OK, these stretch floral pants don’t exactly count for being basic but if I wore them with a black T shirt they might be, right?
The peplum top is a great basic. I’ll probably end up wearing it with jeans a lot.
The top is made from double knit I bought at Britex in San Francisco and the pants are made from stretch cotton woven from Mood in Los Angeles.
Since most home sewing machines don’t exactly do a great job of top stitching, mine included, a machine sewn hem always looks a little shoddy and “homemade” to me.
BTW, I need to tack down that neckline facing! Sewing things the old way takes more time but if you are interested in really getting good at sewing it’s worth it. I have a few sewing books printed from the 1940’s to the 1960’s that I like to consult. Get an old sewing book and you can’t go wrong!
Walk into any designer boutique and look at clothing from Chanel, Valentino, or Gucci. You most definitely will never see a machine sewn hem.
So I’m surprised patterns recommend this shortcut instead of doing a hem the right way, which is a blind hem or a catch stitched hem.
Just my two cents here, readers!
I used an exposed zipper on the back of the top. It’s a little hard to see but I like it!
I’m entering this outfit into the Project Sewn Sew Along Pool. The challenge is 80’s fashion. The peplum top and the floral pants were huge trends in the eighties. I know because I’m old enough that I actually wore both. I’ve heard the saying that “If you are old enough to have worn a trend the first time around you shouldn’t be wearing it again”. Well I say, go for it!