Monday, February 29, 2016

January Peplum

Gosh, I miss designing girls clothing and creating the January Peplum has given me the chance to get back into what I started Cali Faye Collection to do.  

I worked through several drafts and fabrics to finally settle on the specific characteristics that make this top unique and special in its own way.

I'm a team player for the Hi-Lo hemline on any top which is taken up a notch with the gathered skirt piece.  It gives this top a really cute silhouette which I love on little gals.  

The sleeve is a great casual length which is intended to fall right at the elbow which makes it perfect for all seasons.  

The January Peplum pictured above was created with a light weight cotton with a knit lace shoulder accessory piece.  I've got a ton of you asking about this fabric and let me just tell you...I'm in love with it too and a new super fan of Dear Stella Designs.  This specific fabric is from last years collection they had released but there is still a bit more of it waiting for you to snatch it up at <-click to get 

The January Peplum is great is a multitude of fabrics. Other options to consider are rayon challis, suiting, voile, crepe, silk, sateen, poplin, cordurouy, double gauze, seersucker, linen, lace and any knit with very light stretch that you just have to get your hands on!

The peplum pictured below was created with a Robert Kaufman herringbone flannel with a corduroy shoulder accessory piece.  Maybe you recognize the corduroy from a certain pair of Hampshire Trousers.  Love this stuff!

The high collar line it actually the highest neckline I think I've come out with at this point, and in general I'm noticing that is where my taste is heading at this point in my journey with CFC.  A high neckline is a no go with wovens on little kids though, but no worries.  I've thrown in a invisible zip closure on the back bodice which helps with getting the top on and off.   

The January Peplum is rated beginner/intermediate.  Those of you new to sewing should go into a project like this knowing that you'll most likely be challenged and learn a few new tricks to add to your repertoire.  And if your a novice, then you can go into this knowing you're going to rock this design!  

So. Let's check out the testers!

I've had a fantastic group of gals who have been thoroughly enthusiastic in helping me get this design through testing and released!  I'm pretty sure that I even sent one of them the design and nearly an hour later she had finished her draft muslin!  -Mind BLOWN-

Here are some of the gals who made it all possible! 

Note- Kim decided to lengthen the bodice and the bodice skirt with the lengthening provisions provided in the tutorial.  We are big fans!



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