Peplum Top and Trousers

You know when you see an outfit and think I HAVE to recreate this?  Well, that was my thought when I pinned this outfit.  After, Mood Fabrics contacted me to be part of the Mood Sewing Network, I knew this was the outfit I wanted to make for my debut outfit.

 

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

I have had red skinny jeans in my wardrobe for a year now but knew a wide leg trouser style would be a perfect addition.  I perfected the fit on Burda  7447 pants and widened the legs  from the knee down for more of a wide leg  look. This Burda pattern has all the elements of a great trouser, welt pockets, front pockets, wide waistband and belt loops, it seemed like a natural choice for my red pants.

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

Once you get past the welt pockets on the back of the trousers, these pants go together very quickly. I selected Lipstick Red Italian Cotton Suiting for the trousers.  This fabric is the perfect weight and drape for the pants.

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

One fact that helped me with the welt pockets, was to baste the stitching lines of the welt pocket on both back pieces.  This helps to keep your stitching consistent on each back piece and your welt pockets look the same!

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

For the peplum top the natural choice was Vogue 8815, a very popular pattern in the blogosphere for the very trendy peplum top.  I did add 1″ to the bodice of the top, it looked very short on the pattern envelope.  For the peplum top, I selected a ponte knit.  Mood had the perfect shade in the  Dark Navy Ponte to complete my inspiration picture.  I did want to add a little something extra  to the back of the peplum top and an exposed zipper seemed to be the perfect addition.

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

You know when you have on an outfit and it just makes you feel great?  Well, this outfit does that for me, in my mind I stand a little straighter, have a confidence in my stride and a smile on my face.  It is that perfect combination of the right fabric and pattern to achieve “the look”.  My garments turned out just like the picture I found on the internet and the picture I had in my head, gotta love that.  These pieces look amazing together but will work independently as well.  Oh, happy days!

I think my  outfit looks great here on the farm in Missouri:

 

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

and it looks really good attending a baby shower for my daughter:

Ponte knit top and italian cotton pants

Yes, I am one excited first-time “nana”!

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Comments


  • Nola
    February 6, 2013

    Beautiful! Love the choice of fabrics and the red zip.

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks so much, Nola. The zipper really adds to the top.

  • Nola Nola
    February 6, 2013

    Beuatiful! Great fabric choices and love that red zip.

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      thank you, it is amazing what a little pop of color does to a garment.

  • oonaballoona
    February 6, 2013

    those pants are the BOMB. i don’t know how you ever saw past the envelope!

    this outfit is just killer.

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks so much, I saw these pants made by another blogger and they looks so great, I had to try the pattern.

  • Carolyn
    February 6, 2013

    What a great outfit! Love how you made the pants your own!

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn. This will probably be the first of many pants from this pattern.

  • Lynne
    February 6, 2013

    Lori, I LOVE your whole outfit! You look fabulous and those pants are just the best! Top is cute with that exposed contrast zipper. Snazzy!

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks so much, Lynne, I am so thrilled on the results.

  • Katie
    February 6, 2013

    Gorgeous, Lori!! I love the whole outfit! The zip is a great addition.

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Katie.

  • Lauren
    February 6, 2013

    Ooh, your pants are lovely! Confession – I have red pants up in my to-sew list, too! I just bought the fabric, but now I’m thinking I should have got the stuff you did. Oh well! They look fabulous with your navy top – and good job on that red exposed zipper, it really pulls the whole thing together! I’m really loving the preppy/nautical look for Spring :)

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren, the fabric is fabulous. Now to hope spring is coming to the Midwest soon!

  • Erica B
    February 6, 2013

    I love this look Lori. I hope you get a lot of wear out of both pieces.

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Erica. I think they will be good pieces to my wardrobe.

  • Carol Trail
    February 6, 2013

    Lori, I love the outfit. I’m pretty new to sewing. I’m definitely not a skinny legged pants type of gal, so these pants would be perfect. Is adjusting the pants to fit, and the leg width adjustment difficult?

    Carol

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Carol. On the subject of pants fitting, there are several good books to help along the way. There is one called Pants for Real People or just search pant fitting tips. For the width, I just used a pattern I had with the wide leg (Sewaholic’s Thurlow pattern), traced that wide leg and made it wider from the knee down. Thanks again and good luck sewing.

  • Amanda S.
    February 6, 2013

    Great outfit, Lori!

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda

  • Hazel
    February 6, 2013

    I love this look! I’m just about to make trousers and yours have totally inspired me! I also love that you put the red exposed zip on the top, really brings it all together :)

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks, Hazel, have fun making your trousers.

  • gMarie
    February 6, 2013

    Lori! What a wonderful outfit. You sparkle in it. Love those pants and the top ~ wow! g

    • Lori
      February 6, 2013

      Thank you, gMarie. I love my outfit!

  • Velosewer
    February 6, 2013

    You’re looking stylish Lori.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 6, 2013

    Lori,
    That outfit looks good on the farm, good at a baby shower and frankly good anywhere! I love the contrasting red zipper in your top!

    • Lori
      February 7, 2013

      Thank you Sarah.

  • Cissie
    February 7, 2013

    Love the outfit, Lori. Zipper is a fun touch. Oh, and congrats on becoming a grandmother soon! Most fun you will ever have, I promise

    • Lori
      February 7, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie, I am so happy I added the zipper. I can’t wait for that little boy to be born and so many people have said it is the best! Thanks again

  • Ginger
    February 8, 2013

    What a great outfit! It’s so chic, but also fun! Great job! And congrats on the upcoming grandbaby!

    • Lori
      February 8, 2013

      Thank you, Ginger. You are right – chic and fun, like that.

  • Amy
    February 9, 2013

    Great outfit, Lori! I am so impressed you started yourself off here at MSN with two pieces – gorgeous red pants and an on-trend top. Bravo! So happy to have you as part of the group!

    • Lori
      February 10, 2013

      Thank you, Amy, so happy to be here.

  • Jessie
    February 9, 2013

    Designer look!! Excellent, and a great fit too. Well done.

    • Lori
      February 10, 2013

      Thank you, Jessie