Saturday, May 3, 2014

Riding Peplum Pattern by April Rhodes: A Review

I purchased the pdf version of the Riding Peplum and Party Dress by April Rhodes back when it came out toward the end of last year.  I originally planned to make this top to wear on New Year's with a cute cardigan or something.  As you can see, I am a little behind schedule!  Anyway, since this week was Selfish Sewing Week, I figured I would try and make it happen.  The great thing about this pattern is that it is only four pieces, plus some bias binding.  There are no zippers, buttons, etc. so it is perfect for beginners.  It also goes together rather quickly, so it is a great top to sew in a pinch. 
There are two darts in the front, which I did not alter.  They probably could have used some tweaking but well, I was too lazy.  Also, I used a quilting weight fabric for the top, specifically, Nanny Bee in Green from the Briar Rose Collection by Heather Ross.  The true color of the fabric is more like the first photo in the post, unfortunately my other photos were taken at night so my colors are off.
As you can see from the side and back views, the back is longer than the front and there are only darts in the front.  The bottom has a simple folded hem and the arm holes and neckline are finished using bias binding.  The garment is unlined.
Overall the Riding Peplum is a great pattern.  It is simple and easy to construct, and it goes together quickly.  The instructions are easy to follow with lots of color photos, and you have to love those!  The finished garment is quite comfortable as it is supposed to be a looser more relaxed fitting top.  I do really like the top but I am not totally sold on peplums in general for my body type.  Anyway, it is worth checking out for sure.  Now I just need to make her Staple Dress and I am set!

Thanks so much for stopping by and this post was linked up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Show It Off Saturday at Sew Can She.


  1. That turned out wonderful! What a great top. Makes me want to sew one!

  2. So this just goes over your head even in cotton? I ordered the patter, but I'm thinking a blue art gallery print. It looks cute on you.

  3. Not something I could EVER pull off but this is a super super cute top!

  4. This is lovely! You're totally rocking this top!