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Denim Peplum Top + Skirt set

Added Jul 31, 2012

by SachiDespic

Ithaca, New York...






I am loving the peplum fever this season! When I saw this pretty peplum top and skirt set on Burda’s 08/2012 issue, I had to run to the fabric store immidiately!

I changed the neckline and did bodice alterations to fit my upper half better (I ended up adding side darts). I love the shape of the peplum because it covers my behind nicely ;)

I also LOVE the pencil skirt…it tapers down and it is very flattering!! A nice, basic skirt to wear with everything I made so far this summer!

Plus, my husband LOVES this outit so I think it’s safe to say this is a trendy outfit men can love, too!!


Material Notes

Strech denim




Spring, Summer, Fall
Casual, Classic

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    Sep 12, 2012, 03.04 PMby sewzgud

    @SachiDespic Check out Richard Chai yellow skirt: http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/new-york-fashion-week-coverage-day-1 The flounce is interesting. If the top seamline of the flounce had an even more pronounced curve (high at the center, curving down to each side), it could be made into an interesting peplum, too…

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      Sep 13, 2012, 06.35 PMby SachiDespic

      Yes, the skirt is really cute! It reminded me of Vogue 1170 pattern which I will probably use soon…

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    Aug 20, 2012, 12.24 PMby hardlyangel

    I love your fabric choice and how this looks on you! :) These patterns are on my to do list, cus my boyfriend liked them too and told me I just had to make it! :) Guess it definitely is a sexy trend!!!

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      Aug 24, 2012, 03.49 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!
      and yes, boys love it too! This is my husband’s favorite outfit on me this summer! :)

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    Aug 15, 2012, 08.25 AMby Livonet

    Another question: Did you add lining to part 27, the cap sleeve? Thanks so much, sorry for bothering you, I am nearly done with this project, and I have teached myself so much.

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      Aug 16, 2012, 03.25 AMby SachiDespic

      I did not add lining to the sleeves because I wanted the sleeves to stay stretchy (I used stretch denim). but sometimes I do add linings to cap sleeves (when the fabric is thin, or I want to “bag” the sleeve hems), so it’s really up to your fabric and preference. Congrats on your nearly finished outfit!! I’m looking forward to seeing it!:)

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    Aug 12, 2012, 07.27 PMby sewzgud

    Beautiful dress (w/perfect alterations!) I’d like to draft the top to change it to a zip-front jacket to wear w/skinny jeans!

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      Aug 12, 2012, 10.14 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!! A zip-front jacket sounds like a really cool idea!!

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    Aug 11, 2012, 02.55 PMby 1sewingprincess

    I love your version! I hope to make it this fall. The pink areas in your picture meant that you removed or added that part? I am still improving my fitting skills and would love your advice. Thanks!

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      Aug 12, 2012, 10.13 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!! yes, pink parts are what I added for ful bust adjustment. I followed the book called “Fit for Real People” :)

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    Aug 10, 2012, 04.05 PMby Karlene Von Dolling

    Awesome…. were can I get this pattern… I have a wedding in 1 week & havent got anything to wear & I am not near any shops … so so pretty

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      Aug 12, 2012, 10.11 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!! I traced it from Burda magazine, but they sell it online, too! Congratulations on your wedding!!

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    Aug 9, 2012, 01.49 AMby Pinkie498

    I loove this and you! You look totally gorgeous! Beautiful job sis!

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      Aug 9, 2012, 09.12 PMby SachiDespic

      Thanks, sis!! I love you and miss you so much!!

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    Aug 6, 2012, 01.00 PMby trploceanmoon

    AWESOME JOB! I love it!! you look amazing! I will be making a variation of this one for my daughter.

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      Aug 8, 2012, 04.38 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!! I’m sure your daughter will love it too!! Lucky girl… ;)

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    Aug 6, 2012, 10.11 AMby squirrellypoo

    Gorgeous! I totally want to make this from the August issue, too! Thanks so much for showing your pattern alterations, too. :)

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      Aug 8, 2012, 04.37 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!! Hope to see your version soon!! :)

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    Aug 6, 2012, 06.22 AMby Livonet

    Hello, Amazing job you have done.!! beautifull.!!! I have a question: The Peplum top doesnt have seam allowance, is that correct? based on your experience.

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      Aug 8, 2012, 04.37 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!!
      I traced the pattern from Magazine, so it does not have seam allowance. If you are downloading from the web, usually “Burda Magazine Patterns” do not have seam allowance. Hope that helps!!

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    Aug 4, 2012, 11.20 PMby Naa Yaborley Mensah

    it’s amazing!

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    Aug 2, 2012, 09.25 PMby saxsilverain

    this set is so lovely! they look so gorgeous on you! :)

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    Aug 2, 2012, 11.19 AMby Auriane

    So chic! I love it!

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    Aug 2, 2012, 06.26 AMby Kikell

    LOVE IT! Stunning…

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    Aug 2, 2012, 01.55 AMby mwelland

    Nice job with the alteration. This looks fantastic on you, and the choice of fabric is so great.

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    Aug 1, 2012, 03.38 PMby momita

    Lovely!!! I love it.

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    Aug 1, 2012, 03.21 PMby thewallinna

    CUUUTEE! I love how it sits on you :) I like the way the sleeves are constructed: not too tight under the arm and very “breathable”. Great job!

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      Aug 1, 2012, 03.27 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you so much!!

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    Aug 1, 2012, 03.20 PMby wzrdreams

    The bodice fits you very well. I really appreciate that you have shown your Full Bust Adjustment. Very helpful. Thank you. You look great!

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      Aug 1, 2012, 03.26 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you so much!!

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    Aug 1, 2012, 11.56 AMby Innamc

    Very elegant set, looks on you remarkably. Good choice.

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    Aug 1, 2012, 12.51 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    as everyone has already metnioned, lovely fitting! did you do a toile first? or just no from experience? all up, you look beautiful and you will get so much wear out of them both!

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      Aug 1, 2012, 03.26 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you so much!! I used “Tissue fitting” methoad for the second time, and I’m loving this system… so much cheaper and faster than making a muslin! :)

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      Aug 1, 2012, 11.59 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

      Wow, ive actually never tried this, will do next time!!

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    Jul 31, 2012, 11.41 PMby stephanieu

    LOVE THIS. It looks fantastic on you.

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    Jul 31, 2012, 11.03 PMby pamchar

    Wow! This dress fits you perfectly!

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    Jul 31, 2012, 10.12 PMby trangtran

    perfect fittin, did you have to do any adjustment with the pattern?

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      Jul 31, 2012, 10.46 PMby SachiDespic

      I added the photo of my top front pattern. Yellow part is the originanl size 36 pattern, and pink part is where I added. I ended up taking in 2" total at sides, so I probably should have used size 34 and did the same alteration..

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    Jul 31, 2012, 10.03 PMby SassyT

    Did you just lower the neckline? I will need to do that as am huge at the top. Love your neckline.

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      Jul 31, 2012, 10.44 PMby SachiDespic

      I thought the high neckline would be too HOT considering the fabric I chose..

      I did “big bust alteration” following the instructions in the book “Fit for Real People” by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto. I added the photo of my top front pattern:)

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    Jul 31, 2012, 10.00 PMby Kitsgal

    Adorable…..so contemporary and yet classic at the same time. I think that when you added the darts you added a special touch for that perfect fit.

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      Jul 31, 2012, 10.40 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!! Yes, I dont’ know what I would do without darts…

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    Jul 31, 2012, 10.00 PMby SassyT

    I love Burda’s August issue. i love this set and even more now I have seen it on you.

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      Jul 31, 2012, 10.38 PMby SachiDespic

      I love the August issue, too!! There are so many things I want to make from the issue!!

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    Jul 31, 2012, 09.51 PMby katrinahueniken

    I love the choice of colour so, so much. And it’s super flattering on you!

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    Jul 31, 2012, 09.46 PMby Mary Athey

    your top and skirt are gorgeous. i love your fabric choice and it suits you so well xx

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      Jul 31, 2012, 10.37 PMby SachiDespic

      Thank you!!! It’s strechy so pretty comfortable, too!

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