Dressing up the Breezy Pattern

Hey y’all! It’s Lakeisha again with a super easy trick to dressing up my favorite Ellie and Mac pattern. I don’t think it’s any secret that its’s the Breezy Peplum and Dress. I’ve made it out of several materials: bamboo lycra, French Terry, cotton lycra, double brushed poly, you name it. Though each one drapes and handles differently, I find the look extremely flattering each time I make one, so when I need something cute and comfy, it’s always the pattern I reach for. With the holiday season around the corner, I figured I’d add a new one to my closet that would allow me to look dressy, while at the same time feeling comfortable! What better fabric to use than stretch crushed velvet?

I have had this floral crushed velvet in my stash for a few years now from a small shop I bought it from in Boston. You may think you’ve seen me wear it before, and you’re right! I made a Day to Night top out of it to wear on my first anniversary date last year.

Looking back at that photo, apparently I really think stretch velvet pairs well with black jeggings haha! Here’s a refresher, for your viewing pleasure ;)

For the look I wanted, I actually chose to cut two back bodices so that the back would have a slightly lower scoop, for an added touch. I did not have to make any
modifications to do this, as the armscye is the same for both front and back pieces. I also lined my bodice with DBP instead of using the neckband. To do so, sew each bodice separately at the shoulder seams, place them right sides together, then sew around the neck opening. Afterwards, turn them right side out and treat them like ONE bodice for attaching the sleeves and sewing up the side seams.

To complete the look, I chose to style it with some black jeggings. Because of the
comfort of stretch crushed velvet combined with the Breezy pattern, it can be dressed up or down by switching out shoes, bottoms, and accessories. This would be equally adorable styled with some skinny jeans and ballet flats. It’s why I love this pattern…so much versatility!

I hope you love this simple holiday look by using stretch velvet fabric. Other fabric
options could be using a stretch lace overlay over the entire top, or even a stretch
sequin fabric, if you could get your hands on some! What other fabric options make you think “dressy”? I’d love to see what patterns you love to dress up. Make sure to share in the Ellie and Mac Facebook Group and even tag me if you want to make sure I see it!

2 comments

LOVE this! Especially the bell-shaped sleeve ruffles in the first picture – do you have any suggestions/help for cutting them?

Barbara December 20, 2019

This lined top looks beautiful and must FEEL lovely! Thank you for sharing your steps on how to do this!

Danita Courtney December 20, 2019

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