7.29.2012

DIY: a thrift find dress to a peplum dress

I got this dress at a thrift store for $4.  I liked the color and knew it had potential.  

I tend to go through "obsessions" with clothes, like two years ago, it was ruffles.  Starting last year, it's been peplum.  I already own 9 items of peplum clothing but it's just not enough!  So I had to make this into a peplum dress.


My favorite part?  I made the peplum detachable so I can wear it two ways:



Directions: 
*with the peplum design, I used a pattern similar to this one, except I didn't round the edges of the fabric.

After:
Photographs by Jessica Peterson.  


What you'll need:
-bigger/longer dress
-hook & eye closure
-matching thread
-scissors
-a sewing machine/needle & thread

Estimated time: 1.5-2 hrs.
Budget: $4
Skill level: intermediate


65 comments:

  1. You're doing amazing things!Have a nice day ;)

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  2. So cute! I love the color

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  3. SHUT UP! This is amazing. And that is totally your color, girl.

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  4. I love that you were able to make it detachable,now u can wear it even if peplum goes out of fashion! Is there a button at the back? how does it come off?

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    1. Thank you! There's a hook & eye closure in the back. :)

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    2. This is Sarah. I guess I'm logged in my husband's account haha.

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  5. oh so beautiful! The color suits you prettily :) I just made my first tutorial with the same color of dress too!

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  6. You're amazing! I love this DIY!!

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  7. You are so talented! Love it!!

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  8. You are amazing. What else is there to say?!

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  9. I love your blog because it reminds me what a little work can do to make something beautiful without breaking the bank! Thank you for the inspiration!

    -Peggy

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  10. You are amazing! I just finished my Anthropologie squeezebox top following your tutorial. I love your projects, you are so talented!

    If you want to see how it turned out, please visit my page on FB:
    www.facebook.com/shoppingdiet

    Thanks,
    Tanya

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  11. I can't say I've ever been a fan of the peplum look, but this post has changed my mind! It looks so darling and the entire dress/outfit looks amazing on you. Thanks for posting!

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  12. You are AMAZING! MY little sister just introduced me to your blog and I can't believe how incredible it is. I'm excited to keep reading. This dress is so cute. I love it!

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you for reading my blog!

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  13. Brilliant! I love the idea of 2 in one piece! Hope to see you DIY from you. :)

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  14. Just fabulous!! I love both versions!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love this so much! This look looks so great on you!
    www.mustardmeyellow.christalbridge.com

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  16. You did a super job here it looks great,thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

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  17. Found your post on Take a Look Tuesday! Love this Idea!

    thenouxrejekt.com

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  18. This is stunning! I totally want a dress with detachable peplum now! I don't know if I have the sewing skills to pull it off though. I might have to give it a try anyway :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm sure it'll turn out great! Please let me know if you try it, I would love to see it. :)

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  19. Beautiful! I love it both ways!

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  20. This is incredibly impressive! Beautiful :)

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  21. I'm really impressed :) You created a beautiful dress!

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  22. this is so well structured and just super classy! nice find and great transformation!!

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  23. Question: It looks like the dress has seams running down the front, but I can't tell if they were there to begin with...can you clarify for me? And also the zipper in the back- was that there or did you add it? (You did a wonderful job by the way!!! Simply amamzing!) Thanks!!

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    1. Hi!

      you're right, it has two side seams running down in the front. the side seams, and the zipper in the back were all there to begin with. so I just sewed the sides smaller and shortened the sleeve length and the bottom hem length. hope that helps and thanks for your kind words!

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    2. Sarah, I think she's talking about the darts near the bust. Were those there originally?

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    3. Yes, all the darts/seams were there originally. I didn't do anything do the dress except tailor it. :)

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  24. You are a genius! The dress looks amazing, I'm gonna try it but I doubt it'll look anything like yours.

    xoxo
    http://twentyysomething.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm sure yours will turn out great! Best luck!

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  25. What an awesome, awesome, awesome dress! You seriously rock at the sewing machine - and it's totally the right style for you too. Don't need any Calvin Klein dresses anymore, wearing that to your HS reunion would have been so cool! xo Anja @ cocalores.blogspot.com

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  26. I could never do this...I'm not a sewer, but I am so impressed with what you did. Quite a transformation...a really beautiful dress. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

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    1. Thank you, you are so sweet! You should start sewing! :)

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  27. Love the dress ADORE the shoes!!!!!!

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  28. This is amazing!! You are so seriously so adorable and talented!!!

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  29. Wow!! It has such a retro 40's shape now. I love it.

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  30. That is insanely amazing. I think it's brilliant that you looked at that dress and saw what you did. Beautiful revamp.

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  31. So cute! You did an amazing job! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  32. This is gorgeous! It is crazy that you made this beautiful dress out of the frumpy thing. Love!!! Thanks for sharing on Blog Stalking Thursday!

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  33. Fabulous & I love the versatility :)
    x

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  34. Thank you for sharing with us on A Crafty Soiree, I've featured your project this week. Please come by and see if when you get a chance.

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  35. Wow! What a fantastic transformation! Thanks for the tutorial. I might just be brave enough to try this.

    I’d love it if you shared this at my linky party on Friday at OneCreativeMommy.com.

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  36. You are so talented! I LOVE everything you do! You've got style ;)

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  37. What an excellent refashion! It fits you beautifully and looks great!

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  38. I've been reading your blog for awhile but have yet to comment. I'm ending that streak right now to tell you how completely great that dress is and how completely great you look in it!

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    1. Oh yay, thank you for leaving a comment, I appreciate it so much! Thank you for your encouraging words, it means a lot to me, and I hope to see you more often! ;)

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  39. Super cute! I have a thrift store dress I wanted to do the exact same thing to, so this is inspiring, especially the detachable peplum! thank you for sharing!

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  40. I've been reading your blog for a while and I've followed several of your tutorials (the ruffle around me top, the striped sequin shirt and now this peplum dress). I'm always amazed by your talent. I posted a picture of the dress on my blog: http://keeptheparksfamilyweird.blogspot.com/2012/10/repurposing-mania.html
    if you're interested in looking at it! : )

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  41. This is FANTASTIC! I've actually just blogged about a peplum dress and have mentioned your blog post in it!!! :)

    Would you mind checking my blog out and let me know what you think??

    www.thepulseoffashion.blogspot.com xx

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  42. The removable peplum is so so so clever !!!! It looks wonderful. Well done

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  43. amazing!!! :) will surely try!

    http://glamshutter.blogspot.in

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  44. Oh my gosh! I love how you made the peplum detachable! That is just pure genius! Great idea and great execution - thanks for sharing! (:

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    life
    romance

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  46. Anonymous6/03/2013

    This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. My jaw is on the floor. I got a sewing machine for Christmas and have so far made a handful of skirts/maxi skirts, a shirt, and tailored many shirts/jackets. I LOVE refashioning my clothes, but this transformation thoroughly impresses me. I love the removable peplum as well-brilliant! I'm a new follower!

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  48. My jaw is on the floor. I got a sewing machine for Christmas and have so far made a handful of skirts/maxi skirts, a shirt, and tailored many shirts/jackets. I LOVE refashioning my clothes, but this transformation thoroughly impresses me. I love the removable peplum as well-brilliant! I'm a new follower!

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  49. Fantastic, fantastic! Really nice blog

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  50. Hi Sarah!!! Just found you throught this lady: http://refashionco-op.blogspot.pt/2014/03/pleated-skirt-to-spring-shirt.html
    I'm now a new follower!!! Just amazing what you did with this dress!!!!
    Congratulations!!
    Kisses from Portugal

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  51. vVery, very, very impressive!!! When I saw the before and after...I couldn't believe it...great job :)

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