I love Kid’s Clothes Week! This season’s theme: Wild Things sparked my attention early on. There are just so many possibilities! However, when my rapidly growing up almost 9 year old announced she was “too old for animal faces on her clothes”, I was stumped. I wanted something cutsie! She wanted something trendy. We ended up going with a very chic leopard print peplum top.
This time, instead of the tiered dress, I decided to modify the skirt to create a peplum top. I also modified the back panels again to avoid the dreaded gape often caused by the bulkiness of the pattern. I simply drew the inner diagonal line closer in by 1 inch and all the way to the bottom corner, sparing just enough for the seam allowance plus 1/2 inch. On the peplum top, I cut the triangles shorter, going all the way to the side about 2 inches from the bottom of the front pattern piece. As the bodice has a lining, the side seams are still encased and do not show any unfinished seams.
To add the skirt, I simply made a circle skirt (with lining in the same material). Instead of cutting on the fold, I cut straight through so that there would be side seams. The back was created 4 inches wider (for the elastic waist band). As there is more material in the back, it creates a certain oomph on the behind. The length hits right about where the second tier of the dress would have hit.