I swear all I could see were those vest ties! I was super nervous that I'd never be able to come up with something modern and would have to post something totally embarrassing to the internet. Then l I took a deep breath, looked again, and saw that sweet piece of peplum. Yay! I've actually been admiring peplum tops for a while, I just never considered making one myself.
With lots of modifications to the vest pattern, I ended up making this grey peplum top. I am 100% pleasantly surprised that it is totally wearable.
To alter the vest pattern, I cut the front and back pattern pieces kind of in reverse - the front pieces I cut on the fold, and the back piece not on the fold, so it would have a back closure. I also rounded out the neck, lengthened the bodice and peplum pieces, and drafted my own sleeve. The fabric is a interlock knit (from the remnant bin at Joann's) that I had in my stash. I chose it mostly for the print and color (also it was one of the few I had enough yardage for), but a knit probably isn't the best choice for a structured shirt. Comfy, though!
Taking photos of myself is not my favorite, so it's a good thing I don't attempt to be a fashion blogger (besides not being very fashionable, of course). I got lots of shots looking awkward and had mostly weird faces like this:
Anyway, I like it! I think I'll even try to make another, with a more dramatic peplum. Any suggestions how I can make it fuller without gathering the fabric?