Saturday, September 14, 2013

80's Top to Floral Peplum Refashion

When I first saw this shirt at a garage sale for a dollar I was immediately brought back to the 80's - mall bangs, french rolled jeans, jellies. 

I admit this top isn't all that bad.  Minus the shoulder pads, it's actually kind of cute.  But...  I had other plans for it.  Because the bottom was already gathered, I could see that it would be an easy sleeveless peplum top refashion.  I began by getting rid of those outdated shoulder pads.  I'm starting to get quite a collection, and I need to think of a way to reuse the.  Any ideas?

Once I freed the shirt of its pads, I cut the sleeve off of one side. In order to make both sides even, I folded the top in half and used this sleeve to cut the sleeve on the opposite side. 

And I ended up with mostly even cuts on both sides.

I wasn't too keen on the buttons down the front, so I put the top backwards on my dress form.

As for the collar, I just eyed it and cut a curved neckline. Next, I sized and pinned up the sides for a nice snug fit.  I noticed some bulge around the breast area so I pinned in some darts on each side.

 After the sides and darts were stitched up, I stitched a hem for the collar and sleeves.  In less than an hour I had a cute and stylish floral peplum top. It was a perfect top for a Friday sunset on the beach.

Back view.


  1. Fabulous transformation! I have started following after seeing you on the list for the Runway Refashioning series coming up. I'm excited to see what you will come up with. It is such a fun thing to follow. Good luck!

  2. Thank you for your comment and welcome to my blog! I've just started it, and I'm so excited to see it grow. I'm looking forward to your comments on the upcoming Refashion Runway challenges.

  3. This is one of my favorites! I love the colors.

  4. You can make the shoulder pads into little mice stuffed with catnip and donate them to your local shelter. You can also make them into sunglasses cases. I saw both of those over at


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