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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. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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New fave peplum tank, before summer's over

I know, I know, it's almost fall... but it's still been in the 80's and 90's here, and I'm not ready for burgundy and corduroy yet. So before summer's over, officially and effectively, I have to share this top with you!

I made this a few weeks ago and have already worn it three times, I like it so much! Would have shared it earlier, but... moving and all... speaking of still living in summer, I haven't read all of my August magazines yet, but my September InStyle will be there when I get to it (--as will the stack of October magazines I just got! Aaack!). And I didn't get quite enough summer yet anyway, so I'm a little in denial that it'll be boot weather soon.

So--my new fave peplum tank, and maybe if I'm lucky I'll get one more wearing out of it before I feel ridiculous walking around in bright blue sleeveless. So, if you remember, I made this top earlier this summer (worn here), using a basic dress pattern and making only the bodice plus a circle skirt peplum. It's so, so cute! I love the simple fabric but it still pulls an outfit together immediately because it's so cheery and fun. So I really wanted another peplum top, but in a different vein...

I had this very plain bright blue quilter's cotton I got at JoAnn on super cheap, just an impulse buy because I liked the color. I normally don't use quilter's cotton for clothing; doesn't lay right or hold up in my experience, but I wanted to play with a pleated front bodice and this plain fabric was perfect. I used Simplicity 1913 again for the front and back bodice pieces (lining), cut the front wider, put in tucks of various--but symmetrical--sizes. Then I added the little circle skirt, and voila!

Close-up!

So thanks for everything, yellow seersucker, but I have a new fave peplum tank. At least for the next week or so of summer. ;)

18 comments

  1. I would totally wear that in the winter with a shorter black blazer (for nice but not fancy evening). I know the fabric isn't quite right but I love bringing out a surprise bright color for holiday events. My favorite "winter" sweater is approximately that shade of blue with silver pearl embellishments.

    Beautiful top, I really want one now!

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    1. Ooh, thanks for the ideas! It would be fun for a holiday party, maybe with black velvet?

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  2. Anonymous9/19/2012

    That is beautiful...the color, the cut, everything. Zipper in the back?

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    1. Thanks! Yep, invisible zipper in the center back seam.

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  3. I love that color too and the pleats look so good!

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  4. Gorgeous! You could definitely get a few more wears this fall with a cardi or shrug over top! Would be adorable over a black pencil skirt!

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  5. I love your top!! The blouse and especially the pintucks! Simply lovely! The blue could brighten up the mood in fall.

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  6. Adorable and great color!

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  7. That is so cute! Nice job. And I'm with you on the summer thing. It's been a weird yet wonderfully warm Portland September. I'm still trying to wear my summer clothes as much as possible. :)

    Niki
    http://www.nikis-notebook.blogspot.com

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  8. I like the colour of your new top. And I love the tucks, it's a great idea to use various sizes. Pinned it to remember this as a sewing inspiration.

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  9. WAY cute! I'd love to make one of those for myself. Great color, too!

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  10. Love the pleats! Great job. It'll go into the fall well paired with the right accessories/cardigan.

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  11. Wow, it is gorgeous. Well done.

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  12. Thanks, ladies! Appreciate the ideas for bringing it into fall!

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  13. So cute! I love how the little tucks add excitement to the solid color! xo,

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  14. Anonymous9/22/2012

    I've been following your blog for about a year now and it's taken me that long to figure out who you remind me off. With your hair up it is most obvious. Annie Clark.

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