Is it a dress? A blouse? A skirt? All of the above!
I fell in love with the black and white gingham I saw seeing all over the runway for spring and was inspired to make something with a retro feel. More than I love vintage, I love mixing patterns and separates that multi-task in my wardrobe. I decided to make a blouse and skirt in gingham of two sizes. The peplum blouse has quickly become my favourite shirt because it seems to go with everything and makes sense in so many situations. I love that I can wear it with trousers or a pencil skirt and a chunky statement necklace for a polished and professional feel. I can also tuck it in to a chambray skirt for a feminine, casual look. The skirt also works well on its own. I’ve worn it to work with a blouse or a backyard barbeque, paired with a light tank top. Together, they make a cute little dress that makes me want to ride my bike to a flower market or go to a picnic. My favourite parts of these pieces are actually the details. I added pockets to the skirt (I mean, if you can, why WOULDN’T you?!) and cut the waistband on the bias. For the shirt, I made my own bias tape to bind the sleeves at the peplum waist. I cut the collar band and the under part of the collar in the larger check for contrast. The little bow (also cut on the bias!) is actually a pin, so it can be moved and worn wherever. This was the first of my projects after resolving to take the time to do everything right and finish things nicely. I became pro at matching plaids. I learned so much about ease and tailoring, so I’m really proud of the the finished product. I used a lot of techniques in Claire Schaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques and Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. If you want to see more, check out my blog! couturious.wordpress.com
I came across this post from a search for "skirtall" (don't ask!) and was surprised to see your repeated references to the top you made as being a "peplum."
Sorry to burst your bubble but a peplum is a short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce. I would say that what you made is simply a (very cute) fitted blouse.