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penelope peplum sewn by craftiness is not optional

penelope peplum sewn by craftiness is not optional

My good friend Kate just came out with her first womens pattern, the Penelope Peplum. (aside: best pattern name EVER) and it is awesome! A quick sew, cute and flattering, and comes together perfectly. I sewed up a large but I think if I make it again I’ll do a medium. I used elastic thread in the bobbin when sewing the peplum to the top of the shirt and that worked well. Another fabulous pattern from a fabulous lady!

penelope peplum sewn by craftiness is not optional

I used some great teal and white striped jersey from Girl Charlee-(which I can’t find on their site-the good stuff goes fast over there!)

It worked well but was on the thin side. Very comfy to wear though!

penelope peplum sewn by craftiness is not optional


  1. you look amazing jess. Seriously amazing. such a cute top and great colors on you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • thanks Anna! I struggled with how I felt about these photos, actually…so that’s really nice to hear! You are so sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You really do look amazing! hmm, I’m going to try out elastic thread next time I sew this.

  3. Anna is right! you look so good in these photos!!! and this is such a lovely top!

  4. Love it Jess, great posing too! I’ve just been checking it out on Kate’s Blog, love this pattern. I am going to have to splurge!

  5. oh you look so pretty, jess!! no struggle needed, the top looks great. your hair is especially va va voom in these, too. *dancing lady emoji*

  6. I agree with the other comments, you look amazing! I love the top, I’ve been wanting to make a peplum top but hadn’t found a good pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  7. these are great photos! thanks for the nice review, you’re awesome jess!

  8. I love this! Looks comfy but dressy at the same time. Would this be a good beginner project? I’m a novice at sewing.

  9. lovely top, even lovelier pics…profile worthy ๐Ÿ˜‰ hint

  10. You look so pretty!!!!

    Does the pattern only use elastic thread in the bobbin for attaching the peplum or does it have alternate construction? Your top really makes me want to purchase this pattern!!!

  11. The shirt is great, but I LOVE your necklace!!

    Faithful reader here, despite the fact that I can’t sew. The last time I used a sewing machine, I sewed through my finger/nail. Traumatic. I wish I could, which is why I follow ๐Ÿ™‚ And because your girls are darling!

  12. Oh, I like this so much!

  13. So cute Jess!

  14. I agree. No need to struggle! You’re a babe and this top is super cute!

  15. I love a good peplum… this one looks really comfortable! Love the color, and it looks great on you! =)

  16. This turned out really well! I love how flattering this top is on everyone who has made one.

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