Thursday, June 26, 2014

Colette Moneta Peplum Top


I promise that soon I will find something else to make besides Monetas, but I'm on a roll and there ain't no stopping it, so I hope you won't be too bored by a few more posts.


Yesterday I was seized by the desire to make a peplum top. I have never worn a peplum before, I've never even tried one on in a store. No peplum has ever graced this bod. But I had this gingham print knit just lying there and I suddenly just couldn't imagine it as anything else.


I used the Moneta bodice but added 1.5" to the length. You could really use any knit bodice, whatever's your fave at the moment. And while any dress pattern can become peplum [just make the skirt super duper short], I didn't want to use the Moneta skirt since it was gathered. Being a peplum newbie that seemed like it would be too voluminous. So I drafted a hi-lo circle peplum. I'll be posting a tutorial on Monday for how to do that, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: Here's the promised tutorial.


I think that I like the peplum when I look at pictures, but maybe next time I'll do a higher hi or a lower lo? or both? Just to make it look more intentional.


Also I really felt like I was wearing an ice skating dress. Or I looked like a ballerina.

Clearly this was only in my imagination.


I lined the bodice but decided to forgo the collar, so I attached the lining to the neckline as well. I'll also be posting a tutorial for that sometime next week. Tuts galore!

UPDATE: Here's THAT promised tutorial.


The fabric I used is this one from Girl Charlee, and it's one of the fabrics that they print themselves in LA. I've gotten plenty of fabric from them that I've really enjoyed - another Moneta, a Plantain dress, and my Anima Pants are all Girl Charlee fabrics - but, while quite adorable, this one was kinda disappointing. It's a jersey but it has almost no stretch. Like none. It's really stiff and thin and is knit very off grain.

I actually did a Terrible Naughty Thing and folded based on the plaid print instead of the grain line, because if I'd folded on grain the plaid would have looked ridiculous. It actually worked out ok, maybe because it's stiff.

Like I said I've bought other things there that I love, and I window shop there obsessively and have to resist handing over all my money for stacks and stacks of beautiful fabric. I'm just trying to keep it real for the folks at home about this one. Maybe I just got a dud?


I kept feeling a strong urge to curtsy while wearing this.

Is it time to bring the curtsy back??



  1. I also bought one of the fabrics they print in LA (the navy blue with white polka dots) and was ver disappointed. It claimed to be 30% stretch, but was barely 10% when I tested it. It became super faded and worn looking after the first wash, and is developing holes in the seams now (which no other knit I've ever used has done). I too have bought a lot of knit from them, but I'm not impressed with the stuff they print. I hope your dress holds up ok!

  2. i bought that one too!! it was part of the same order...

  3. I made a tank dress with that same plaid fabric. Like you, I lined up with the plaid instead of the grain. And yes, no stretch. Thank you for being honest.

  4. Super cute! And well done on your pattern matching!! Thank you for the honest review. It is nice to see people be honest on their blogs instead of only talking about the positive. I too have have this issue with GC fabrics. I love the new bird print jersey, but can't get myself to buy it because I have not had good experiences.

  5. Love this top! And I may just have to do the same thing with some leftover navy chevron I have. Also, I'm dying over the print and completely endorse your decision to fold on the pattern instead of on the grain. I won't write you up to the sewing police!

  6. super super cute! perfect with skinny jeans i think! on my list :)

  7. oh my this is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!


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