The clothes I sew for myself are often made to wear to work, and I've noticed that my more casual wardrobe has needed some updating. Wearing tunics/longer tops with leggings is so comfortable, but I don't have too many choices in my closet. Enter Kwik Sew 4083:
I pulled a double sided brushed cotton plaid from my stash (?JoAnn's red tag table?) to use for a test garment, as I haven't sewn many Kwik Sew patterns. It has the large plaid on one side, and a small check on the other:
Looking at the measurements, I cut a size XL....way too big. I like the fabric, but I'm not sure using it for this top does my figure any favors...even after taking it in, and taking it in some more, I did wear it over the weekend. I still have plans to take out some of the extra at the front princess seams, and that will make it wearable weekend wear. I think I erred on the side of caution as I have been sewing mostly with knits, and was worried about ending up with a top that was too small.
(impossible to match the plaids with the peplum cut on the bias)
Alterations made with this top: added 1 inch to length at dropped waist/peplum, raised shoulder seam, reduced armsyce, took in @1" at front princess seams.
I have plans to revisit this pattern, using a stable knit like ponte, thanks to Lori's inspiration: