For my version, I whipped up a little summery peplum top in an almost-seersucker cotton shirting fabric. I just used the bodice of the dress and attached a double ruffle where the skirt would be on the dress itself. I don't anticipate having any issues with the skirt when I finally stitch up a full dress, and I was trying to use up some stash material and fill the "cute tops" hole in my wardrobe. The original idea was to make piping for around the neck and at the waist, but I need to practice a little bit more. I ended up seam-ripping the neck piping out, and instead, bound the arms with self-fabric bias tape on the outside for that little bit of interest.
The bodice is slightly big on me overall-- I think I will make it at least one size smaller. I cut an 8, and the pattern goes down to a 4. Peplum waists work better if the waist actually, you know, fits your waist instead of floating away from it. I was worried about the double bust darts, since they are such a great design feature, but I sometimes have to do SBAs and I didn't really want to fiddle with two darts (I know it shouldn't be harder than one, but... still). It turns out they are fine!
|sad droopy untied ties that sadly looked better than the horrendously tied bow|
In conclusion, this top needs some work to be wearable, but I have high hopes for this dress once I find the right size, so a full make of 2444 in a smaller size is on my short list of makes for this spring. I haven't been doing a ton of sewing recently, but I have been doing a lot of scheming and daydreaming :)