The Costume Archives
Victorian Inspired Peplum Jackets
Et voila! About 18 months ago I created several Victorian inspired peplum jackets. At first I tried to inset the peplum panels into cuts into the jacket but found that was very tricky to do. So I proceeded to cut the jackets at the waistline - maybe adding an insert of fabric as in the black denim jacket above - then constructing the peplum before stitching it back onto the jacket.
Half Belts to Improve Fit & Flare
As I was aiming for a Victorian inspired silhouette, I stitched half belts onto the back so that the jacket could be tied to adjust the fit. Also these give a more Victorian / Steampunk vibe to the garment and add some colour.
Skirt into Peplum Refashion
For the most part, I used pieces cut from skirts to create the peplum panels. Either plain when inserting the panels into a patterned jacket (as for this striped jacket above), or patterned when I was refashioning a plain jacket.
This grey and red striped jacket and matching Victorian style skirt was made from a 1980s two piece. I added faux braiding details to the front to give the jacket some extra style. Below a fashion illustration from a Victorian fashion journal which provided inspiration.