The “Detachable Peplum” Dress
Fabric: Reproduction feedsack print from Peapod Fabrics, $27 for 2 3/4 yards
Pattern: Simplicity 1172 from Alameda, $2
Year: c. 1944
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes, with and without the peplum
Total Cost: ~$29
I’m totally on a orange kick right now. And acorns. And squirrels. I’d like to sum up my fall inspiration as squirrels from the 1940s dressed in orange and aqua and brown. Here’s my Fall palette mood board:
1940s jeweled bronze beat hat from Etsy | 1940s Hazelnut brooch from Etsy | Chic-ita Dress from modcloth | Lagoon a Foliage necklace from Etsy | Coaster Thrills wedge from modlcoth | Orange A-Peel dress from modcloth | Wooden multi-pack bracelets from topshop
And now, about this week’s creation.
It’s sort of magic because it looks like a two-piece ensemble, but it isn’t! The secret lies in the detachable peplum (I can’t help but get the King Missile song of the similar name in my head each time I say “detachable peplum”). The dress is simply a shift dress, which, incidentally passed the “Mena Test” and the zipper was omitted.
The peplum is a separate piece that’s tied at the waist with a bow! To me, this is the only way I ever want to do a peplum again. When I want a very simple dress, I can just remove the peplum and voila:
But I actually love the peplum, so I’m not sure if I’ll be removing it any time soon.
The sleeves are a bit odd and have a very stylized cuff. With such a busy print, the details don’t stand out. The next time I make up this dress, I’ll omit the cuffs if using another busy print.
Despite my love for orange, I wish I would have done the bias tape around the neck in the same daisy print. I would have if I had any fabric left for the tape. Unfortunately, I didn’t take in account the bias strip would be needed and only purchased enough fabric for the dress and peplum.
I seriously can’t wait to make up this dress in a different fabric. I love this pattern!