Over at Mood Fabrics I fell for this black animal print flocked taffeta. Taffeta...it is what all my vintage loving swishing swirly skirted dreams are made of, however I felt this taffeta with the flocked animal print walked on the wilder side. And when I ran across the Burda Pleated Peplum Top (11/2012 #120) I envisioned a modern quirky nod to Sandy from Grease.
When laying out my pattern I made sure the fabrics flocking complimented the design I striped the center front with the print as well as the sleeves. I also adjusted the peplum with its inverted pleats to also show off the flocked print and maintain less pile in the inverted areas to avoid any excess midsection bulk.
I have not sewn a lot of Burda patterns. I have purchased a few magazines over the years only to realize I never possessed the patience to trace the patterns. Therefor I was in unfamiliar territory with the fit. A wise woman would have made a muslin...I am not that wise, I just wanted to sew my luscious fabric.
Pattern Adjustments - I had to shorten my torso length by an inch and completed a square shoulder adjustment. I also measured the shoulder length and was astounded to realize that I did not have to widen the shoulder. So I also assumed I did not need to adjust for broad back, I was proven wrong. It's a touch too snug in the shoulders for my liking; for future makes I will adjust this oversight. Oh well, I still love this funky flocked fabric top and will rock it.
I fully lined my peplum top in a deep purple lining. The lining also allows me to turn up the sleeves and form contrast cuffs for a less formal look.
Inner Garment View:
|The only shot with the shoes!|