Black & White Peplum Top - Version 2.0! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Black & White Peplum Top - Version 2.0!

Like yesterday's post, this is another project that I squirreled away for a while now.  I actually completed it right after the peplum skirt, partially because I felt like I needed to get the first challenge in order and partially because the first version was taunting me!

Here's my second crack at the black & white challenge!  While I don't love love it, I think it would be a perfectly cute top under a cropped cardigan during the fall months.

If you want to read about the pattern and fabric, here is the full post on the original.  Last time, I just snapped a low quality picture on my phone of the first top just before my flight to Europe.  This time, I included a close-up of the fabric below!

By the way, I bought for (you guessed it) less than $1 per yard.  The invisible zipper was probably around 20 cents, so this top is less than $2 thanks to my swap meet skills.  :)

See, it's just a little bit of a fuzzy knit, so not the best choice for summer.  Fall's just around the corner though!

As you may remember, these were the problems that I encountered with the first, which are all fixed!

  1. Strange sleeve length.
  2. Weird collar, which resembled a bow tie (in a bad way).
  3. Too high peplum.

Cute side view, but I definitely should have ironed it a little before the photos.  I forgot yet again!

The fixes that I employed were the following:

  1. Cut down the sleeves to make a traditional tank length.  This was a little awkward because it was designed as almost a raglan sleeve, but I did my best and it looks okay!
  2. Convert the high neck and collar into a more flattering scoopneck, which involved cutting the whole thing off.  Somewhere in my scrap stash, there is a floppy collar...
  3. I didn't have to do a thing!  Once I removed the restrictive neck, the fabric seemed to settle to a more flattering length.  Either that or somehow I got shorter?

Here's a back view, which looks horrendous on Lily but better on me.  I didn't pull the top down evenly, leading to a weird humped left shoulder.  Oops!


Overall, definitely a big improvement because the other version just made me feel like a stuffed sausage.  It may come out of the closet sometime, but it hasn't yet due to the warm weather.


I do love the silhouette and I like the paneling concept even if it is a bit strange due to my pattern alterations.  It's almost a like I had a warm up for the refashioning challenge!

On a side note, the neckline was a big problem for me because I tried to use a French curve without any sort of direction.  I asked Cheryl at Sew Can Do today and she gave me a few sources that I'm going to read through pretty soon.

Any hints for a French curve beginner out there?


  1. That looks great! I wish I could sew something besides a straight line. I rock at curtains though. :)

  2. Thanks! It's not impossible to dive into garments once you know how to thread a machine and sew a straight line. I haven't attempted curtains yet, so you're definitely more experienced than me!

  3. I love your contrasting side panels! I'm not a huge fan of high waistlines either- but this ones cute.
    I'm behind on my blog reading, but I popped in from Diana Rambles to see:) good visiting ya!

  4. Thanks! It was definitely an attempt to refashion a sewing fail, and I'm glad that it worked. :)

  5. I have never been a huge fan of houndstooth but this is cute. I like the side panels in black contrast.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  6. You're amazing at this sewing lark! I wish I had more time to devote to getting to know my sewing machine.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  7. This top is eye-catching. I love the details.

    Visiting from Raising Imperfection and following via Bloglovin'

    Barbara @

  8. Lovely top Diane! I haven't tried French curves myself so can't help you there - good luck!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!

    Hope you have a fabulous week!

    Jill @ Creating my way
    to Success

  9. This top turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  10. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button:

  11. It was definitely overwhelming in my first design, but this is much better!

  12. Thank you so much! Get to know her, she won't bite, as long as you keep your fingers at a safe distance! :)

  13. Thank you! I actually saw someone with a somewhat similar top, but I naturally thought that mine was cuter. :)

  14. Thanks so much! Hopefully, I'll get the French curve practice that I so desperately need!

  15. Thanks so much! I'll definitely stop by. :)


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