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DIY Peplum Top from Frumpy Dress

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Corduroy Dress to Jacket Refashion

While digging through my closet trying to find something to wear for work, I realized something…I have very few tops and almost only dresses.  

This makes days when I feel like wearing jeans a bit trickier than they should be.

When I plucked this black sweater dress off my refashion rack, I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to keep it as a dress or not.

jillian in diy peplum top before
Oh Pinot Noir…guide me in this decision!

I liked the neckline of this dress, as well as how soft, warm, and cozy the fabric was.  But…dress or top?  I really wasn’t sure which way I was going to go.

Let’s turn this frumpy dress into a DIY Peplum Top!

I got started by resizing the dress with the help of my dress form.

pinned dress. on dress form
Let the tailoring begin!

Then, I ran each side of the dress through my machine.

sewing side seam of dress

I chopped off the extra fabric from the sides…

cutting of extra fabric from side of dress
Choppy choppy!

…and now for the step that would take this dress into peplum top territory!

I cut off some of the fabric from the bottom of this dress. The leftover skirt part will be my new peplum!

cutting off bottom of dress
I regret nothing!

To complete this refashion, I ran the bottom raw edge of my new top through my serger.  

I could have just hemmed it, but I wanted my new top to have a more funky/edgy look to it. I think it looks pretty nifty now!  🙂

serging bottom hem of top
Edgy, no?

What do you think?

DIY Peplum top after
I think I made the right decision!
DIY Peplum top after full length
Fitted & Warm!

On a side note:  I was thinking about how when I first started this blog, it wasn’t so odd for someone to be snapping pics with an actual camera all the time.  

But now, when everyone pretty much just uses their phones, I tend to stand out a bit with my clunky Nikon…;)

refashionista taking selfie in mirror
It ain’t no big thing!

I don’t mind!  I want to take the best pics I can for you guys, even if selfies are a bit weird…

Mark Cox Columbia SC and Jillian
We do what we can!

My new top was perfect for an evening celebrating a good friend of mine starting his new job/celebrating a great week!

Jillian and friends
Eh… phone pics are okay too…on occasion! 🙂
jillian and friends
We’re so happy for Phillip! 🙂
Mark Cox, Jillian, David, Erin, Phillip and Jamie in Columbia SC


refashionista DIY Peplum Top refashion before and after
Graduating to New Levels of Lame
Corduroy Dress to Jacket Refashion