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Minty linen peplum top from a dress pattern!

Oh, Oregon spring... 80 degrees one day, pouring rain for 20 minutes one crazy morning a few days later, sunny again, 36 degrees as I drove to work the other day, then forecasted for 90 this weekend... I'm making the best of it, though, and have already pulled out my summer clothes and started making some new ones!

Last summer I made this lovely lightweight denim ruffle/peplum top from a fave dress pattern and I absolutely love it! But as I've mentioned recently, I've decided I really need to get some more colors and interesting textures in my wardrobe cause most of what I wear is black, grey, or denim. Not great for getting in the spring mood.

When I made that top I used the bodice from Simplicity 1873 as my pattern, but I cut out a size too big and I didn't add the waist darts. But, that pattern has nice bust darts so the top still had good shape. This time, I was using bias-cut fabric that used to be a skirt (!) so I was very limited on fabric and used the bias. I tried the same technique, not adding the waist darts, but with the bias that made the top HUGE! So I took the skirt off, added the front and back waist darts, and put the skirt back on--and it fits great. Pulls over the head without a zipper but still has a nice fitted shape.

Also because of the limited fabric and because it's linen so it's perfect with raw edges and a little more casual look, I cut the neck and armholes without the seam allowance and didn't hem them at all! I used a very slightly darker aqua thread to show off the exposed edge.

This linen is so nice to work with and wear!

And it totally calls for breaking out the white jeans. I love white jeans.

Aqua and white could look too sweet, so I made it a little edgy with the aviators and of course, trusty jean jacket!

Pattern: Simplicity 1873
  • Made up a peplum skirt instead of the skirt
  • Cut it all on the bias
  • Cut the neck and arms lower to remove the seam allowance and did the whole thing unlined

Based on how much I love the denim version from last year, I think this top will have quite the versatile life!

You can shop these spring/summer staples to go with your DIY tops this season here!

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