DIY: Transform a Skirt into a Strapless Peplum Blouse

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I love clothes, I love finding unique pieces that are cute and versatile. However, in this economic climate, sustaining my love of tea length skirts and peplum blouses are not top ten on my monthly budget. I, like most fashionistas-in-the-making are on a tight budget. With this hurdle, I have to either do without my retail fix, or find new cheap ways of making it happen, the answer…DIY!

Yes honey (in my Tamar voice), DIY is here to the rescue! I thank God for the day Pintrest was created. There are so many DIY projects just waiting to be attempted. I am not particularly crafty, but I am good with my hands, and I love turning things I envision into reality. I haven’t really attempted a project of this nature before, I was anxiously excited.

I wasn’t too sure how it would turn out, but I tried. And I loved the end result, you will too with a little effort and patience. If I did it, so can you! Here are the steps:

Step # 1 – Select the right Skirt

Select a skirt that is at least 1 ½ times the size of your breast. The skirt you choose must also be long enough to make the frilly peplum ends. The skirt fabric should be one that would not unravel when cut. I chose polyester – cotton blend fabric.

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 Step # 2 – Remove waist and zipper from Skirt

I chose a skirt with an elastic waist, so there was no hassle removing the waist. If you have another type of difficult-to-remove-waist in your skirt, simply cut off the waist completely. After removing the waist, remove the zipper gently. Keep the zipper; you may be able to reuse it.

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This should be the result:

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Step # 3 – Cut the Bodice and bottom of Peplum

Cut the fabric in two halves – One for the bodice and the other for the peplum. To get a snug fit, ensure that you do an accurate measurement of your bust.

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Measure your bust and add 2 inches on each side (back & front) for the zipper and other adjustments. Ensure that the bodice stops at the navel. To cut the bottom part of the peplum blouse, get a similar peplum blouse; trace the peplum on your cut fabric, cut as accurately as possible. Your finished product should look like a semi-circle when folded, and a full circle with a little circle in the middle when opened.

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Step # 4 – Add Zipper and Darts to bodice

Use the top half of the skirt for the bodice, iron out all previous hems. Cut the fabric at the seams, one for the front of the blouse and the other for the back. Cut the back part in half to make room for the zipper, here is a great zipper tutorial.

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The zipper should be facing down, this makes it easier to put on and off. After adding the zipper, join both pieces of fabric.

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Fold the fabric about half inch for the facing, iron the fold to ensure accuracy. Hem the facing.

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 Try on the bodice to ensure that everything is in order. If it fits snugly, proceed to add the peplum, if not, add darts to give a better fit, here is a great dart tutorial.

Step # 5: Connect Peplum to Bodice

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 Turn the bodice and peplum inside out. Sew the peplum to the base of the bodice. Ensure that the stitch that you use is secure enough to prevent separation of the top and bottom pieces. Cut the peplum at one of the seams (you should have two semi-circles connected at one end). Start sewing one side of the peplum to the bodice where the zipper starts. Leave about an inch for heming. Sew until the peplum is completely connected. An opening should be at the back of the blouse to facilitate the zipper.

Step # 6: Enjoy Your New Creation

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I love this piece, not only because I sew it by hand but because it is very cute and goes it almost everything.

I absolutely love my new strapless peplum blouse. I paired it with black jean, flip flops, red nails, and a pop of shimmer with my silver necklace and silver hoops (not visible).

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Black and White is very versatile, it can be paired with black pencil skirt and heels, red skirt or red jeans, yellow, basically any color you can think of.

I hope your peplum blouse turned out as great as mine did!

 Hope You Enjoyed 🙂

 

 

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The Sheath Dress

The Sheath dress is a type of dress that’s closely fitted to the body, its name is derived from its fit and silhouette. It is relatively unadorned, it usually fall on the knees or lower thighs. It has a straight, simple silhouette, defined waist and a skirt that fits snugly-either straight or pencil. A sheath dress elongates the body and suits just about every body type. It is very versatile and can be worn just about anywhere.

 This type of dress gives the wearer an elegant lady like look that is hard to mimic with other types of dresses. Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy Onassis is/were avid sheath dress wearers. They’re able to wear this type of dress to any event and never look dull or repetitive.

 A sheath, because it can be worn year-round, is a practical item to have in your wardrobe. A solid or multicolored sheath is perfect for the office, a business dinner, or even church. A lower cut more risqué sheath can be worn on a date, a girl’s night out, dinner with friends, or a banquet etc.

Here are a few ways to wear your sheath dress.

Layered

 

Sheath Dress w Blazer

A sheath dress is a perfect platform with which you can explore your fashion skills. A sheath layered with a blazer transforms your simple dress into a chic, stylish outfit. Layering should not be limited to blazers, explore, add a scarf or a cardigan to breathe new life into your sheath.

Belted

 

Belted Sheath

Adding a belt to any dress instantaneously transforms it. Belting ads definition and brings attention to and accentuate the waist giving the wearer the illusion of having the enviable hour glass silhouette.

 With Statement Shoe

 

Sheath with Statment Shoe

Any outfit can be made better with a statement shoe. A statement shoe is the focal point of the outfit, it should stand out, as such, other accessories should be mild and understated. A statement shoe gives the sheath dress a more edgy, glamorous look.

Printed

 

Printed Sheath

A printed sheath dress suits any body type, as it is perfect for disguising any problem area(s). When selecting a print, ensure that it is not too busy or over crowed. The accessories with which you pair this sheath, should be understated or non-existent. The dress should be the focal point, adding too much of or the wrong accessories my cause the outfit to look frumpy or way too busy.

With Bold Accessories

 

Sheath With Bright Accesories

As stated earlier, a sheath is a perfect canvas (because of its design and silhouette), as such a simple sheath, can be paired with bright bold accessories to add dimension and character to your outfit. It is advised that you choose a complimentary color or colors that enhance the dress instead of creating a messy tragedy.

However you decide to wear your Sheath, have fun with it!

Reference: http://www.ehow.com/about_5043239_sheath-dress.html

 Hope You Enjoyed 🙂