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How to Remove a Peplum from a Dress

Happy St. Pat's Vol. 2!
Perfect Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion

I’m so excited to show you my chosen frock for St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you like it?

That's right!  :)
That’s right! 🙂

When I scored this dress for a mere dollar, I knew it was exactly what I needed to celebrate a fun day with friends!

Now, clearly this dress has a few issues, but methinks I can get them taken care of in time to get my drink on!  🙂

I didn’t like anything about the top of this dress.  As temps were in the 70’s, I decided some choppage was in order!


Some of you are really going to hate what I did next…which was remove the peplum (I know some of you love ’em).


There are a couple of reasons for this.  First, I hate peplums.  Yes, I’ve done several refashions where I’ve left a peplum in tact, but that was really more for your benefit than mine (I’m selfless like that).  Also, I knew I’d be taking this dress in from the sides, and that peplum would just get in the way.  So…off it went!

I snipped really carefully, but you could still see where the peplum had been cut.

Messy!  :(
Messy! 🙁

No biggie!  I turned the dress inside-out and restitched the seam between the skirt and the top (sort of like a french seam).

This'll hide the mess!  :)
This’ll hide the mess! 🙂

I hemmed the raw edge on the top of the dress…


…then I got to work on taking in the sides!

Getting it nice & fitted!
Getting it nice & fitted!
...almost done!!!!
…almost done!!!!

I must apologize for failing to photograph what I did next.  🙁  I added two green halter straps to the front of the dress from a tshirt I was also working on refashioning.  

You can only barely see them in the after pics, as my hair is covering them up.  Just know they’re there and they look just fine (promise!).  🙂

Check out that dress now!

Mmmmm!  Sassy!
Mmmmm! Sassy!

My new frock was perfect for a St. Pat’s party with pals!  🙂

how to remove a peplum from a dress after
Green with envy?
...just a normal face for Jacques!
…just a normal face for Jacques
Hi over there!
Hi over there!
Heeeere's Jonny!  :)
Heeeere’s Jonny! 🙂
I'm short.  :(
I’m short. 🙁


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Happy St. Pat's Vol. 2!
Perfect Little Black Sweater Dress Refashion