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.
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.
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.