Peplums are everywhere-I think it's because they make your waste look really tiny.
I used Simplicity 1699 to make this blouse for my daughter. (fyi-they forgot to include the step where you sew front sides to the front).
I whipped it up fairly quick and was feeling all proud of my sewing skills.
Then it was time to put in the zipper.
(insert scary music)
I ended up sewing and ripping that sucker in 3 times. My mother once threw her sewing machine across the room in frustration, and if I had to do it a 4th time, I might have too. This is linen, so you can't iron a nice crisp clean line. Also the embroidery would make it pucker and it just wouldn't look professional. In retrospect, I should have use an invisible zipper.
She loves it and I love that it only cost my about $8.
PS-she make the necklace