I put heavy expectations on this one cut of fabric that’d been in my stash for too long. You know the one: it’s pretty and special and you want the perfect thing for it and the longer you look at it the higher the stakes become.
I wanted something businessy enough for the office, casual enough I would wear it everywhere else. I was sorely tempted to hack Peppermint Magazine’s Peplum Top into a dress, but it would be too casual, too balloony, too sleeveless.
What followed was a long, indecisive story full of false leads, boring twists, humdrum turns. Highlights include an ill-advised pattern purchase which I don’t want to talk about because there’s nothing wrong with the design, it just wasn’t me and I don’t know what I was thinking. I stuck with it long enough to make an ugly muslin of said pattern out of terrible, cheap fake satin from Big Box Store.
Overwhelmed by my lack of ability to make a decision that wasn’t horribly misguided I finally did a thing just to get this fabric made into something and out of my head.
I made the Peppermint Magazine’s Peplum Top into a dress.
Pattern: Peplum Top by Peppermint Magazine
Mod: cut a longer square to turn the ruffle into a skirt
Size: C? Maybe D? I’ll try to remember to check my pattern pieces.
Fabric: unavailable voile from La Mercerie
I could be 9 months pregnant in this thing and you wouldn’t know it.
It’s just what I wanted.
Even though I can’t wear it to work without covering up more.
I think it’s what the fabric wanted, too.
Even if it’s a little stiff.
And it turns out I wouldn’t have had enough fabric for sleeves, anyways. I could have saved myself a lot of waffling if I’d considered that first.