Monthly Archives: October 2013

Yep, It’s Peplum (Vogue 8815)

Image In the three years since the peplum trend made its big comeback, two camps have emerged: You’re either for it or against it. ImageFor my part, I’ve never met a peplum I didn’t love — especially vintage 1940s peplum suits and retro-inspired numbers.

Vogue 8815 in polyester double knit, is a thoroughly modern — and fairly subtle — take on the waist-accentuating ruffle. How cute is it paired with a pair of skinnies and tall boots for a casual look? I shortened the above-peplum bodice length so that this would hit at a flattering spot on my hip (Hint: Not its widest point) and swapped in an invisible zipper in the back.


Very Berry (McCall’s 6162)


Oxblood was the color of the season last fall. Even a year later, this broody berry (or moody maroon, if you please) is the perfect match for the changing colors of the leaves.


This wine double knit has been awaiting the right time and pattern to make its debut. Enter McCall’s 6162. I love the lined bodice, the just-below-the-knee length (hello, attractive calves!) and of course those fashion-forward armhole bands. The original pattern called for a back zip, but I omitted it. The knit was stretchy enough for pullover ease.