EDIT: Added another Camo peplum that I recently made for my tiny cousin. check it out!
Actually I wanted to enter the Craftster 10th anniversary challenge but unfortunately due to recent Hari Raya celebrations, I forgotten to submit my entries. Whoopsies! Anyways, as much as I regret not entering (and possibly winning a prize haha!) I really wanted to share my idea of Camo clothing as a 'trend'.
The Camouflage fabric is a fairly light denim fabric which I bought at a local craft store whilst searching for fabric. I stumbled upon it when two 'bulky' men went in the store (which shocked me a bit because I've never seen men like that browse through craft stores here unless accompanied with their wives) and asked for 'pant' fabric. The store assistant led them to the denim section and I hastily followed suit, without coming off as a stalker. That was when I discovered the rack of Camo which ultimately inspired the peplum top. After the men left, I immediately went to the store assistant and bought 2 meters of my favourite Camo fabric. The fabric cost BND$18.00 and was 60 inches wide so it was more than enough for my project.
I also bought a printed waterproof canvas as well as lots of studs and a zipper in the pic.
The Zipper is an 18 inch metal jacket zipper. Because it is a jacket zipper (It can be taken apart into two separate pieces) I wasn't sure how to sew the bottom of it to the peplum so there is an awkward crease/pleat where I tried to sew the bottom like how I sew in the bottom of an invisible zipper. But that's alright because I refuse to believe that people will stare at my butt long enough to notice it
I made the peplum top with a pattern that I borrowed from my dad, with the exception of the puff sleeves. He made patterns specifically for me for my Hari Raya clothes so there wasn't any need to modify most of it. The sleeve pattern I hacked up to make puff sleeves because I thought the puffiness would tone down the 'masculinity' of the Camo print and it looks cute (as well as hide my bulky upper arms). So, yay!
Btw, does anybody think that this could possibly be a new twist on the military trend? I think it would revolutionize the trend because I've been waiting to buh-bye to those not-exactly-flattering silhouette of the clothes and the repetitive design of coats such as in http://fashion-for-2014.blogspot.com/2012/08/top-trends-military-jacket-with_23.html
. Not that they're all bad designs, it's just gets boring after a while, you get me?
P.S. currently I don't have any shots of me in it due to lack of willing photographers to take vain pictures of me in it. I might edit one into the post as soon as I get an action pic because the top looks less flattering on the small mannequin than on me!
Here is a pic of my cousin's tiny Camo peplum.
It was just soooooo tiny (than what I imagined) that the whole time I was making it I thought 'This is definitely too small for anybody to fit in. =_=" Thank god that was only me overthinking. My cousin is a fit kid and quite small for her age, so phew!
Close up of the ruffle sleeve (instead of a cuff sleeve like mine):
And because of her tiny size I had multiple problems with the invisible zipper (the lengths sold here are 6, 8, 16, 18, 19, 20, 24 inches) and 16 was way too long for her but 8 was too short in order for her to go into the peplum comfortable. I decided to just use the 16 in and sewed it till it reached the end of the interfacing under the collar. Then I folded it over, snipped the excess length and secured it by handstitching.
She hasn't gotten it/actually tried it yet (as she lives far away from me and I am not able to give it to her immediately) therefore there isn't any action pics of it... yet.
See you soon!