Yes, yes, there are many downsides to returning to work (waking up to an alarm, pumping at work, missing my two little nuggets) but in an attempt to be an eternal optimist, let's focus on the positives shall we? Positives like adult conversations, swearing without feeling guilty, peeing with the door closed, and an opportunity to wear fancy-schmany clothes.
Okay, not super-fancy clothes (let's not get carried away here people) but let's just say that I wouldn't be wearing a silk top if I were just hanging out with the kiddos because within approximately two minutes it would be covered in spit-up and whatever O happened to have on her hands (peanut butter, berries, whatever). Which is my really long-winded way of saying - look! I made a new top!
It's made from Vogue 8815 and while I did a very uncharacteristic thing in making this top and made a muslin first, I actually only needed to make one small modification to the top to make it fit better (I sewed the waist seam with a scant 3/8ths seam so that the seam would hit at my natural waist).
I also opted to line the upper portion of the top with a light polka dot cotton to give more stability to the silk fabric, but I left the peplum portion unlined so that it would still drape a bit. Also, because I lined the upper portion I didn't need to use the recommended binding to finish the neckline although I did still finish the armholes with some homemade bias binding.
And hopefully this will now put an end to my current peplum obsession...or perhaps it'll just fan the flames.
Pattern: Vogue 8815
Fabric: Silk dupioni from India (compliments of my sister) and cotton lining (compliments of Joanns)