While thinking about which refashion to do next, I realized I've done mostly dresses. And while I really like dresses, I don't get to go many places to wear them. So, for this project, I decided to transform a $1 Goodwill dress into a Peplum top. I've seen peplum tops everywhere lately. Anthropology has them for around $58 each. (yikes!)
But first, I decided to go to Goodwill and find a pair of red capri pants that would go with my future peplum top. I lucked out and found a pair of red capri pants in my size.
The dress I used was 3 sizes too big for me.
So the first thing I did was to try on the dress inside out. I looked in the mirror and pinched the sides of the dress until it "fit" and measured how much fabric I needed to trim off the sides. Then I laid the dress in the floor and pinned up the sides and sewed. I trimmed the excess fabric off and used a zig zag stitch on the raw edges.
I tried the dress on again (right side out) and measured how far down I wanted the finished top to be. I laid the dress on the floor again and cut to the desired shirt length.
I put the excess fabric aside because I would use it as the peplum part of the shirt.
Then I tried the shirt on AGAIN. At this point, I measured from the neckline to 1" above my belly button. (This measurement for me was 13") This is where I wanted the seam for my peplum. I took off the shirt and cut where I measured 1" above my belly button.
Then I did some math. I knew what length I wanted the finished shirt to be and I knew how long the shirt was at this point, so I had to figure out how long the peplum needed to be. For me it was 8".
Next, I cut the excess fabric to 8" long for the peplum. Then I put it in my sewing machine to put in a gathering stitch to make it "ruffle-y".
I turned the shirt inside out and the peplum fabric inside out. I matched up the seams and pinned the peplum to the top. I tried it on again just to make sure I didn't mess up the seam like I did with this dress . Liking what I saw, I sewed them together. It worked! YAY! =) I trimmed the excess fabric from the seam (to cut down on the extra bulk) and used a zig zag seam to clean up the look on the inside.
However, the top still needed something else to make it more fitted. So I decided to add two darts to the front.
(I'm glad I used tan thread. If I had used black, it would have been impossible to see the stitches.)
I tried it on for a final time and was super happy to see that it turned out exactly as I wanted.
Don't ya just love when you do something right?
The total cost of my outfit was $4.76. ($1.06 for the dress I used to make the top and $3.70 for the capris).
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