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« on: February 13, 2014 07:34:17 AM »

Most of my sewing life, I've been limited by needing a particular look, or not having time, or other factors. But now I'm making a top and I'm not limited by anything and I have no idea what to do.

It's going to be a princess-seamed top with a peplum (because I still loves 'em), in a shiny/sparkly yellow fabric that matches a plain circle skirt I made previously.

I can't even decide how to do the peplum. Obviously a short circle skirt would be easiest and would make the drape of the peplum match the skirt, but I could also add gores, extend the bodice pieces out into a skirt, do a long ruffle. Then there's the choice to interface, and how.

I've been making sketch after sketch and all I've really come to realize is that I suck at drawing.

I know I don't want it too complicated, but at the same time I want to do ALL the design elements!!

Then there's finishing, line the whole thing? flat fell the seams? facings? interfacings?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014 11:16:47 AM »

I would suggest that you start with your favorite ideas and make them up in an inexpensive fabric, then see where you want to go from there.

seaming can depend on the type of fabric you're using.  I'd go with plain seams and no lining for most fabrics, but if the fabric is scratchy or frays easily, lining and/or french seams might be a good idea.

last time I did a princess seamed peplum top, I extended the bodice pieces into the peplum, and added gores to create a box pleat at each seam.  I like it, and would do it again.

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