What I Wore | 4th of July!

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This year for the 4th of July, I decided to veer away from the cliched red, white and blue colors.  I'd purchased this great floral cotton pique from JoAnns and had been planning to make a peplm top and the timing was just perfect this week.
The cut-in shoulder style has kind of become my signature sleeveless look.  So I went with a similar style to my white scallop dress.  
I altered the design by combining the overlay/top bodice piece to the front panel in order to create a single piece.
And I used the peplum from Simplicity 1650.  I used the entire pattern previously.  See here.
I really love the back.  However, I find that a design like this is not conventional bra-friendly.  I wore a strapless one to make it work.  And I basically followed the instructions for the original pattern.
I knew I wanted to pair this top with a white bottom.  And since it's full-blown summertime, why not a pair of short?  I picked Vogue 9008.  It's a simple pattern that sews up in literally an hour.  It's not fussy at all.  You basically have the front, back and waistband pattern pieces.  These shorts were not drafted with pockets.  They were just the ticket regarding a pair of simplistic shorts that could be made up in a stretch denim white fabric
For a 4th of July ensemble, I pretty much thumbed my nose at and defied tradition and did my own thing.  And it paid off!

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32 comments

  1. It more than paid off you look fantastic. The cut in sleeveless look really works for you. I think that a bit of rebellion is a brilliant way to celebrate the 4th July.

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  2. Cute peplum top. It looks great on you. Love how you paired it with white shorts.

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    1. Thanks Remembering..OZ!

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  4. Great fabric choice for a pretty new top!

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  5. Loving the cut in sleevless style. Need to try it myself. Great 4th outfit.

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  6. Flawless! Erica, you look great,I love this look!

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  7. This look is so refreshing! I love your top, so pretty.

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  8. I am with you. One doesn't have to wear red, white, and blue for the fourth. This is such a lovely top and short outfit.

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  9. Erica, I love this outfit, it's so stylish! The peplum top is cute, I love the design changes you made to the sleeves.

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  10. Such a pretty fabric choice for this lovely top.

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  11. Would a racer back or X crossed bra work with it? Your fabric choice is so light and pretty! And as usual everything is so expertly sewn!!!

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    1. Probably an demi cup style with an X cross back. Thanks DressUpNotDown!

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  12. What I cute outfit! LOVE the top. You definitely have the proportions to make those peplum tops work.

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  13. Such an interesting neckline, I love mixing up a dressy pattern with casual fabric (& vice versa). The whole outfit looks perfect for a summer holiday, be it 4th of July or any other!

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  14. This looks fabulous!

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  15. The cut in shoulder is so flattering! Nice signature. :)

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    1. Thanks makingtheflame!

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