Simplicity 1425: Geometric Peplum Top

I’ve been wanting a peplum top for a few years now, but I never found that I liked that was in my budget. I’m kind of really cheap when it comes to buying clothes. I really don’t like spending more than $10 for a shirt (and I hate buying low-quality clothing). So I shop end of season sales where everything is really cheap. And for that reason, I have not come across a really cheap peplum top. 🙂

So I was really excited to try sewing Simplicity 1425 because now I could just make myself an affordable peplum top. I got the pattern on sale for $.99 when Hobby Lobby had Simplicity patterns on sale. Then I found some cute geometric blue & green stretch cotton fabric on clearance at Jo-Ann. And I was ready to sew my own peplum shirt.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about the Simplicity 1425 pattern. I loved some things about this pattern. Then there were other parts that I didn’t quite like. So let’s start with the things that I liked about this pattern.  I really liked the front of this shirt. I loved the cute cap sleeves and the pleated peplum bottom. I also liked that I was able to learn some new sewing techniques. This shirt has princess seams and this was my first time sewing princess seams. I also learned how to sew pleats while making this shirt.


Simplicity 1425

Now for the things that I didn’t quite like about the Simplicity 1425 pattern. The back of the shirt closes with three buttons. However, the pattern calls for you to make loops for the buttons versus button holes. I had a really hard time getting the buttons sewn into the right place.  So that the back of the shirt closes the right way without any gaps. I’ve sewn the buttons on over and over again and I still couldn’t get them in a good place so that the back of the shirt closes nicely. There are gaps in the back of the shirt where my skin shows because I just couldn’t get the buttons sewn correctly.  So while I love the front of this shirt, the back is not so great.

Simplicity 1425

Even with the problems with getting the buttons sewn in correctly. I still like this shirt a lot. I probably will not make this shirt again because of the button issue. However, I still like this shirt and I have enjoyed wearing it even though it didn’t turn out perfect.



  • Reply robin May 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I like the top. It looks good on you and the fabric choice is great. You could make it without the buttons and substitute a zipper or small button and loop closure.

    • Reply Sonya May 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Adding a zipper for the closure is a great idea! 🙂

  • Reply nerline May 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I can see why you don’t like the back of the top. But if you did not mention it, I would’ve not seen it. I think it looks great on you and the fit is perfect. I also like how you paired it with the jeans. I am like you when it comes to shopping, $9.99 for tops, $19.99 for jeans, $15 for dresses, and $35-$40 on shoes. LOL! I spend most of the money on handbags.
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    • Reply Sonya June 5, 2017 at 5:10 am

      Your prices are very similar to mine 🙂 I’ll spend a little bit more for a dress though like up to $35. I’ve never bought a nice handbag, but my sister-in-law gifted me a Coach handbag for Christmas. So I definitely think a nice handbag is worth the splurge.

  • Reply Tamara May 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I saw it on Facebook and loved it. It’s not only that you did a good job and the colors pop, but the cut is so flattering on you! Nice work!!
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    • Reply Sonya June 5, 2017 at 5:10 am

      Thanks Tamara!!! 🙂

  • Reply Mary May 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I saw this top on Instagram and I really love it Sonya. You look beautiful. it’s been so much fun watching your sewing skills grow. I have no problem splurging on clothes but I like to keep my tops in the $10-$30 range, the more expensive tops are usually for work but there’s nothing wrong with getting a deal. The kids are growing like weeds! 🙂

    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Mary! I’m starting to feel more comfortable with sewing. I love deals too, but sometimes a splurge is well worth the money.

  • Reply Akaleistar May 27, 2017 at 1:39 am

    That top is so pretty! You did a great job 🙂
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  • Reply Antionette M Blake May 27, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I am so proud of you, as you are doing a great job – can’t wait for you to start your own sewing business! #ProductReviewParty

    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Antionette!!! 🙂

  • Reply Stacie May 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    You have been doing such a good job sewing that I’m starting to get inspired about making my own. I use to, I just need a new sewing machine.
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    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

      I have the Brother CS-6000i sewing machine and I really like it a lot. I have really been enjoying sewing because I can pick out fabrics for the pieces that I make. Plus, it feels good to create something and then be able to wear.

  • Reply LaKita May 27, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Love the top and that print looks really good on you!
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    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks LaKita!!!

  • Reply Lou June 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

    This top is so cute on you! I seen when you posted it on social media. I think you did a good job, I can really see the growth of your sewing skills. I wish the back was with a zipper instead of buttons to make it much easier.


    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks Lou! I think a zipper would have worked better for the back too. I’m currently making a similar top for my daughter and it calls for a zipper in the back. I think it’s going to be a lot easier than my shirt was with the loop and buttons.

  • Reply Lyndi :: nwafoodie June 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Sonya, that peplum looks great on you! It’s definitely your fit! AND how awesome is it that you made it yourself!

    • Reply Sonya June 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Lyndi! 🙂

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