Thank heavens, I finally sewed something!

Oh hai! Apparently MMM really knocked me on my ass, because I’ve taken a surprise 3 weeks break from blogging AND sewing! It’s report-card season for us teachers, plus the end of the year exhaustion and getting sick… blah blah blah! Enough of that. Bring on the sewing! 

Hummingbird Peplum TeeMy first Hummingbird! I’m a total Sewing Cake fangirl, so of course I’m joining in on the sewalong for the new skirt and top. 

Hummingbird Peplum Tee

I used a nice, drapey cotton or rayon knit for my wearable muslin, figuring that I could mess up the fit and the print would hide all my sewing sins! Added bonus – it’s the kind of knit that doesn’t need hemming! (Seriously, I have no intention of ever hemming a peplum like this! So much easier to choose a fabric that won’t roll or unravel!)

Hummingbird Peplum Tee

Speaking of fitting sins… I second-guessed my measurements, and ended up with a loose waistband. I’m going to wash it once to see if that affects anything, then I’ll probably take in the side seams. I just don’t want to mess with my peplum if I don’t have to! :) 

Hummingbird Peplum TeeAs is, it’s super comfy, but has none of the hourglassy properties that a peplum should offer! 

All in all, I’m quite pleased! Here are the alterations I made/will make next time: 

  • Used a 40 front and a 35 back.
  • Used the 30 peplum with about 1cm of length added.
  • Did Steph’s neckline binding strategy, where one shoulder if left open. I thought I’d hate it, but it worked nicely!
  • Used 18” length, but then had to take out 1” off. 
  • Added 1cm to the sleeves so I could do a simple fold-over and stitch… but I think they are a bit long, so I may make the next one into more of a cap sleeve.
  • Leila from Three Dresses Project has convinced me that I need a forward shoulder adjustment, so I’ll try that on my next version!

Hummingbird Peplum TeeThis weekend I’m hoping for lots of sewing time – including another Hummingbird top and a crack at the skirt! I’ve also got some rather amazing presents lately from Sewcialists, which I can’t wait to blog about now that I’m back in the game! 

Happy sewing, everyone! 


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