When I read that this week's refashion was based on peplums, I must admit my heart sank a little. I've never been a fan of peplums. As a fully, fully paid up member of the pear shaped gang, the last thing I want is a bunch of fabric accentuating my widest part. I know peplums don't have to sit on the hip but you don't see many bust peplums about! Still, a challenge is a challenge.
I bought this blouse - which is five sizes too big for me - in an Oxfam sale for one pound. This meant that I didn't mind experimenting a bit. I started by pretty much unpicking everything. That meant all the waist darts, bust darts, side seams and sleeve heads had to be dismantled, and I was left with this..
I then cut out a new bodice using the colette peony pattern and assembled the new bust and waist darts. I then had a wobbly about the sleeves.
I could not decide whether to have little cap sleeves or keep the original cuffs. Cap sleeves are more 'me' but then, as you have already gathered, peplums are not very me so why not go the whole hog with a different style. A cup of tea and a sandwich later, I looked again at the photos and decided that I could not discard such a nice detail as the sleeve cuffs, so I kept them long.
And this is the finished result. The peplum itself was simple to do as I just gathered the bottom section of the old blouse and put it back onto the smaller bodice.
Here I am wearing my new peplum at a friend's house. Am I now won over by the peplum? Sorry - I am not! It was an easy style to wear but I still don't think it is very 'me'.
I did have a lovely morning though. I was attending a macmillan coffee morning, raising funds for a cancer support charity. Coffee, cakes, chatting, cats and charity. Can I add couture to that list? Not with a peplum!!!!
You can vote for your favourite in the competition here.