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Recently Knitpop, one of my favorite online fabric shops, sent me two yards of a gorgeous black and white, double brushed poly (DBP). (Knitpop is totally awesome like that!) I’ve worked with DBP before, but this particular fabric was the softest I’ve ever touched. If you’re unfamiliar with DBP, it’s a knit, polyester fabric that has been brushed on both sides so that it’s nice and soft. The most difficult thing about working with this particular fabric was deciding what to make!
The Adventure of Pattern Mashing
I’ve seen a lot of cute top patterns lately with a circle skirt peplum. I don’t own any and am trying to use patterns I already own — so I decided to mash two patterns in my stash to make my own circle skirt peplum!
Whenever I mash two patterns or modify a pattern in some significant way, I always feel a mix of anxiety and adventure. I may either be wasting my time on a project that will be a colossal flop, or I may discover a new top favorite sewing project.
This peplum top is definitely one of my favorites! It goes great with jeans or paired with a pencil skirt. The DBP was a great choice and is super comfy.
Elise, Meet Twirly Girl
Halla’s Elise Top was among several patterns I considered using for this fabric. I was slightly hesitant about using this particular pattern because my previous attempt at it is still hanging in my closet — unwearable. I decided to try again as DBP seemed a better fabric choice than the rayon spandex I’d used before.
I already had Halla’s Twirly Girl Skirt pattern printed out, I decided to use it for this project. Using the peplum length of the original Elise skirt as a guide, I shortened the twirly girl and cut it on the double fold so I would have a full circle skirt with no seams.
Pattern Mash Tip: If you are combining an a-line or circle skirt with a top, measure the waist of both the skirt and the bodice waistline to make sure they will match up. If it’s a gathered skirt — you’re good to go!
Because I was working with plaid, I was very careful to match the pattern and line everything up. Wash Away Wonder Tape is my new favorite tool to make sure my stripes and plaid are matched up at the seams when I sew!
Elise Tip: Make sure your collar/neckline lies flat before you sew it — this may mean not folding the collar down as far. If it’s not flat, it will twist and do all manner of weird things that will drive you crazy after it’s made … ask me how I know. 😀 I like to use Wash Away Wonder Tape to keep it in place once folded.
The result? A stylish, nursing friendly top that is flattering and oh so comfy!
Thank you, Knitpop for the beautiful fabric! If you’re looking for a fabric shop that carries quality fabric and ships crazy fast … Check out Knitpop.
Have you ever done a pattern mash? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!