Vogue 8936: DIY studded peplum top and pull on jersey pencil skirt

Vogue 8936 studded peplum top
Vogue 8936 studded peplum top

Hello Friends. Today I wanted to share with you a ponte peplum top that I made using Vogue 8936 and some delicious aubergine ponte fabric supplied by my sponsors, Click Fabrics. I also made the easy, pull on pencil skirt using a remnant piece of fabric that I purchased some time ago from Click Fabrics (you can see what I originally made with this fabric here). More on the skirt shortly. First let’s talk about the peplum top.

Here’s the image of this top from the Vogue website:

Vogue 8936 - the (scary) Vogue version
Vogue 8936 – the Vogue version: what you looking at??

Slightly scary right? Not having had much success with Vogue 8815 (unblogged), the thing that attracted me to this top was the princess seams and the fact this is one of those custom fit patterns.

Vogue 8936 studded peplum top
Vogue 8936 studded peplum top

The pattern itself is “ok”. I am not too thrilled with the final fit. I think it’s too big in the shoulders and even on the waist I could have gone down slightly. However, because of fabric limitations I went with sleeves from New Look 6123 (they lend themselves better to the studded effect I went for anyway), and I don’t mind the droopy shoulders too much 🙂 Vogue once again have not provided a neck-waist measurement; I had to guess how much to shorten the back by and I feel perhaps if I was making this top again I would add maybe an inch to the length, front and back. For a top like this I think it’s pretty crucial to have the peplum sitting on your waist, and not half way down your back.

Here’s some close ups of my favourite part of the top, the studs:

Wrong side of fabric showing studs in place.
Wrong side of fabric showing studs in place.
Close up of studs
Close up of studs

I used antique brass studs and love the effect they gave. They were easy to use; just push through the fabric and bend the prongs in to place to secure. I used approx. 250 studs for this top, and yes, it is not a quick job. I studded the front and back of the sleeves.

Vogue 8936 studded peplum top
Vogue 8936 studded peplum top – hmmm I swear I used a press cloth…

On to the skirt. I used this tutorial as a basis for drafting the pattern for this skirt, using my own measurements, and I love the end product. It’s soooo comfy. I would say that the tutorial has you adding on 1 inch seam allowances and doesn’t take into account that you probably need some negative ease built in to get a good fitting skirt, but taking in the side seams got me where I wanted to be in the end. Also, I finished the waistband of the skirt by serging on a band of 1 inch wide elastic to the top of the skirt and folding it over twice before stitching in the ditch of the side seams to secure.

Here’s my pattern review for the peplum top:

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

MISSES’ TUNIC, SKIRT AND PANTS: Close-fitting, partially lined tunic has princess seams, peplum, and narrow hem. A: wrong side may show on back hemline. B: stitched hem on sleeves. Semi-fitted skirt or tapered pants have contour waist. All have back zipper. C: back slit. Custom fit for A, B, C, D cup sizes.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Less scary.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yep. Although I didn’t follow them exactly. See below.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?


The edgestitching on the seams.

The custom fit pattern.

The princess seams.


Pattern runs large.

No neck-waist measurement provided.

Fabric Used:

Ponte knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I think I shortened the back by about 3 inches and did a sway back alteration (Next time round I would lengthen front by 1 inch and shorten back by only 2 inches). I lowered the front neckline by approx. 2 inches. I omitted the lining and instead used strips of ponte cut on the bias as facings. I used an invisible zip. I substituted sleeves from New Look 6123. I added approx. 250 antique brass studs to the sleeves and neckline.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don’t know if I would sew it again as is, but it will be handy to have a princess seamed bodice with sleeves suitable for ponte knits in my stash 🙂 It does need some tweaks. Yes, I would recommend it.


Pattern is ok with some tweaking; gives a RTW look with the edgestitching and I love my studs 🙂

Vogue 8936 studded peplum top
Vogue 8936 studded peplum top

Happy new sewing year readers!

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

32 thoughts on “Vogue 8936: DIY studded peplum top and pull on jersey pencil skirt

  1. Fantastic! I can’t believe your finished top came from that pattern – the pattern photo looks so scary. Love the studs, it must have taken you hours to apply them so neatly.

  2. Happy New Year! What a great top to kick off sewing for 2014! My DD1 is stud crazy, but I just don’t know where to start. 250!!! And one at a time, too. Great top.

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