Marigold peplum and Jalie yoga pants: Elizabeth Made This

For my contribution to The Monthly Stitch’s Separates Challenge for Indie Pattern Month, I made up Blank Slate Patterns’ Marigold Peplum and paired it with a severely modified version of Jalie 3022 (yoga pants).

Marigold Peplum and Jalie yoga pants

Perhaps I’ve had shirtdresses on the brain for a while, or maybe it really is true that nearly everyone who is a sewing blogger has made a fantastic shirtdress in the past 6 months or so.  At any rate, Marigold qualifies as a great shirtdress.  I love the pretty gathers at the shoulder.  They’re more delicate than a dart and are easier to sew to boot.

Marigold peplum

I also love the feminine lines of the stand collar.  Sometimes big pointy collars can overwhelm my frame, so it’s great to have an alternative.

But Marigold also has a top and a skirt option, so you get a lot of choices.  For the top, I chose the high/low peplum variation with cap sleeves.

Marigold peplum

I think the high/low peplum has a really lovely overall shape to it.  A lot of high/low tops I’ve seen on other women and in stores are really boxy and flowy–great for some but not for my body type.  This peplum is nice and fitted at the waist and the shape of the peplum reminds me of the back of a nicely tailored riding jacket.

Marigold peplum

I had a pair of vintage pillowcases I had set aside for the right project.  I loved the funky floral and loved even more that the browns and the blues in the print are in my color palette.  This fabric blended beautifully with a very fancy gold metallic linen that I bought at Fancy Tiger.  It’s sheer and quite crisp, but to my surprise it washed up without a fuss.  The double layered yoke eliminated the problem of sheerness in the linen.  The linen also worked perfectly as a contrast yoke, which is what I had intended it for (and why I only bought 1/4 yard).

I stuck with the pattern for the most part, but I did the casing differently.  I’m really sensitive to elastic around my middle, and for the life of me, I cannot thread elastic through casings without it twisting.  A sensitive middle + twisted elastic =a top I’ll never wear.  So instead of threading the elastic through, I quartered the elastic and zigzagged it to the middle of the casing, stretching it between CF/CB and the side seam points.  Then I stitched down the top of the casing from the right side per the pattern directions.  With this way, the elastic is nice and flat inside the casing and the gathers are extremely even.

I’m so digging into my stash and making a Marigold dress pronto!

As for the pants, I found the perfect color of ponte on a recent thrift store trip.  I love finding fabric at the thrift store.  It’s a big treasure hunt, and when you find something like this ponte that’s a good color and excellent quality, it’s kind of exciting.  I paid $1.50 for the whole length of about 2 yards, and I only needed 1.

Marigold peplum

I had made Jalie 3022 before in a peach ponte, and as comfortable as those pants are, I just don’t wear bootcut anything anymore.  The shape just feels like so much excess fabric and at my height, I always feel off kilter with tons of fabric.  I resolved to figure out a way to modify this pattern into a skinny cut.

Marigold peplum

I took my peach version and put them on inside out, pinning out the excess to shape the leg.  I transferred my pin marks to the pattern and connected the dots, then added seam allowance as I cut away really quite a lot of pattern.

Marigold peplum

I added polka dotted ponte for the lower waistband leftover from my Bird Tessalation Dress.  Jalie gives you the option of adding contrast here, and their actual directions for the waistband are excellent–slick even.  I fussed with the elastic the first time, but this time, I really paid attention to what the directions said, and the result is a completely hidden elastic application.

Marigold peplum

I carried the polka dots to the welts on some zippered welt pockets that I added to the fronts.  I don’t use pants without pockets and welt pockets are so easy to add to any pattern because you don’t have to draft any pieces.

eraser printed leggings

To finish off the pants, I blockprinted some chevrons onto the side seams with the sides of pink erasers and fabric paint.  To see my printing process, you can read my tutorial for Eraser Printed Leggings.

Overall, I think this was a successful outfit combination.  Here is my Marigold review, and my Jalie 3022 review.

Elizabeth Made This

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    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Melissa. Welt pockets are one of my favorite details to add.

  1. I just found you via the ‘Sewing Bloggers’ group. What a fantastically creative outfit and enjoyable post. I’ll be back!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Megan. I LOVE your work, and I love seeing your finished works on PR.

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thank you! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to say again how great Jalie’s patterns are!

  2. megret1979 Reply

    I love your Marigold top! I just won this pattern in a giveaway, so I am happy to see how good it looks sewn up! Time to start planning mine…

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      I think you’ll enjoy this pattern. That shaping that you were looking for in a woven top a couple tops back is definitely present in Marigold between the shoulder gathers and the elastic waist.

  3. I love your peplum top! I also struggle with elastic waists. I don’t like wearing them, and the elastic always twists in the casing. I love your idea of zigzagging the elastic in…The fabric is perfect. How clever to buy a couple of vintage pillow cases to use. Great post….

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      On pants, I serge the elastic to the top raw edge of the pants and stitch it down. This method can leave a hair of elastic poking you if you don’t get right on the edge when you stitch it down. On pants, it doesn’t bother me, but my middle is sensitive, so stitching the elastic in the middle of the casing still keeps it enclosed but no twisting possible!

  4. The gold yoke on your top is awesome! I love that type of collar, too. The color blocking and zipper on your pants are too cool! You’re inspiring me to mix things up a little. 🙂

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Rachael! That type of collar seems like it work work well on you. Mixing is fun for sure!

  5. Wow Elizabeth, I’m really impressed with the leggings and the chevrons! And the welt pockets too. Lots of great detailing.

  6. I love your top — somehow I’d missed this pattern but it’s so cute! And I love using pillowcases and thrifted fabric as well — so nice to see you using them so very effectively. Also, thank you for the tip about the elastic at the waist. Great idea, I’m going to be stealing it for my next waist casing — it’s so simple and brilliant.

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks! If you do do your elastic like that, I’d love to know how it goes!

  7. Beautiful top! I have had the Marigold pattern for over a year and still haven’t made it. I even have the perfect fabric. I love how yours looks and that you used a vintage pillowcase!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thank you! Projects like that happen. I call those NSOs…unfinished objects that aren’t started. 😉

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks! Erasers are fun to mess around with when printing! Endless possibilities.

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