To Peplum or not to Peplum…

I’ve seen a lot of peplum tops and dresses around.  There are even skirts, shorts, jackets.  I don’t know what I think about the trend.  I was born in the 80s and I know that these peplum things came straight out of that era.  Some fashions just shouldn’t be given a new life… like hammer pants.  (http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=hammer%20pants) I have seen some current saggy crotch pants… I just can’t get on board with that one.  But, the peplum… sometimes I think it looks really chic and cool and sometimes I think it looks old fashioned and frumpy.  I think I might like it.

Well, I came across this dress and thought it was pretty cool. 

https://i1.wp.com/images.little-mistress.co.uk/images/products/zoom/1367935088-57665600.jpg
http://www.little-mistress.co.uk/clothing-c9/paper-dolls-c76/cream-pleated-sash-neckline-peplum-detail-dress-p778

I decided to give it a try.  I don’t want to spend money on something I may hate, so I decided to try making it.

I looked through my stash and found NO light colored fabric, let alone the right weight and texture.  I settled on just a trial version using this teal color.  Then I decided to try another coffee date dress, changing the neckline, changing the skirt, adding a peplum, changing the ruffle, and adding sleeves.  That’s what I did to get to this. Image

I don’t know what size to cut and the pattern does not include seams, so I just kinda winged it.  I cut the biggest size without seams and figured that might do the trick.  It worked pretty well.  If I were to do it again, though, (and I might) I’d add some length to the bodice and add some seam allowance under the arms.ImageI’m still missing my camera, so these pictures are terrible.  Grr!  I think my kiddos made off with it.  That or we left it in Idaho.  I am pretty sure it made its way home, though.ImageI don’t think I will ever wear this out in public.  I just don’t know if I’m brave enough.  Maybe I’ll try to get some cream fabric, like the original dress, and make another.Image

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