children, sewing

Mamma Can Do It – Peplum Top & Butterfly

A few weeks ago, I was asked to join the Mamma Can Do It pattern testing team, and then the promo team. I was a little hesitant to become a promoter straight away, but after doing a little research, I found nothing but great reviews for this designer! And, after having finally tried my first Mamma Can Do It pattern, I can assure you that the reviews didn’t lie!


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The first thing I noticed about the Mamma Can Do It Peplum Top was how evenly nested all the pattern pieces were! Huzzah! Blending them together was a cinch and the tutorial includes detailed instructions for alterations. It’s definitely worth giving the instructions a good read before you begin, as they include tips for making a tighter fit (it’s drafted for a relaxed fit), lengthening/shortening, and goes through the options for sleeves and skirts, including ideas on doing a double peplum.


The only thing I found annoying about this pattern was the lack of line drawings. This made it hard to work out which style of skirt I wanted to use with the top. (I used the short sleeves, banded neckline, and gathered peplum with curved hem).


Construction was straight forward and pretty quick. I opted to use clear elastic to gather the skirt, rather than using the traditional basting stitch method.

The pattern comes in children’s and women’s sizes and you can get a discount for buying both together. There are multiple skirt/peplum options and sleeve lengths. This company has put a lot of effort in to providing video tutorials and a blog full of hacks too, so you can really get a lot of mileage out of this pattern.


I had wanted to make the new Mamma Can Do It Fit Pants* to go with the top (incidentally, these pants are also available in mens sizes), but didn’t have enough time to make those this weekend. Both patterns are on sale through TONIGHT (August 27, 2018)!* 

About the Fabric

This neon green cotton lycra by Stenzo has a really nice weight and drape, making it great for tops, leggings and dresses. I also love the mottled effect – Mabel Madison carry a couple of different solids with this melange design.


I had originally selected this fabric from Mabel Madison with the intention of making leggings to go with the Duchess & Hare dresses I made last week, but I decided the green would be a bit too much for my 6 year old in that outfit.


Instead, I decided to use it for this dress and figured I’d jazz it up with some Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) using my Silhouette Cameo. Mamma Can Do It also have their own cut files* that you can use in pretty much any vinyl cutting machine – I was able to use the DXF version with the free Silhouette software.


This top is a HIT with my daughter (and the two year old… she’s nagging for one too!). She wants a matching one for her doll now, and of course with the butterfly on it! Good thing it’s easy to resize! (though hopefully not a pain in the butt to weed at the small size!! …. On second thoughts, Doll might just get a heart on her top!)

I’d love to hear about your experience with Mamma Can Do It* patterns – I’m excited to try some more things in their collection!




Disclosure: I’m a Brand Ambassador for Mabel Madison and received this fabric complimentary for purposes of review and promotion. 

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Disclosure: I’m a brand ambassador for Mamma Can Do It and received this pattern and cut file complimentary in exchange for promotion. Making a purchase after clicking my links will earn me a small commission (at no cost to you).


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