Peplum cat top

When I saw the call go up for the Sahara top in the Bella Sunshine Designs group, I wanted to try it out. Knit/jersey/stretch fabrics are not my forte, but I know my kids like wearing them.



I have had some large scraps of cotton lycra left over from making myself some long sleeved t-shirts a year or so ago and I always planned to make some matching tops for Layla. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.



I printed off the pattern, and as is customary with BSD, I blended sizes for skinny Layla, so an age 5 chest, age 3 waist and age 6 height.



Then I cut the pattern without much thought. I got to the last piece to cut from my cat fabric and realised I didn't have enough to do the main back piece on the fold, I could have cried! So I ended up having a seam down my centre back. It's too bad I didn't check before cutting, because I could have hidden that seam in the back lining (which is marginally smaller than the main piece).



So, after my cutting disaster, I pieced my fabric together on my sewing machine. The pattern suggests you use a sewing machine rather than an overlocker to reduce seam bulk as this is a fully lined bodice. I did use the overlocker to finish the bodice/skirt seam though, because that was so much quicker than zig-zagging on the sewing machine!



The end result is a super cute cat top with a full circle peplum which Layla loves to twirl in! The pattern has a big combination of options available: sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves. Then it can be a top, tunic or dress length too! It goes from 6months to 12 years of age, so I think we'll get a lot of use out of it. You can get the pattern on the Bella Sunshine Designs webshop.

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