The always lovely Kate from See Kate Sew has come out with a new women’s pattern called the Penelope Peplum.
Maybe you’ve already heard of it? It’s sort of taking sewing blogland by storm because well…it’s so pretty!
And super comfy.
I love it!
So…you might be wondering by now: Peplum? Looks like a dress. And you’re right! Kate just released an extension pattern that includes a gathered dress option, a circle skirt dress option, and a circle skirt peplum option.
I chose the gathered dress option.
The original peplum pattern also has more options to add to the option party as well. Option, option, I’m saying option a lot. haaa.
There are three different sleeve types and an optional bow. So, you can really shake things up and make a lot of different variations.
My favorite sleeve length for almost any season is the half sleeve. I think it is such a flattering cut on almost everyone and it goes great with this dress.
I used this super amazing, lovely Black Cream Diamond Ponte de Roma knit from Girl Charlee (sponsor). I think using Ponte de Roma has spoiled me. I don’t know if I can use another type of knit again. Okay, I can, but I will always be pining for more Ponte. I love it so.
It is a thicker knit, with great recovery, and it’s nice and smooth. It doesn’t curl when you cut it and it sews and wears GREAT. It is really worth the extra couple bucks. You can find it in the specialty knits section HERE.
I sewed up a size XS and it fits like a glove. Now…I wouldn’t normally buy an XS T-shirt or dress at the store, and this is where the magic of sewing comes in. When we go to the store, we don’t know what sizing chart each designer and manufacturer is using. I’m a size small in some brands and a size medium in others. And some brands…just fit me odd in all sizes, which is fine because all bodies are different, but it can make shopping frustrating.
The great thing about sewing is that you use your measurements to find your size, not the other way around. You can then even tweak the pattern if you’re in between sizes, to make it work for you. Just remember to check the measurements chart! Don’t sew from your typical department store size or might end up with a very different result. Trust the pattern designer.
Oh yes, this pattern doesn’t require a serger! I only used it on the waist and I didn’t really need to. I used a stretch stitch on everything except for the neckline and the skirt hem.
The reason I didn’t use one for the neckline is because I actually started to and it started to distort the fabric. I probably could have pulled out my walking foot, but I just switched to a lengthened straight stitch. Worked like a charm, and I haven’t been busting threads pulling it over my head, like I was worried I would.
Speaking of necklines, I totally didn’t finish the facing raw edge like the pattern told me to. But with Ponte…it just didn’t seem necessary. I did however tack down the facing, like Kate recommends. That was important. Otherwise, I had to keep fighting with it to make sure it stayed on the inside of the dress.
As for the skirt, the only thing I changed was that I added some elastic to it as I sewed it to the bodice. This is because the Ponte de Roma is a little heavier than most knits, so I felt it needed some help.
I took 1/2 inch knit elastic and I cut it almost exactly the width of the bodice. I overlapped it (so it would end up slightly smaller than the bodice width) as I laid it on top of the bodice side of the seam. I serged everything place, stretching the elastic a little bit as I went, and then sewed with a zig zag stitch all the way around after that, to strengthen the seam.
My husband is such a trooper. My camera remote’s batteries started to peter out, so he stepped in to take these shots for me after work…while I shivered like crazy! ha! Don’t let how I styled this dress fool you. It is below freezing in this picture. 🙂 The things I’ll do to get the picture I want with decent light! And the light was only so so, because we had to work fast before the sun went down.
Boy…I usually enjoy Winter, but lately I have been dreaming about Summer… When I have five more hours of sunlight everyday, and I can pair this dress with my gold gladiator sandals and frolick in the warmth…okay, maybe not frolicking … 😉
An upside, is I can wear blazers to my hearts content right now. I bought my first blazer last month when I turned 30. I thought it was about time I let my wardrobe grow up. And now…I have three. I can see a blazer addiction forming…. 🙂
Check out the Penelope Peplum Pattern by See Kate Sew Patterns HERE.
She also has a little girl version called the Pippa Peplem (seriously so cute!) HERE.
Disclaimer: I am a part of the Penelope Peplum pattern tour and I received this pattern for free. My opinions are honest and my own. Oh, and the blazer is from H&M. 😀
i absolutely love this dress. I’m not super into the peplum look, but the dress is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thanks Lynette! 🙂
Erin || Sewbon.com says
Love the dress! So gorgeous! I have my peplum top all cut out… just need to find some time to sew it up!
Yes, yes, you must! It was a lot quicker sew than I thought it would be. I’m excited to see yours! 🙂
Super cute outfit and styling Delia! Thank you so much!
Thanks for letting me be apart of the tour! 🙂
This is the first version that I think I would actually like to wear, the waist on others doesn’t look like it would fit me right. VERY cute! I’ve gotta check out that knit!
Thanks! You will not regret it! I’m definitely in the Ponte de Roma fan club now. 🙂
Lindsay Wilkes - The Cottage Mama says
I think you might be one of the prettiest bloggers around! I absolutely adore this. The fabric, the styling…….it just looks so you. And the fit is phenomenal. Beautiful job!!
aww.. thanks Lindsay! I don’t feel deserving of that comment but thank you for your kindness in saying that. 🙂
Love it! And love the blazer too – what brand is it?
Thanks Vicky! H&M. 🙂
You did a fabulous job on this, Delia! It could not be more flattering. 🙂
Laurie P. says
This dress is absolutely gorgeous! I sew a lot, but haven’t made anything for myself for a long time….I think I just got the inspiration. I have never used knit elastic before, thanks for the tips and great pictures. I wouldn’t thought of using Aztec for such a classic dress but it really works. Now to get some ponte and get busy.
I LOVE your fabric and dress! So pretty!
You look absolutely lovely! 🙂 What a cute dress and the pattern on that fabric is so cool!
Oh my goodness I love love this so much Delia!!! You are just so stunning and the dress is fab on so many levels. Love it!
a touch of domesticity says
Oh heaven. You look lovely in it! Now, I’ve sewn a lot of home furnishings and quilts but never clothing… this has really tempted me to start but I’m guessing it’s not for a beginner? I wonder what I should start with if I want to end up sewing something as gorgeous as this?
Thank you! This is actually a great pattern to start with…if you already know how to sew, which it sounds like you do. Make sure to get a ball point needle, and a nice thick knit (thinner knits take more skill and patience) and you should do well! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this cute pattern! I’m in love with the fabric you chose amd will be heading over to buy some of my own after I post this comment. 😉
I just discovered your blog and I have to say I love your writing style! This will definitely be on my blog reading list from now on. Keep up the great work! 😀
Aw thanks Stephanie! 😉
OH my…seriously, I don’t even want to blog mine after seeing yours! So awesome! I want that one!!!! You are so stunningly gorgeous girl! I’m dying over these shots of you! So pretty!
Oh stop! You are such a beauty and will ROCK it!
marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings says
It’s just stunning. Love the pattern love the fabric choice it looks so good on you! Definitely on my post baby to make list!
Thank you Marissa!
Jess Abbott says
This dress is AMAZING Delia!!!!!! I am so in love with it!
Thanks Jess! 🙂
Gorgeous lady!! Looks great!
Thank you Andrea!
Great fabric, adorable dress, gorgeous lady.
Why thanks Stacey. 🙂
Wow! Looks amazing, Delia!
Thank you Heidi!
I love this! It looks really pretty on you, and I’m really impressed with how well it fits. The Ponte de Roma selection has really increased at Girl Charlee since last I checked…. I definitely want to try some of it!
I know! Much improved selection now. 😉 Thank you Charity!
Olga Becker says
You look so beautiful! The fit is awesome.
Thank you so much Olga. 🙂
I haven’t like a dress as much as this one for a long time…and haven’t made any either for that reason…looks like it’s now time…thank you for introducing such a lovely dress…definitely on my “to do” list…(also looks like one my daughter would like as well…)
What a compliment. Thank you Eva! Happy sewing!
Wow Delia! That is really pretty on you! The fit is perfect too.
Thank you Justine!
Perfection! I love this so so much, Delia!! You look beautiful in it too.
Thank you Jen. 🙂
Cirque Du Bebe says
Too fabulous. You and it look amazing!
Thank you so much!
Erin Keith says
Oh dag-gone it Delia! I was trying to ignore this pattern, even though it is super adorable, b/c I really need to sew through the patterns I’ve been buying but putting aside since the Christmas crunch. But after I glanced through these pictures I remembered that I have a really similar ponte de roma from GC, in the black tribal!! Does it bother you that we all don’t want to make a dress like yours, but we want your exact dress?! 🙂
I’ve never sewn for myself before… and I know I’m supposed to be gearing up for KCW, but…
haha… not at all! how fun that you have the same fabric! You must! 🙂 but no pressure or anything. ha. 😉
I love your dress! I purchased this pattern before Christmas when Kate was having a sale, but haven’t had a chance to try it. I didn’t realize she released an extension pack! After seeing your dress I will definitely be purchasing it!
Thank you! Yes! I love the dress versions the most…personally. Happy sewing!
Amy Anderson says
I have been following you for quite sometime now, I just never post comments…I’m one of THOSE people. Ha ha. Do you remember me from Kids Club? First, I just love your blog… So creative & inspirational! Second, since I am NOT a seamstress at all, can I pay you $$ to make a dress like this for ME?? Since we do live in the same valley, after all. 😉 I just love the fit (and of course, the modesty) of this dress! And you rock it!
Thanks Amy! Yes, I do remember you. I wish I could sew it for you but I moved out of the valley. 🙁 Thanks for your sweet comment though. Do you know someone who sews, who would sew it for you?
This is amazing. I have the penny peplum for my daughter and didn’t think that I would get much use out of the adult top since I think I’m to ‘hippy’ for peplums but this dress version has me dying for it.
Thanks! I hear ya on that. I am pear shaped and the peplum length has to hit just right on me or it looks weird. The dress version is definitely my favorite easy solution for that. 😉
abby @ thingsforboys says
The extension pack is such a great idea. Makes for a very versatile pattern!
Delia you are gorgeous! A peplum top doesn’t really flatter my body type (especially not now, HA) but this dress version is gorgeous and I want to steal it from your closet! Great print and I love ponte knit too; you described it perfectly. But really. You’re so pretty.
Aww…thanks girl. Best compliment of the day because it came from you! 🙂
This is definitely my favorite version of this pattern!!
kirstin @ kojo says
SO CUTE. Love everything about this- the fabulous knit pattern, the outfit, PENELOPE, you, Kate. Love. 🙂
thank you friend! 🙂
Irene Erickson says
Beautiful!!! I have been sewing children’s clothing and have been thinking of a project for me. This looks like my inspiration! I purchased the patterns already but I was wondering if you took some of the fullness out of the skirt. It doesn’t seem as full as the photos for the pattern.
I didn’t, but I wonder if by adding elastic to the waist it gave that illusion?
Oh my gosh, I love it Delia! What a perfect print for this dress on you!
Thank you Caila! 🙂
What a great version of this pattern! I’m not sure how flattering the peplum will be on me since I’m pear shaped but the dress is lovely. Excellent pattern placement by the way – it makes the already flattering dress look so ‘designer’!
I am pear shaped too, so I understand your woes. Thank you for the awesome compliment! 🙂
That is beautiful!!! WOW!
Aspen @ little green orchids says
Delia this is just gorgeous! I’m brand new to sewing clothing (I’ve learned from sewing blogs!) and just love your site. I gotta say, you planned out the cutting of your bodice like a BOSS. I thought at first glance that you had cut out separate pieces for the shoulders, then the bust area, and then the area under the bust, but now I see that the print just changes direction and you placed it all just perfectly. It really adds to the super flattering silhouette. Just wowza. I wasn’t even going to consider trying this pattern just because my body shape looks awful in peplum tops but this dress is making me reconsider. 🙂
You are so sweet! Thank you! 🙂 That fabric and pattern is forgiving and wonderful in so many ways. Really…I so recommend it! 🙂
I’m from Russia. Looking for insperation for sewing. Your blog-is cool and I finally start create clothes for myself,not only for my lovely son and baby-girl.
This dress-is sooo cute,and I hope I can sew it without pattern;-)
Tell me,please, what fabric can I buy for this dress?
Sorry for my English-i haven’t practice years…
Wow! So pretty!
Love the dress version! How much fabric did you use for the dress?
.22 ammo for sale says
This paragraph wll assist the internet visitors for
creating new webpawge or even a weblog from start to
my blog post :: .22 ammo for sale
Que lindo!! Ojala yo cosiera así de bien.. (y bueno ojala a mi me quedara tan bien como a ti este vestido claro.. ) Me encanta como queda con la blazer!
Thank you so much!