DIY Dress Fashion Sewing

African Fabric. No. 3. One Shoulder Lace Top. Butterick B6652 Modified

DIY One Shoulder Lace Top

Hello everyone. I hope you had the best weekend and you feel happy and relaxed and ready for another week.

So, let me tell you about this cute little top I made from Butterick B6652.  The pattern is one of Butterick’s easy patterns and after making it, I agree that it is easy enough for a beginner for sure. I love the easy patterns.  Here is the pattern.  Butterick B6652  I made Viiew B, kinda sorta.  So, as you can see, it is not the dress or the jumpsuit on front of the pattern.  I modified it to make this peplum top.  It’s a long story, but if you have time, continue reading and I will give you the unsweetened tea on how this came about.

This is my third make from the fabric my husband gave me this year. And Doggone It I am determine to make something from every single cut.  This is one of 4 lace fabrics that he brought back. If you missed my two previous creations, here they are. African Print Dress No. 1 and African Print Dress No. 2.  I like both of these dresses and wanted this one to be a dress as well, but it had other things in mind.

The inspiration for this top came from a woman I saw on Instagram. She was wearing a beautiful, simple and elegant red one shoulder dress and she looked so fabulous. I decided that making a red one shoulder dress is what I would do with the red lace fabric.  Well, when I cut the bodice pieces, I didn’t like how wide the bodice was and could not imagine that it would turn out good, so I folded everything up and threw it in the closet, thinking it was a wash.  Later on, I decided to make something with the red lace, and completely forgot that I had already started cutting the fabric for another pattern. So, when I retrieved the red fabric, I could see that I had already cut the fabric to make Butterick B6652. So, I decided to go ahead and finish the dress since I could not start over with another pattern.  Not enough fabric to start over.  But, can you see this as a maxi, though.  It really would have been so cute.  Even as a tea length, or at the knee.

Well, just when I was in the thick of it, I ran into another snap.  As my husband often says.  I learned that the cut on the skirt was not going to be long enough. So I had to change plans again.  I decided to make a Ruffled peplum top instead, and just like that, my top was born.  Whew!  This one almost didn’t make it.  But, thank goodness, it did, and it is wonderful.  I wore it with some jeans, but it could be worn with some leggings, ankle pants [white would be good] and some black dress pants and pumps.  Topped it off with some gold accessories, and I was out the door.  The pattern did not have a belt, but I wanted one with this, so I made a thick belt for my waist.  Doesn’t it look so good with the wide belt?  So, I have another print left and 3 more pieces of the lace to get creative with.  I hope you stay tuned to see what they become.

I love how vibrant this red is. Now, the color is very similar to my inspiration picture.  I got half of what I wanted.  Off the shoulder and red.  I’m satisfied. Here’s the bottom line.  Even though I had a few challenges with this make, I was determine to make it do something.  And I am very satisfied with the outcome.

That’s a wrap for now, but I can’t wait to show you a new project, pattern, or DIY something.  Thank you for allowing me to share this Peplum Top with you. Leave a comment and please “Like” if you like.  I love sewing, and I love sharing my projects with you. Also, if you have not subscribed yet, please consider doing so.  You can subscribe below.  If you think someone might enjoy my sewing journey, please forward my posts to them.  Until next time, I will be making my life better, one project at a time, and I hope you do the same.   Thank you for your support.


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(2) Comments

  1. Tracy says:

    Beautiful! I’m glad you didn’t let the challenges stop you. Now you can enjoy your shirt.

    1. Thank you, Tracy! Yes, it was a challenge but I didn’t want to waste the fabric. It worked out!

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