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.
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.
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.
To accessorize, I added this bag for another pop of color and also because oversized bows are always en vogue.
Love how the zipper on the top matches the hardware on the purse 🙂
I even had a modest Marilyn Monroe moment thanks to the wind.
Here is the dress that was used for this re-purpose:
Design details below for anyone who wants to make a peplum 🙂
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.
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!