HI Everyone!

I am back to sewing after taking a break last week. Yesterday I worked on re-purposing a dress into a peplum top.  I love the combination of blue and black and want a blue top and black skinny jeans in my closet. I started drafting the pattern for the pants. I pre-washed and pre-shrunk the fabric while I was doing the pattern making. Now I am ready to cut.

Here is the peplum top completed:I wanted a full peplum look so I drafted a half circle peplum. I think for the next project, I might do a 3/4 circle peplum and sew in horsehair braid at the hem of the peplum to make it stiff.

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The peplum is a half circle peplum for each pattern pieces (one back, one front). The pattern looks like a 1/2 donut. So the peplum all around is a full circle peplum, seamed at the sides. I love how the fabric drapes on the peplum.

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I attached an exposed zipper on the back. It’s a jeans zipper I had in my zipper stash. Love the metallic teeth on it. The zipper is aesthetic only, it does not function. We shall call her a trophy zipper.

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To accessorize, I added this bag for another pop of color and also because oversized bows are always en vogue.

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Love how the zipper on the top matches the hardware on the purse 🙂

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I even had a modest Marilyn Monroe moment thanks to the wind.

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Here is the dress that was used for this re-purpose:

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Design details below for anyone who wants to make a peplum 🙂

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PATTERN: For the sleeves, I re-used a previously drafted sleeve I used  HERE. For the peplum, I drafted a pattern using the slash and spread method I documented HERE.

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SEWING: To transform the dress into the top, I dd the following alterations

1) Chop off the top from skirt at the waist seam

2) de-construct the top at the sleeves and side seams

3) re-size the sleeves using a pattern I drafted previously HERE

4) Sew the top back up using THIS method

5. Attach peplum at the waist. I used THIS method to draft the peplum

I hope you found this post helpful. Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO

 

 

 

7 Comments on Once upon a Dress

  1. Hola: It turned out beautiful. You can’t tell it’s a repurpose item. You always amaze me. It turned out sew lovely. I have often seen some garments at the thrift store that really pop out as far as the fabric goes. I will revisit those items now with a different prospective. The fabric can be repurpose and for the price tags at a thrift shop well worth the effort. Thanks sweetie.

    Blessings,
    Aracellis

    • Hola! Thank you so much. You are not going to beleive how many clothes I bought with the intention of re-purposing. The fabric choices at local fabric stores seem so limited. I always buy things that are too big with the intention of re-purposing them. I love thrifting too, although I am taking a break this year because of the RTW fast. Luckily when I was pregnant, I bought a lot of clothes with the intention to re-purpose.. so now I can just shop the repurpose bin in my closet 🙂

  2. Hola! Thank you so much. You are not going to beleive how many clothes I bought with the intention of re-purposing. The fabric choices at local fabric stores seem so limited. I always buy things that are too big with the intention of re-purposing them. I love thrifting too, although I am taking a break this year because of the RTW fast. Luckily when I was pregnant, I bought a lot of clothes with the intention to re-purpose.. so now I can just shop the repurpose bin in my closet 🙂

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