Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Vogue 8815 | Peplum top!

One of this season's biggest trends is the peplum.  And the most versatile and easy-to-wear piece is the peplum top.  What makes the peplum top so special is that depending on how it's styled, it can be casual or chic.  So far, I've already made two!  Let me introduce you to my first version:
I've been coveting a (faux) leather peplum top since I started seeing the fall garments make their debut back around July/August.
I used Vogue 8815, view A.  I had leftover faux leather from a couple of projects I'd done and knew I'd have to make one in this fabric!  I just love the juxtaposition of the leather and feminine silhouette.
The only alteration I had to make to the pattern was to add an inch of length at the waist.  And of course I didn't have quite enough of my leftover fabric to complete the project.  THIS is why I hate "scraps"... never, EVER enough to complete a project!  So I cut the upper back in a black ponteroma knit... also part of my "scrap" stash!  
Wearing:  top: Vogue 8815; shorts: Old Navy; sandals: DV by Dolce Vita 'Archer' Sandal; fedora: Forever 21; owl necklace: similar to THIS and THIS; purse: Urban Expressions; leopard print belt: similar to THIS.

48 comments:

  1. This is hot Erica! I saw this leather top on one of my favorite shows on BET and said, I have to have one! Love, love this top...

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  2. Fabulous. Great thinking on the fly to use the ponte roma for the upper back. I just would have thrown it in a bag in frustration. You're always so inspiring.

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    1. Kelly, it had to be a Tim Gunn "make it work" moment! Thanks!

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  3. Oh! I just ordered this pattern. I never would have thought of using leather. WOW! It looks amazing. I am looking forward to seeing your other version as well.

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  4. Love it. I have seen the knit/leather combo in retail lately. You look mahvelus!

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  5. I have been stalking this pattern since it came out. None of the stores will acknowledge its existence. I already have the fabric ear marked for this top. It looks great on you and I hope it will one day look great on me!

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    1. Serenity, I bought it during the last Joanns sale. Sometimes you have to hold the associates at scissor point and make them bring them from the back! LOL. Thanks!

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  6. I like the leather top over the shorts! I was expecting the knit back...so glad you were able to get this top made from scraps...that means it was free! :)

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    1. Carolyn, that's a great way to look at it! Thanks!

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  7. I like to use knit on the backs of tops for ease of wearing, so I'm sure doing so made your top much more comfortable. Happy accidents are a blessing. :o) I love, love, love your styling of the top...so classy...and that's not always the case when wearing leather!

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  8. How awesome that you made it! I did some sewing a few years ago but then now I have two babies and NO time. I miss it!

    Amy

    fashionandbeautyfinds.blogspot.com

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  9. Leather knit combo, ingenious. Looks better than if it was all leather. :)

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  10. I absolutely love this Erica!

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  11. FIERCE! and the ensemble is well put together:)

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  12. Thanks mumtahanah!

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  13. I love a peplum and have one on my sewing table right now. Glad to see this pattern sewn up. Great top!

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    1. Thanks Susiehomemakermd!

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  14. Great outfit and recently purchased New Look 6130 for the peplum top.

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  15. Thanks Sheila! I haven't seen the New Look. I'll have to add that to my list!

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  16. LOVE it! :) I mean really, REALLY love it Lady. This is going in my fav 5 for you.

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  17. Yes, peplum tops (and jackets) are my favorite for this style. Yours turned out great. Your daughter's dress is wonderful, too. I love the 60's-style waist tabs.

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  18. Really nice! I always look forward to your pictures even though I do not sew, and follow you on pinterest, I love love your style.
    Oh, and I have the same sandals :)

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    1. Thanks danysedai! Aren't those sandals great?

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  19. This is gorgeous! Love, the combination and fabrics of your top. You styled it well!

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  20. Great job, Erica! I tried this pattern but sadly it did not work on me. You're rocking it though.

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  21. Erica this top is great.... I wanted to make one in suede to match my tall suede boots for this coming fall... Now that I see the leather looks good I'm sure the suede will work too:)

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    1. Rae, I'm sure it'll look great in suede. Thanks!

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  22. I love it! Very on-trend. Do you have any suggestions for working in leather?

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  23. My suggestions are to use binder clips instead of pins; a teflon foot on your machine; a leather needle for real leather; a microtex needle for faux leather. And believe it or not, it can be pressed with a dry iron and a pressing cloth. Thanks Janice!

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  24. Love the leather with the animal print belt. Did you cut the back smaller, seeing as how you were using a knit?

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  25. No, Princess I didn't. But I just took it in at the center back.

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  26. I love this peplum top! I saw the white version first. I remember seeing a black leather one on Pinterest. Where did you get your black faux leather? It is lovely. Like how you used the black ponte knit for the back. Great save.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I bought it at Hancock last fall.

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  27. she did that! i love that pattern. i made it in black ponte knit with faux leather sleeves

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    1. Thanks Farrah. I made a dress with leather sleeves so I know your top is fabulous!

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