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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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Springy seersucker peplum tank

Whoops--you may have seen this earlier this week but had to refine and share again!

It might sound like a weird combination, but I'm totally excited about the peplum tank I made over the weekend.  So here's the story.  Inspired by this top from Anthro...

I'm not sure I could pull off the stretch knit in pure white... but I liked the idea a lot!  I'm totally about the peplum trend, but I don't wear dresses all the time... so a peplum on a top seems a lot more practical.

So.  I set about recreating it myself.  Rather than a darted bodice, I wanted it less structured-looking--so I used princess-seamed Simplicity 1913, and cut down the scoop neck.

For the peplum, I cut a circle skirt with no pattern--just a very short skirt!  Same concept as a circle skirt on a dress.

Like I said, I didn't want pure white, but I liked the faint texture of the Anthro ponte knit.  I had some yellow seersucker left over from a bunch of wedding projects (center squares, boutonnieres, and triangle bunting with words), and it was perfect!  I lined it in a nice white cotton.

Here it is!

I debated center back or side, but I ended up putting the zipper in the center back.  I also cut a deeper scoop in the center back--also making it more tank-like and a little more casual.

Yay!  Perfect for early summer!

23 comments

  1. the idea sounds really weird, but it looks sooo cute. especially the colour is adorable to your skin and the hair. I love the look :)

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  2. That is JUST ADORABLE! You have me obsessing over peplums even though I don't know if they will suit my body shape i wanna give it a try!!!

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    1. Cool!! I think they're flattering on a lot of people but sort of sound scary for some depending on your shape... worth a shot!

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  3. Sweet!
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    Xx
    Callie

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  4. Very cute! I love it in the seersucker too! It's such a great shape - that peplum and I imagine that it looks great alone, like pictured here and with load of other things like jackets and such! Awesome idea!
    xoxo, Sunni

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I do wonder what I'll put over it...

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  5. Ummmm love!!!! Make me one and I will buy it from you!!!!! XOOX

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  6. Sweet mercy that is an adorable top! I really need to stop making dresses and start tackling the separates agenda. Thanks for the kick in the butt.

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    1. Aaaah, so hard, right?! Dresses are the most fun. But it's great to have DIY'ed stuff to wear with jeans!

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  7. ugh girl. Perfetc, I love love love this. YOu and me need to partner on a fashion project, that would kind of make my life!

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  8. I love peplum tops (and jackets). They're my fav way to do this style.

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  9. i love it! how much fabric did you use?

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    1. Thanks! Uh, no idea.. less than a yard, I think! The peplum takes a good amount because it's cut like a very short circle skirt. I lined it in a white lining.

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  10. This looks lovely on you, I love the peplum

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  11. Wow I love it! Just goes to show how you can be so creative with an existing pattern. I've had a similar idea on my mind lately actually. This turned out lovely! :D

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    1. Thanks! Go for it, new ideas with old patterns are great!

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  12. Hey!! thanks for stopping by my blog ... I don't have a twitter account (crazy right?!?) but thanks for asking ... like your blog, you got some seriously awesome stuff on here!! Love the peplum top you made, really cute!!
    jess
    JESS CAUSE BLOG

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  13. I love this top! I found this post thru Pinterest and I love what you did. Now I want one too:) New follower & fellow sewer here:)

    -Reyna
    http://www.glamglory.blogspot.com

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  14. i bought this pattern and am making a dress out of it.
    it doesn't fit my bust, it seems like the nipple line is on the side of the dress, rather then the middle.
    can you help me?

    please email me: bellatheowl{at}gmail{dot}com

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