I wasn't excited about getting on the peplum bandwagon until I saw Simplicity 1590. To me, it's the true essence of the retro peplum of the 40's and 50's. I love its simple lines, flattering neckline, cap sleeve, cinched in waist and full skirted peplum.
Are these adorable or what?
And there is an interesting fashion history story on the instruction page that I thought was very enlightening:
"Social trends always had a certain amount of influence over fashion. With the onset of WW II, the United States experienced the largest change in fashion to date. Prior to the war, the American designers were traveling abroad for inspiration for their designs. 1941 changed all that and laid the foundation for the United States to become the sportswear capital of the world.
American designers went from full to slim in all silhouettes. Skirts were shortened and were topped with above hip length jackets. Evening wear went from long, flowing gowns to slim fitted sheaths. Designers created separates and coordinating pieces as they were guided by the War Production Board to design fashions that would remain stylish and wearable through the seasons. The American fashion staple of mix and match pieces, or coordinated separates and wardrobes was born."
Here are a couple more photos:
And side view:
I love my blouse! And the polka dots, too.