I am very delighted to present to you this matching coordinate peplum and shorts with a sash. I used about 3.5 yards to make this beautiful outfit in celebration of me. Please do enjoy this pattern review.
Size range: This pattern comes grouped in sizes 6-8-10-12-14 or 16-18-20-22-24. You also have the option to purchase the printable version of this pattern. Size 24 ranges up to a 46″ bust, 39″ waist and 48″ hip.
What size did you make?
I made a size 18 top, a size 24 shorts, and a sash. For my newbies, pattern sizes are based on your body measurements. These sizes are not my retail store size.
What are your measurements, height, and body type?
My measurements are 44” bust, 39” waist and 55” hips. I am 5’7” tall with an hour glass very curvy shape. My bra size is 38 H in Lane Bryant’s Cacique Balconette Bras, which I must say is my favorite bra to wear.
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
I did make some adjustments to the waist and hips of the shorts; my waist and hip ratio is quite curvy. I added 2”to the width of my hips and tightened the darts evenly around the shorts, removing 1” off the waist.
If I did not do this, then the shorts would not hug my hips or my waist correctly. They fit perfectly, except I wish I had added 2” to the top length of the waist to make the shorts high waist.
The top part of the back the shorts (the waist) is not as high as I would like, so I’ll make sure the top stays down. I may also wear a camisole underneath.
I also added 3″ to the length of the shorts to cover my knees. It did not take long to make these adjustments I added the extra inches while cutting the fabric.
What fabric did you use?
I used an African printed fabric known as records because of the shape of records on the fabric. I love this materials, it is fun, vibrant, and so me.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
The construction process of this pattern was easy. The instructions were simple to follow and made sense. I did not need to look up anything online or wander off from the instructions, which is a good thing because I am an advanced beginner.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?
I love the pattern fit. For my body type you will have to make adjustments to get it to be the exact fit. I am a peplum lover and anything peplum I love, even if I have to make adjustments.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
I will make this pattern again with a higher waist. I will also like to make the cropped pants as well.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers?
The advice that I would give other sewers is this is a fun pattern to make and the end results are cute. If you have hips like me, then use a curved ruler to adjust the pattern. I learned the hard way. It took me about 7 hours to make this outfit from cutting the pattern pieces to my finishing touch.
Pattern Rating: (1 is the lowest score, 5 the highest)
Size Range: 4
Construction Process: 5
Final Fit: 4
Overall Rating: 4.5
This a great pattern to add to your collection as a curvy lady. It’s all about figuring out what works for your unique body, and what accentuates your every curve. Sew what makes you feel beautiful and accept nothing less. This pattern does just that for me. It shows off what needs to be seen.
Until next time,