Polka Dot Peplum

Pattern: my Peplum Top Tutorial
Fabric: gold polka dot jersey from sewing swap
Cost: swapped with The Quirky Peach

Last Monday was my birthday, and to celebrate I gave myself the afternoon/early evening off and made a birthday top! This was also the first time in more than a month that I had a chance to sew since the move, so it was a celebration indeed!

The fabric is a gold polka dot jersey I scored as part of Kestrel's sewing swap courtesy of The Quirky Peach. No sooner had I lifted it out of the package then I knew that it was destined for a special-occasion top, the sort of event that you need a special little sparkly something. What I love about this top is that it's still casual enough for day to day, but made me feel special enough at dinner on my birthday.

This is the same top I did for my Peplum Top Tutorial, but in a much lighter fabric. I lowered the waist line by a little, because it sat just a tad too high before. I also changed the peplum from a full circle to a 3/4 circle. For instructions on how to calculate the measurements of a 3/4 circle, check out Fickle Sense's tutorial. It puckers a little at the neckline (I made the binding too tight) and I think I could have lowered the waistline futher still, but I don't care because I'm just happy to be sewing again!

The whole thing took around 2 hours to make, which left plenty of time to curl my hair, do a quick photoshoot on my new patio, and walk to dinner. It was a fabulous day all around!

To see what Sally of The Quirky Peach made with the fabric I sent her, check it out!


  1. Happy birthday!! You're so cute in your new top, the fabric is so fun. Your plants look great too!

  2. Happy Birthday!!! What a cute peplum top to wear on your day.


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