A peplum pattern crush

A peplum pattern crush


Be warned my dear readers, this is going to be the first of many times I use this pattern.  I’ve developed another serious pattern crush!


What pattern I hear you ask?  The front cover worthy Peplum Pullover from Tomomi Okawa’s Clean and Natural.



Long time readers will know that I love a sack dress or oversized top and I shy away from more fitted silhouettes.  Being forty, and clearly more fearless, and having found my way back to my pre-children weight, I decided to give this peplum thing (better late than never right?) a try.  I was super excited with the results, and hence my brain has been in peplum planning over-drive ever since!



The Peplum Pullover is drafted with a high neckline and I’m not a fan of chokingly high necklines.  So, I pulled out my trusty TNT Ottobre Painted Rose Top hoping to redraft a similar neckline.  I was overjoyed to find that the shoulder slopes on the two patterns were identical (I kid you not!) so this was the easiest neckline redraft ever.  Happy days!


With the front and the back necklines scooped out I could easily get this top over my head, so I eliminated the centre back seam and did away with the suggested closure.  Sometimes I’m all about simplifying the sewing!


Interested is seeing some more versions of this pattern?  The every stylish Kirsty who blogs at Top Notch has made two Peplum Pullovers as well as a jumpsuit hack.  She’s a genius I say, a genius!

I’m starting to get hooked on Japanese sewing patterns and I know I’m not alone.   Do you own, or have borrowed (there are some awesome public libraries out there… just saying…) this book or others like it?  Do you have plans to sew Japanese patterns?  Has the peplum craze hit your sewing room?  Do you experiment and try new silhouettes?  I’m all ears… do tell…


Pattern:  Peplum Pullover from Clean and Natural by Tomomi Okawa
Japanese Tana Lawn from Spotlight
Scooped out the front and back necklines using my TNT woven tee pattern and eliminated centre back seam and closure.
Accessories:  Scarf by Primoeza & boots purchased at Scarlet Jones.


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  • I love this! Dropped shoulders are the best.

  • This lovely – casual with a bit of structure. The waist falls in just the right place . . . I may have to look for this book!

  • This is a lovely top and great fabric too. I have a few Japanese pattern books but have tended to make multiple versions of tops D and S from Treasured Collection by Yoshiko Tsukiori.

  • Loving peplum tops right now – the boxier the better! This one is very stylish and looks easy and fun to wear. Can’t wait to see your silk one.

  • Absolutely love the fabric Anna, and the pattern is so unusual – another one for me to try, my hubby has started asking “who is this Anna?” as all my new patterns (as seen on Blogless Anna!!) cascade through the letterbox 🙂

    • LOL Janette. I totally understand. The other night my hubby collected the mail and he told me a pattern from Indie Stitches had arrived. Inside I was going a happy dance, but I just looked up from my knitting and said thanks as though this was a normal thing! PS It’s the Nell Shirt by A Verb For Keeping Warm… check it out!

      • That’s soooo funny, little do they know!

        Thanks for the Nell Shirt info, just had a peek – it’s lovely and will make a refreshing change from my well used Sew Liberated Esme pattern 🙂

  • Amazing how divine inspiration comes soaring right at you through the internet! I was contemplating Flared Pullover, from this same book. Having now seen your beautiful version, I’m moving my intentions to this top, absolutely lovely. I have made the Hooded Coat. It went together very nicely and fit well, but the hood would be prettier with a more drapey fabric than I used.Frill Collar Pullover is on the list, too. I’m enamored with this book, look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    • Kathleen the internet (and Instagram) are wondering things for inspiration. The hooded coat looks lovely and snugly. I have my eye on the Frill Collar Pullover as well as the Kimono Sleeves Pullover and the Tartan Tunic. But let’s be honest, I could easily make almost all of the things in this book and be happy. Long live Japanese sewing books!

  • I love it, but then this pattern is in top spot for pattern of the year for me. I think it’s the dropped shoulders that I adore.

  • What a great top! And I must say, you and I have a couple of things in common. 1. I get pattern crushes too, really bad about it in fact. 2. I rarely find a pattern that I don’t want to improve or change somehow.

  • Hi Anna, just found your lovely blog via Bimble and Pimble. This top is just beautiful – I especially love how you swapped the neckline for one that worked better for you!

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