DIY: Feather Peplum Top

I was thrilled when Otte (one of my favorite boutiques in NYC) asked me to collaborate on a little DIY.  We decided to spruce up one of their classic T Tops, embellishing it  for holiday.  The peplum trend is so hot right now so I thought… why not make a feather peplum!?  One of the best things about this project is that peplums can be hard to wear if the peplum doesn’t hit you properly.  I personally have a long torso so tend to look silly in peplum tops as the peplum hits too high on me.  When you make your own, you get to decide where the peplum goes… ensuring that you get the most flattering results possible.

P.S.  Otte is giving all S&S readers a little discount when you purchase the ballet pink T Top!  Just use code SS25.  Ends 12/31/12

Materials/Where to Buy:  Otte T Top // Approx 3.5 yards ostrich feather trim // Jewel It Glue

Embellishment (huge selection here) // Needle & Thread

Voila… you are done!  (Pretty easy, no?)

Top & Bottom shots by  Lydia Hudgens, all other photos by me.

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  1. Amazing DIY project ! I had some feather trim to DIY a skirt, but I might do this instead ! I’m definitely inspired !
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  2. Andrea says 11.16.12

    This top is so pretty! I can’t believe it’s a DIY! You could sell this one for quite some money! 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  3. Chelsea says 11.16.12

    I love this DIY. I might have to apply it to a skirt situation soon! I love a good ostrich feather!

    Haute Child in the City

  4. Liz Schneider says 11.16.12

    Grace your DIY’s keep getting better and better, love this idea!

  5. cait & val says 11.16.12

    LOVE this diy project!!! perfect to do to an old top; spruce it up and ready to hit the holiday party circuit!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  6. Alyssa says 11.16.12

    So gorgeous, Grace! I feel like this would be perfect with a bright sequined skirt for a holiday party. I swear, your DIY’s are amazing!

    The Glossy Life

  7. Alison says 11.16.12

    This is fabulous! So festive for a holiday party.


  8. Alicia says 11.16.12

    You look adorable! The top turned out SO well!!! xx

  9. Hitha says 11.16.12

    This is brilliant! I’m definitely going to have to try it out soon.

  10. Oh my gosh, Grace, I love this!

  11. Kristin says 11.16.12

    I’m in awe…Can I just pay you to make me one? Ha!

  12. Femke says 11.16.12

    This is a nice idea! I don’t have a sewing machine, so I can still make this, great 🙂

    xoxo, Femke
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  13. alyson says 11.16.12

    This is absolutely one of my favorite posts of yours. not sure I can do it as well, however it’s just so beautiful.

  14. Nelya says 11.16.12

    It’s so get and girly. I love it. xNel

  15. Laura says 11.16.12

    This is such a good idea and it turned out gorgeous! 🙂

  16. Emily says 11.16.12

    What a great DIY idea! Turned out stunning.

  17. Bettina says 11.17.12

    I LOVE this one! You had me at feather!

  18. Sherin says 11.17.12

    You did an incredible job on the top. Featured peplum is a great look. Love how it came out.

  19. Yelle says 11.17.12

    This is so great! I can see this as the perfect shirt for new years!

  20. Smash says 11.17.12

    LOVE Otte! Such a cute DIY, and I love your new picture on the homepage! You look so pretty! xo

  21. maneet says 11.18.12

    Hi Grace,

    I am in the market for a new watch and my eyes always stop at yours. Can you please let me know the details about it?


    • Grace Atwood says 11.19.12

      Hi Maneet, Thank you so much. Mine is a Rolex.. sorry, know that’s expensive! I think Michael Kors has a similar version.

      • maneet says 11.19.12

        It is supposed to be Birthday gift, and I was looking at Longines and Tag Heuer. I will take a look at Rolex too! Thanks for your reply! 🙂

  22. Stephanie says 11.19.12

    Hi Grace, the link to the embellishment selection doesn’t seems to be matched up. Would you mind redirecting it? This project is stunning and I look forward to recreating this over the holidays!


    • Grace Atwood says 11.19.12

      Oh my goodness, so sorry about that! I just adjusted the post.

      • Stephanie says 11.19.12

        Thank you for editing so quickly! Your recommendations are too lovely!

  23. cathy says 11.20.12

    Sooo unique, ive never seen something like this before!
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  24. Mary Kathleen says 11.22.12

    Wow, Grace, this is beautiful! Scanning through my wardrobe right now (in my mind), imagining which lucky item(s) to be-feather!

  25. Jordan - Queen of LA says 11.28.12

    this is stunning! i love how girly it is!