This is one of those online fabric purchases that looked nothing like what I expected, so it sat in a drawer for a bit. Does this look like “brown fruit print challis”? – yeah, that’s what I thought. Brown is perhaps the only color that is not present.
And then I remembered that I wanted to make the peplum version of this dress.
One fun part of using a pattern I have already worked with is that most of the preliminary work has already been done! And, of course, I know what to expect.
To break up some of the crazy colors, I added grosgrain ribbon.
My first thought was to layer a yellow ribbon over the purple, but I decided that was too cheerleader uniform.
I was also going to add two grosgrain bows to the neckline corners. The neckline treatment is so unique that I did not want to duplicate it, seeing as I already have a version in blue. But the two bows looked too cutesy, so I decided to settle for one. Hopefully the peplum and fabric choice helps to differentiate it from my other dress!
While I was over at mom’s getting pictures taken, her neighbor said I needed a Carmen Miranda hat to top off the outfit – and I absolutely agree. How did I miss that?!
I know some people will be horrified, but the peplum is detachable!
And here is the dress without the peplum. I think I will save a length of purple ribbon to tie in a bow for those days when I choose to leave the peplum at home.
Or perhaps it could be a day to evening transition piece? – Peter must be rolling his eyes at my inability to make a decision and stick with it! To peplum or not to peplum, that is the question!
Dress: Made by me,
Hollywood 1449 via VPLL
Jacket: Banana Republic
Earrings: Liz Palacios