I might have a new love.
The peplum……..it’s flirty and flattering.
What could be better?
I started with this knit thrift store dress that I purchased for (you guessed it) fifty cents on half price Wednesday at my local thrift store. YAY! The dress was frumpy and a little big, but the knit was scrumpiously soft and I liked the color and the embroidered detail. I knew someday, just the right project would come along for this……..
aaaaaaaaannnnnnd a peplum it is!!
First, cut off the skirt leaving enough for a seam allowance.
If your dress fits up top, you can skip the next four steps.
If you need to resize like I did, cut off the sleeves.
Turn the shirt inside out, then pin and sew the sides and shoulders to fit.
Turn the sleeves inside out and pin and sew the seam to fit.
Trim all your new seams.
If your armhole is still too big, put in a dart before reattaching the sleeves.
Right sides together, pin and sew the sleeves back into the armholes.
Cut the hem off the bottom of the dress.
Now for the peplum:
At first glance it might look like I just added a ruffle, but a peplum is a little different from a regular ruffle. It has to be cut on the bias so it will give you the nice flounce effect.
First, measure your waist and divide that by 6.28. This will give you the distance to measure from the corner of your fabric.
Fold the bottom of the skirt in half (so the side seams are actually together in the middle now). Measure and mark your distance from the corner of the fold to create an arc.
Then measure and mark the desired length of your peplum from the first mark to create another arc.
Cut along both lines to create half of your peplum. Repeat this on the other side of the skirt bottom so you have two identical pieces.
When you unfold each piece, you will have two long arcs. Right sides together, sew along the two short edges.
Right sides together, pin and sew the smaller arc of the peplum to the bottom of the shirt bodice. Depending on your fabric, you could add some bias tape to the bottom of the peplum if you think it might fray, but the knit I was using was laying nicely and wasn’t fraying so I think I can skip this step.
Now you’ve got another possible option for your New Year’s Eve celebrations.
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