I’ve been wanting to make a zipper-front shirt or dress since I saw Merrick’s lemon dress from last summer. I loved the zipper detail and that it was nursing friendly. I have also been loving all of the loose fitting peplums lately and really wanted to make one. I debated between the Lou Box Top and the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio, but I went with the Scout Tee this time because I wanted to have the option of longer sleeves. Both patterns are available at Indiesew, and the Scout Tee is a paper pattern, so you don’t have to worry about getting it printed or piecing it together. I love the comfortable, loose fit, and the directions and illustrations were really easy to understand.
I haven’t worked with very many woven fabrics, but after this project, I definitely need more woven pieces in my closet. I walked passed this flower print rayon/linen at Joann’s about 10 times (not good at making decisions some days…) and knew I had to have it.
oh. my. gosh. After editing all of these photos, starring at them for this long, and I am just NOW noticing that the flowers on the bottom are up-side-down. Oh the joys of sewing your own clothes. 😉 But that’s not going to stop me from wearing it! And I did wear it out with my mom shopping the other day. It was so comfortable, breathable, and not having to button anything after I’m done nursing is the BEST!
I made quite a few modifications to add the zipper and make it a peplum. When I was cutting the bodice pieces, I cut the front as two separate pieces instead of cutting it on the fold. I don’t remember how much I took off of the bottom of the bodice, but from the center front neckline to the bottom of the zipper was about 15 inches. To make things easy, I used a 14 inch zipper. I took off a half inch from the center of the front bodice pieces before adding the zipper, because I was afraid that once I added the zipper, the neckline was going to be too wide and gape open.
The peplum on the bottom was 11 inches long and 1.5 times the circumference of the bodice waist. I also lengthened the sleeves by 3 inches (using this tutorial) and hemmed everything with an inch seam allowance to give it a nicer finish.
Next time I make this pattern. I’m excited to make it without the peplum added. I really like how easy it was to add the zipper, but next time I really want to try a shorter exposed zipper. It would also be fun to hack into a loose fitting dress!
Have you made the Scout Tee yet? What do you think about the zipper trend? Are there patterns that you have hacked into a peplum?
Pattern was provided by Indiesew, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.