A Clever Crop Top Refashion

With April showers brings May flowers, sunshine, days at the beach, nights at the yacht club, and women of all ages running around in as little of clothing as possible.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mini skirt and a bare mid drift. However as the tides are turning, so is the clock. And it is time I realize that I am almost 33 and my body is definitely that of an almost 33 year old. It’s true what they say. Like sands thought the hour glass, so are the days of our lives. (I don’t usually use soap opera intros as a metaphor but this really works here. I hope I haven’t lost you already). So here I am, all up in my thirties and I am going to show you how and why I made this little crop top.

If you follow me on Instagram you might recall awhile back I made a white peplum top at the last minute to wear to a dinner party. I have worn it a few times since but I wasn’t loving the fullness of the peplum. I have made this pattern several times before and never had this problem but I think since this fabric was a ponte de roma knit, it was a bit thicker, and rushed while making the gathers so they were hitting my hips in all the wrong ways. So I decided to take off the peplum piece and see what I could do with very small, cropped white top.  The timing was perfect as my local fabric store, Five Eighth Seams, recently decided to start carrying different types of decorative trim. I picked up a few yards of this white trim for another project (I originally wanted to add it to the sleeves of this kimono but then ended up taking a different approach). I decided to use it this time by adding it to the bodice of that old peplum top and I love the results. Worn with a high waist pencil skirt that I got from my latest Stitch Fix, it was the perfect way to show just a little skin but not the whole package.The wind in Charleston this week has been absolutely crazy. So rather than waiting any longer to take photos or finding a new location, we decided just to go for it. So please excuse that sad excuse for a mop on my head blowing around everywhere. Fabric and Pattern details: Fabric: ponte de roma knit from Girl Charlee // Trim: purchased from Five Eighth Seams //  Bodice Pattern: Penelope Peplum from See Kate SewStyling: SKIRT: from Stitch Fix // SUNNIES: Urban Outfitters // NECKLACE: Nordstroms  (similar) // SANDALS: Lulu’s // WATCH: Word Market  (similar)

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