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Top: DIY, using Vogue 1269, similar, similar, similar

 Skirt : DIY , self-drafted, similar, similar

Shoes : Payless , similar, similar, similar

Bag : Kate Spade, similar, similar

 Earrings : Banana Republic

 Watch : Bulova


Now I know I always tell you guys that I am really excited about an outfit post when it features something I made, but I have to tell you that I am really, really excited about today’s outfit post. I absolutely adore the peplum trend, but haven’t had much luck with it myself.  The regular sized peplum tops I found that were reasonably priced, were way too short and small on me or the material used was too thin and when I ordered a “tall” size peplum top from topshop online, the flounce didn’t sit in the right spot on me. I thought this would be a trend that I would just have to let pass me by.  That is until I realized I had the  power to make my own. 😉 So not only did I make the peplum top, I decided to make a matching pencil skirt  to pair with it as well.   I love how it looks like a dress when paired together, but I can still wear the top and skirt as separates as well.  The real kicker to this outfit is that it only cost me $14 to make.  I used 3 yards of a cotton stretch knit material I found at my trusty old friend, Wal-Mart. You may recall I made a maxi dress in a previous post out of this same material.  This top and skirt were so easy to make.  I didn’t even use a pattern for the skirt, I just used the left over material from my top, cut out a rectangular shape close to my size by eyeballing it and then added elastic to the top of it. The peplum top I made from Vogue pattern V1269 which is actually a pattern for a jacket and a dress, but I made a few tweaks to the jacket pattern, to make it into a shirt and it worked.

DSC00501_ppThank you for reading!