Don’t you just hate those people who buy a present for someone then think: “Mm, this is nice! I’ll keep it.” I’m not at all like those people.
😳 I’m a little bit like those people.
Having decided that the bundle of Prima Patterns was not for me, I then became increasingly enamoured of the Peplum Dress. So I made it! Not bad, huh? Luckily for our giveaway winner – picked out of the Cossack hat by my lovely, little assistant Connie – the pattern is perfectly intact and soon to be dispatched, along with the others, to Jan in the Netherlands. Congratulations, Jan! I’ve emailed you for your postal address.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this: my first Prima pattern. The nine pattern pieces were generously spaced and blissfully easy to trace – nothing like the Burda magazine or Akiko Mano eye-smarting nightmare of a dozen intersecting designs on the same sheet. The paper is fairly robust too. Next time at the newsagent, I shall look out for Prima magazine.
As for the making of the dress, it was a straight-forward size 12 with a lot of the upper back taken in. I also shortened the bodice, being a few centimetres below the 168cm height that the dress is designed for. I would have liked to have seen finished garment measurements: the only one provided was the back dress length.
The fabric is a spring-friendly linen from the stash. The checked lines gave me some pause for thought (never again will I race into something like this!) and I took the decision to turn the peplum on the bias as I thought vertical stripes might have looked a bit apron-like.
Not perfect but I like and will wear a lot.