Party Pep – Vogue 8815

02 Feb Party Pep – Vogue 8815

I’m a little late to the party with this pattern but I’ve finally arrived 🙂


Vogue 8815 has received dozens of favorable reviews on PR.  I came close to buying a Kate Spade zebra peplum made in the same style, but the

“I can make this”

mindset thankfully kicked in….. and yet I never made one, even though I bought the pattern months ago. UGH……

After completing the Style Arc Willow Pants last week, a vision for this pattern finally appeared leading me to a copper puckered silk I bought in early fall at Waechter’s Silk Shop in Asheville, NC.  I’d never sewn on puckered silk which was very expensive by my standards, and  bought one whole yard.


I began worrying the puckered element of the fabric would affect the accuracy of the fit, and turned the easy pattern into a time-consuming project by making a muslin with traced stitching lines before making the top.  After tweaking the muslin, I traced all of the stitching lines onto the fashion fabric to ensure a good fit.

Well, it fits.


and I’ve turned the Style Arc Willow pants into party pants.


All the puckering you see everywhere?


It’s the fabric, thank goodness.

As with any successfully completed project, I’m glad I took the time to do it correctly.  The puckered fabric combined with guesswork would have turned into a disaster without a proper muslin.

traced stitching lines

Maybe I’ll go for that zebra peplum now, or maybe I’ll turn my attention to spring since Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring.

Way to go Phil!!


  • Elaine
    Posted at 19:39h, 02 February Reply

    Just beautiful on you. (Please tell us about that fabulous necklace too!)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:13h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you, Elaine! The necklace is an inexpensive piece that can be twisted into whatever shape you desire! 🙂

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 20:06h, 02 February Reply

    Love this top – I’ve looked at the pattern, too, and thought it was so pretty! What great fabric, too – love it! Fabulous on you – great work, as usual. Necklace is a wonderful touch, too 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:15h, 03 February Reply

      Hi Cheryl! I ‘highly recommend’ the pattern for you or the girls. I love this inexpensive twisting necklace – a fun and accommodating accessory for sure. Many thanks for writing!

  • Victoria
    Posted at 20:12h, 02 February Reply

    Love your version of this top! It looks great combined with your “fancy pants”! Girl you are styling as usual (wink)!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:16h, 03 February Reply

      😉 😉 If you say I’m styling then maybe I am! I love your version of this pattern!

  • Stephanie King
    Posted at 20:28h, 02 February Reply

    Your peplum top looks amazing! I love how your fabric choice turned out. I think it gave your top just a little bit of an edginess and attitude. Very inspiring.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:23h, 03 February Reply

      Many thanks, Stephanie! Often and in this case, I wasn’t sure if I had made the right fabric choice but a turning point happened after I finished the neck and arm edges! Thank goodnes 🙂 🙂

  • Shams
    Posted at 20:48h, 02 February Reply

    A very cute peplum top. You look great in that color!

  • Karen
    Posted at 21:41h, 02 February Reply

    Very cute, one of my favorite colors…love the shoe

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:25h, 03 February Reply

      Many thanks, Karen! The shoes are cute and H I G H . I have to concentrate on not being wobbly in these 🙂

  • 365 Dresses
    Posted at 22:56h, 02 February Reply

    That looks great on you! I think the peplums are very flattering, and I’m still seeing many on the spring fashions in Paris.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:28h, 03 February Reply

      That’s good to know! Might you be turning your miniatures into full sized dresses now? Many thanks for writing!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 23:10h, 02 February Reply

    just fantastic!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 23:57h, 02 February Reply

    The top is beautiful, and complements your new pants so nicely. Fun necklace!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:30h, 03 February Reply

      Many thanks, Nancy! My little inexpensive twisty necklace is adaptable to most any garment 🙂

  • Peggy
    Posted at 01:16h, 03 February Reply

    What a great top! I have that necklace, too. I love being able to squish it into different shapes–sometimes I wrap it multiple times around my wrist.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:06h, 03 February Reply

      Thanks, Peggy! This necklace has been a lifesaver on many occasions 🙂

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 02:59h, 03 February Reply

    Hmmmm I’m thinking a peplum top might look perfect with my new ByHand London Charlotte pencil skirt…

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:06h, 03 February Reply

      You would look spectacular in a peplum, Lizzy!

      • sewbusylizzy
        Posted at 00:37h, 04 February Reply

        I think I’ve got a Burda pattern one I might experiment with – after all I need another sewing project!

  • Annika
    Posted at 03:23h, 03 February Reply

    Very cute top and the fit is just perfect. Well done!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:07h, 03 February Reply

      Hi Annika! Thank you and I hope you are enjoying your sewing this year!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 05:30h, 03 February Reply

    Love your peplum and I’ve just finished mine, photos soon.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:08h, 03 February Reply

      Many thanks, Sharon! Can’t wait to see yours 🙂 🙂

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 05:44h, 03 February Reply

    Good proportion balance between the peplum and pants…not to mention the great looking fabrics, fit and model!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:09h, 03 February Reply

      Ah……. what a nice comment! Thanks, Cherry Pix 🙂

  • Vivian
    Posted at 08:32h, 03 February Reply

    Beautiful top! I have one of these necklaces and never could get it to look right. You have the twists just right!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:10h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you, Vivian! It took me forever to get the hang of twisting the necklace ….. you’ll get the hang of it! 🙂

  • Laura
    Posted at 08:36h, 03 February Reply

    I’m very familiar with this fabric (since I work at Waechter’s Fine Fabrics) and YOUR top is perfect! Actually the best use of this fabric to date, have seen Kayla Kennington’s perennial pant made from it, and a stitched down box pleated skirt…but this is the best rendition from the fabric I’ve seen! It almost has a antique look to it…..far out ways anything you could have bought from RTW….and think it could also be dressed down as well…..maybe with a black linen slack. Oh just love it!,,,,,,,,Laura

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:04h, 03 February Reply

      Many thanks for such a flattering comment, Laura! This fabulous fabric would make up nicely as several garments, but I needed to keep it simple which worked for me. I love it and appreciated all of the good help I had at Waechters 🙂 Thanks for writing!

  • Margy Houtz
    Posted at 10:31h, 03 February Reply

    What a gorgeous top! I love peplums, I hope they stay in fashion for years…Your choice of fabric is spectacular! (I have that necklace, too)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:35h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you, Margy! I love your peplum jacket so much I’m considering another Style Arc order 🙂

  • Martha
    Posted at 10:44h, 03 February Reply

    Yes, your top is fabulous. What a wonderful use of that special piece of silk. And with the tapered party pants? Just perfect!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:37h, 03 February Reply

      Hi Martha -Thank you so much for the nice comment! I’m pleased with the outcome and may try another piece of this wonderful silk sometime 🙂

  • joen
    Posted at 11:18h, 03 February Reply

    Your top turned out great! I finally purchased the Vogue pattern myself after shopping at the Mall with my daughter and seeing peplum tops in almost every shop for Spring. I especially was tempted by a leopard print that I saw and thought the same as you I could make that! I just need that Vogue pattern. LOL

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:40h, 03 February Reply

      A trip to the shopping mall almost always inspires a pattern purchase for me! Can’t wait to see your peplum and thank you so much for writing 🙂

  • Ruth
    Posted at 11:19h, 03 February Reply

    Just lovely (and not a ruffle in sight!)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:41h, 03 February Reply

      Where for art thou, ruffle ? I’m trying to wean myself, Ruth!

  • Red Point Tailor
    Posted at 11:39h, 03 February Reply

    Well… I see this kind of tops a lot and I have to say that your version convinced me to make one for myself. You look fabulous in it! Congratulaitons!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 11:58h, 03 February Reply

    What a great piece of fabric that became a beautiful top! Love it ~ especially with your new pants!

  • cjgal
    Posted at 13:50h, 03 February Reply

    You are so adorable! Love this, fits you like a glove

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:43h, 03 February Reply

      Who…….. me…….. adorable? 😉 You are so sweet and thank you so much for the comment!

  • Heathersphere
    Posted at 14:33h, 03 February Reply

    Absolutely and undeniably GORGEOUS!

  • Sarah Ioannides
    Posted at 15:09h, 03 February Reply

    Suits you fanastically! Congratulations!

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 15:34h, 03 February Reply

    Ooh, what a gorgeous, unique top! Love how you’ve paired it with your fab pants! Make a zebra version– that will be so fun!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:45h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you, Ginger!……… OK, I’ll make a zebra version – it does sound like fun, doesn’t it? 🙂 🙂

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 16:03h, 03 February Reply

    lovely top, worth the effort of making the muslin

  • deborah
    Posted at 16:27h, 03 February Reply

    Looks lovely on you!

  • Tia Dia
    Posted at 17:10h, 03 February Reply

    It’s gorgeous! I’ve sewn puckered silk before – it’s very careful work for sure. Your peplum top is wonderful, and a perfect party complement to those trousers!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:54h, 05 February Reply

      Thank you, Tia Dia! I was a bit of a wreck in the beginning, but eventually I just let the puckers fall where they may. 🙂

  • jillybe
    Posted at 17:17h, 03 February Reply

    Very chic outfit, and what a lovely color on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:55h, 05 February Reply

      Thanks, Jilly! The gold and coppers suit me better than the silver metallics although I really like them all 🙂

  • Teri
    Posted at 12:47h, 04 February Reply

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. I haven’t ventured into the peplum world yet…….maybe 2013 is the year.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:56h, 05 February Reply

      Many thanks, Teri! Some peplums are more flattering than others – I’m sure you will find the right one 🙂

  • jlundy6116
    Posted at 20:10h, 06 February Reply

    Very lovely flattering top. I haven’t been convinced to do this pattern yet, but your rendition could change my mind 🙂

  • Myra
    Posted at 16:04h, 07 February Reply

    I really love this top on you! It’s like everything else you make, absolutely stunning! Beautiful fabric, the color is fabulous!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:06h, 08 February Reply

      Thank you, Myra! I fell hard for the fabric, then didn’t know what to do with my one yard! Fortunately it all came together! 🙂

  • justine
    Posted at 15:07h, 09 May Reply

    This looks fantastic!

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