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Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress to Peplum

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

In the fall, we pick apples.  Lots and lots and lots of apples!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity to sew up the Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress pattern.  I picked up the Apple-Picking Dress for half price when I bought the Croquet Dress.  I didn’t know when I would sew it up, but an Oliver + S pattern for 1/2 price?  Come on!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

There were elements of the Apple-Picking Dress that weren’t my favorite, and I had read some reviews that lined out some other potential issues, like the length.  So when I knew we would be picking apples, I revisited the pattern and decided to make all those potentially unfavorable marks against the dress into positives.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #1:  Drop waist:  Annie is not a toddler anymore, and has lost her cute toddler belly, so the drop waist isn’t really a favorite anymore.

Solution: bring the bottom of the top up to her waist.

How to:  I did this by measuring her back-waist length, and then folding the pattern to that measurement plus seam allowances.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #2: Short length:  Annie is getting really tall, and all the reviews I read mentioned the length as being a little short.

Solution: make it a peplum top!

How To: I did this by using only the short ruffle and leaving off the second, long ruffle.  We’ve been seeing quite a few peplum tops lately, they really seem to be making a comeback.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #3: Bow: I felt the bow made it so old-fashioned and even out of date looking when used with modern fabrics.

Solution:  Use vintage fabrics and vintage color combination.

How To: I dug into the stash and found this very vintage brown fabric.  Then I searched for the perfect red to go with it, and found the sweet embroidered red fabric, again in my stash.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Problem #4:  Shy button placket:  The button placket seems to be sort of hidden behind the bow.

Solution: Outline the button placket with piping, Frances Suzanne style.

How To:  The perfect piping remnant was waiting in the stash, too short for any other project!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

If you’re paying attention, you just realized I sewed up the entire Apple-Picking Peplum Top from stuff in my stash!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Now I can envision sewing up one of these for Annie each year!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

As usual, this Oliver + S pattern was a dream to sew up, and the results are so professional looking, don’t you think?  The hardest part for me to sew on this pattern was the top stitching on the collar because it is cut on the bias.  This makes it hang nicely on the bow part, but tricky to edge stitch on the collar!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

So what do we do with all those apples that we pick?

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt FixationApple cider, of course!  We have an old fashioned apple cider press, and there is nothing better in the fall than freshly pressed apple cider!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

When it got chilly, Annie threw on a sweater over her new peplum top, and she was ready to press some more apples into cider.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

The skirt you see Annie wearing in these photos is a Land’s End hand-me-down from Allegra and Aria.  Land’s End school uniform clothing lasts and lasts and lasts!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

It was a busy day, so Allegra and I both contributed to this photo shoot.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

I love the small contrast at the sleeve hem that matches the collar.  The red in both places really makes it pop.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Many hands make light work, and when making apple cider, every hand is appreciated!  Of course everyone loves the taste of the finished product and is buoyed on occasionally by a glass of fresh apple cider!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation, restored this apple cider press for us.  He gave his stamp of approval on Annie’s Apple-Picking Peplum top, too!

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

I couldn’t help playing around with a few of the photos to give them a vintage look.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Since the modified Apple-Picking Dress has transported Annie to a bygone era.

Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress Converted to Peplum Top by Skirt Fixation

Have you ever modernized something by making it old fashioned?

8 thoughts on “Oliver + S Apple-Picking Dress to Peplum

  1. I don’t think tie-neck blouses are outdated at all… I don’t follow trends, but judging by how many of them I’ve seen in stores, I think they are in style right now. That being said, I love the fabrics you used. I’m really bummed that they are vintage, because that means I can’t buy them! I like the apple-picking and cider press photos too. =)

    1. Well, I guess I meant the look of the fabric is very vintage! The red I’ve had for several years, but I picked up the brown a year or so ago at a $1 per yard sale at Walmart… You could probably duplicate the look pretty easily!

      1. Well, that is great news! =)

  2. I LOVE this!! It looks adorable on your sweet little Annie.
    I love the details you added, and the vintage vibe is right up our alley.

  3. Ha!! “Frances Suzanne Style” indeed :). “When in doubt….add piping!!” What a cute photo shoot – perfect for the outfit and season!!

  4. […] Audrey kept the wide button placket and only one short ruffle, but raised the waistline to create this cute peplum top. […]

  5. LOVE YOUR PHOTO SHOOT featuring the Apple-Picking dress pattern with alterations to a bow tie blouse! Your young daughter, ANNIE, is a FAB model! The burgundy bow & trim on the 3/4-length gathered sleeves highlight the blouse. Also I like the tiny double vertical rows of buttons in the front panel as well as the lengthened peplum. I’ll “bookmark” your blog to see and read more of your future posted creations. BRAVO! Sarah in Minneapolis

  6. […] this one, Annie wore her Oliver + S Apple Picking Blouse, her vintage boots, and white tights.  The boots are really nice quality, vintage looking brown […]

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