La Mia Boutique 1/14 (German Edition): Hello Sailor-Peplum Top

Recently I came across a sewing magazine that is new to the German market: La Mia Boutique in a German version. It does not seem to be the same as the Italian edition – at least my news agent’s had a different version in Italian. I was a little wary about trying their patterns as my measurements make me fall in three different sizes on their size table (while with Burdastyle I may need to grade between two sizes for a tight fitting dress, otherwise I can stay within one size with no or minor alterations).

But because I had the magazine and I wanted to give the peplum trend a try before it goes completely I made up this little number:


Although my version looks quite different:

IMG_6435I made up their size 44 at the bust, grading out to a 46 at the hips, which corresponds to the German sizes 40 and 42. I normally wear a 40, but the measurement chart put me into this size, so this is what I made. Turns out I would not have needed to grade out at all, the top is plenty big enough as it is in a size 44/40.

IMG_6438I obviously put some sleeves on the top, they come from a dress in the same edition which has practically the same arm scythe as the top, so there was no problem there. I also lengthened the peplum by about 4 cm, and looking at the pictures I think it could have done with even more length.

I think the top is quite sweet and I am definitely going to wear it, just because I love the sailor look anyway. But I think I have got the peplum look out of my system now – I think it really looks better with something really formal and quite structured – and that’s something I am rarely going to wear.


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3 thoughts on “La Mia Boutique 1/14 (German Edition): Hello Sailor-Peplum Top

  1. Marianne January 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Good to know la Mia Boutique is available in Germany now. It’s on the list for our next shopping spree in Emmerich or Kleve! I’m amazed by your production, a top a day? Keep it up 😉 those stripes look good on you!

    • Chris January 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm Reply

      It’s a top a day during holiday times – and a top a months otherwise ;-). Enjoy your next shopping trip. Is “shopping abroad” still a thrill for you (like it is for us Bavarian country bumpkins) or are you all used to it?

      • Marianne January 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        My husband gets excited by the thought of a large Erdinger Weissbrau and enormous Schnitzel and I like to buy baking stuff and magazines I can’t buy in Holland. So yes, shopping in Germany (two or three times a year) is fun for both of us!

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