I recently had the privilege of testing the women’s version of the beloved Pearlie peplum and dress pattern by Peach Patterns. Not only was the designer Marina a joy to work with, the pattern itself was the source of so much excitement and adoration amongst the testers. This pattern is fun to sew and features so many delightful details. I made both versions (peplum and dress) during testing, and really loved them both. This pattern would be an asset to any sewist’s collection.
The beauty of the women’s Pearlie (well there a lot of things!) is the many options available to choose from. You can make a peplum top or knee length dress, both of which feature a curved hem. There are two neckline options: standard and scoop. There is also the option to add a chest pocket; choose from round, square, or V-shaped. If you make the dress version, you can include side seam pockets too! I opted for this on my dress, and it really adds to the comfortable, casual vibe of this pattern.
I sewed all my Pearlies (I made three during testing) in double brushed polyester, which was an ideal choice for this pattern. Recommended fabrics (at least for the bodice) must have at least 50% stretch, so that means you could use a woven for the skirt, making the Pearlie a very versatile garment with limitless creative possibilities (hello, pattern mixing!).
If you tend to avoid patterns requiring the fabric to be gathered, the Pearlie is a great one to sew up because you’ll get some practice at that skill! The pattern tutorial describes two methods for gathering, including the traditional method using basting stitches and a way to use shirring elastic in the bobbin to create gathers. I ended up using clear elastic to create my gathers, which worked well. I also tried my hand at gathering by changing my serger settings (I used this video tutorial), and that worked equally well and was less cumbersome than the elastic method. Now I want to gather everything!
Typically when I test a pattern, I get a bit burned out on it and put it to rest for a while. Not so with the Pearlie! I already have fabric lined up for my next one, and I’m planning to make some for my nieces as well. It’s the perfect spring or summer wardrobe addition for anyone who loves stylish comfort!
Aside from the women’s version being released this week, the girls’ version has also been updated! If you’re dying to make Mommy-and-me Pearlies, you can get both patterns in a bundle HERE. Hurry and grab your Pearlie patterns at discounted prices this week only!