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.

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Very Berry (McCall’s 6162)

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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.

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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.