The Cupcake top

Here it is folks – my second attempt at the green Hummingbird top from Cake patterns!

A huge thank-you to all of you who gave me feedback on my first ill-fitting attempt. Quite frankly – you guys rock! πŸ˜€

And here it is, Hummingbird number two:

Cake patterns Hummingbird green peplum top

Since this one worked out ok, I even gave it a name. It’s a small piece of Cake, so it gets to be a Cupcake. Hah.

Cake patterns Hummingbird green peplum top

Following on from suggestions received, I made it up in one colour, a dark colour, and a colour I know I like (purple!), so as to eliminate any issues of the I-don’t-know-if-I-hate-it-because-of-the-colour type. This time, it’s made up in a mid-weight cotton/poly blend tshirting.

As far as fit goes, I made several adjustments following the last top. I cut the sleeves as the shorter-sleeved version, which I think definitely helps the overall look of this on me. I took it in by about 2cm at each side seam at the waist, and I also raised the waist by 5cm in front and 6cm at the centre back.

I decided to leave the neckline as it was for this one, just to see what it looked like when the rest of the top was fitting ok. Next time, I’ll go with the recommendation to widen it – it’s not really doing much for me the way it is.


I must admit though – I’m still not 100% sold on this top on me. (Maybe I’m just out of practice with wearing knit tops?) It just doesn’t seem to be sitting right, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what to throw over the top of it when the weather gets colder (which, in Wellington, is several times a day, all year ’round). Meh.

The peplum is kinda fun, though. πŸ™‚ So I’m going to try making another peplum top, this time in a woven fabric. I’ve got a 1940’s peplum shirt pattern to make up, or maybe I’ll try the top version of the La Sylphide pattern from Papercut first….

Cake patterns Hummingbird green peplum top

Photos for this were up at the Truby King garden, not too far from where we live. It was a beautiful winter day (so beautiful the weather lulled me into a false sense of warmth, which has been brutally dashed back to reality today *brrrr*) so we went for a walk and after climbing up the big hill I got brave and stripped down to short sleeves for photos. Just for you, lovely readers, to show you my new top in surroundings a bit more interesting than our lounge. πŸ˜‰

Cake patterns Hummingbird green peplum top

21 responses to “The Cupcake top

  1. I really like this now – I am 100% a t-shirt/knit person, so I always love seeing ideas for something a step up from the basic T… I think I might be inspired to try something like this! And lovely to see your local surroundings, it looks like it was a steep climb up?!

  2. Oh my, a HUGE improvement on Mach I!! πŸ™‚ I love the colour, of course. I even like the neckline more than I thought I would!

  3. looks great, good on you for not giving up

  4. Eyy, this one looks so much better !

  5. Oh that is so cute! I like it and would toss a jean jacket or blazer over it. Have you tried it with a skirt like the pattern recommends? I wish you liked it more, but I’m sure the La Slyphed will be fun too since your dress looked great on you! Congrats on your new cute top!

  6. Gorgeous colour on you Kat!! you look awesome on purple cupcakes!!! πŸ™‚

  7. I think it looks good on you! Purple is definitely a good color for you. As for layering, I think a cropped jacket could look really nice with it. (I’m making this mental note for myself as well!)

  8. Love it! The solid color looks great and you have the fit down perfectly! Where is the walking trail in your pictures? Looks like a lovely place to hike πŸ™‚

  9. oh yay! Looks great! Really like the purple on you.

  10. Okay, this is a million times cuter than your previous version. Well done! I wonder what the neckline would look like as a square? Or well, just anything other than this one! So great what you’ve done to improve it πŸ˜€

  11. Oooh, I really like this on you! This color is fantastic on you, too! I’m wondering about a deeper scoop neckline– somehow I think that would be really flattering on you!

  12. Oh yes, this is definitely 100 times better (and comparing your facial expressions from the first attempt it’s pretty obvious! Hehe) Agree that the neck needs to be wider through, it’s too pointy (?) just not the right proportions. The sleeve change and darker colour is perfect, and raising he peplum seam to hit closer to your true waist, much more flattering.

    I think we are used to seeing this style of top in a more structured fabric (I am thinking Cue window) maybe that is what feels “off” for you? But it looks really comfy in a t-shirt/knit type fabric. Watch out Nikki doesn’t try and steal this! You know what she’s like with purple! πŸ˜‰

  13. I agree with my colleagues – that is really your colour! And yes I’m used to seeing peplums that are in a stiff material like thick cotton and flare out… Perhaps that’s it…?

  14. I love how this top can be worn with a pair of jeans without looking out of place. I haven’t been a fan of the peplum but with patterns like this I’m slowly changing my mind. I think a scope neck would be the go though!

  15. Definitely a huge improvement! I still wonder if the peplum requires a bit more body? But what a beautiful colour and definitely no need to cut up for baby clothes!

  16. Ooooh, yes, much better! I like this version a lot! Think it looks great on you! I wonder if it’s that the neck is sagging down a bit at the front which is making you not like the knit fabric as much. Some knits do that, they are just very baggy and saggy, not sure if that’s the case with your fabric.

  17. This is like an improvement of 100% from the other version – I think it looks great. As you know I’m not much of a tee shirt and jeans kinda gal but this is adorable and feminine for a casual look and the colour is perfect on you πŸ™‚

  18. This is a massive improvement on version 1, well done on sticking with it, I am sure I would have given up! I look forward to seeing the more structured one soon

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