options. There are different sleeve lengths, and also an add-on set of patterns to take you from a top pattern to a dress. I went for the dress with a gathered skirt (there is also a circle skirt option in the add-on pack, and another option for the top).
Ivy’s top is the little sister pattern to the Penelope, the Pippa Peplum. I used some ribbed knit with a tiny heart print on it for her top. It’s from a local shop and the quality is fantastic (if you’re in SLC, it’s from Nuttal’s and was only $6.80/yard!!) I stretched out the neckline when I was attaching the facing, so I added a little box pleat to the top center front to bring it back in, then slapped a baby ric-rac bow over the pleat. Next time, I’ll stay stitch the neckline, especially if I do another in a ribbed knit.
I love how feminine and sweet this pattern is. If you are familiar with See Kate Sew’s women and girl patterns, she always nails this look. It’s kind of her thing. The tops/dresses are quick sews with great instructions and pictures throughout. There is a bow pattern included, that you can attach to the tops. I decided to use the bow for a hair clip instead. I also made a pair of tiny little jeggings for her to go with the top. When I showed her the whole outfit, she gasped and yelled “My princess dress!”, which is what she calls all her favorite clothes, then ran to me to put it all on her.
The fabric for mine was a super-sheer jersey with a flocked floral print. I picked up a couple yards of it last summer in LA, but I cannot remember from which shop. Somewhere in the garment district. Sorry. Anyway, it’s sheer, so I lined it. The lining is leftover knit from this past year’s Christmas PJs. It’s from Jo-Anns and is insanely soft and surprisingly heavy.
I was really happy with how easy it was to line the whole Penelope Dress. The pattern calls for front and back facings, but I skipped those since I was doing the lining. I sewed the entire bodice, sleeves included, with the lining attached to the outer fabric. The skirt lining, however, I left free-hanging, which I think is kind of fun.
The only real issue is that I went with the gathered option off the add-on pack, and gathering two layers of knit around my waist doesn’t really do much for me in that area. If I could go back, I’d do the circle skirt version of the dress. I think the gathered option is beautiful, but not two layers thick. Darn it.
Little details are my favorites, and so I added a fun little floral decorative stitch to the hem of the lining. No one will see it, but I don’t care. It makes me smile. I wish I had a pair of cowboy boots to go with this dress. Don’t you think it would look adorable with cowboy boots?
At least I have a cute little peplumed toddler to go with it.
-Dress: Penelope Peplum with Add-On Gathered Dress from See Kate Sew. Fabric is flocked jersey knit from the LA garment district, lined with knit from Jo-Ann Stores.
-Jewelry: ModCloth (affiliate link)
-Top: Pippa Peplum from See Kate Sew. Fabric is ribbed knit from Nuttal’s in SLC
-Jeggings: Go To Leggings, adapted, from Go To Patterns (affiliate link). Fabric is stretch denim from Jo-Ann Stores
-Hair Bow: same details as the Top
-Shoes: Squeakers from Mamabargains.com
I was given the Penelope and Pippa Peplum Patterns to sew in exchange for this post. All opinions and statements are mine. Thanks, Kate!
And thanks to my awesome friend, Camilla, for taking the pictures in her beautiful home.