Map of the World Pencil Skirt with Convertible Peplum

**Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale starts today (prices go back up August 6th)! These discounts are on new merchandise for next season and not summer clearance. I'm personally interested in checking out this genuine leather cropped jacket from the juniors dept (smaller sizing). PS -Shop via ebates for an extra 5% cash back.**mapskirt2
Custom map skirt from SPG, H&M tank and clutch, Hermes belt sz 70, necklace c/o Stella & Dot

Today's post is a closer look at the fun-tastic skirt from this video. A while back, my favorite DIY blogger, SewPetiteGal, posted an in-process photo of her latest project - a darling map of the world print skirt with a convertible peplum piece. Enamored, I immediately messaged her asking if I could buy one. SPG was so kind and refused to accept payment, but I would hands-down shell out for such a unique creation. Especially one that was hand-made to custom measurements.
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SPG is currently making a few of these for sale, and gives the option of just a pencil skirt if you're not into peplums (see on Tammy). She also generously posted a tutorial for recreating this piece if you are crafty. Why every peplum dress does not have a convertible piece like this is beyond me. It's such a genius idea, and allows for double the versatility!
mapskirt5 The pencil skirt alone is a great way to inject some character into drab business casual wardrobes. If ordering, you can specify the length and other measurements to ensure that it will fit and meet dress code requirements...

And for after work - I would typically not choose a conservative pencil skirt for date nights, but love the option to instantly convert this into a more fun, flirtatious piece.
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The peplum skirt is not connected to the pencil skirt; rather, it closes around the waist via a clasp in the back. My skirt only had a closure at the waist (hence in these photos you see a little flapping in the back), but SPG has since updated that to close all the way. The material is hard to describe - like a slightly stiffer textured cotton. It wrinkles ever so slightly with sitting, but much less so than my other cotton pieces. I have not had to iron it once yet.
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I can't count the number of times this piece has been a conversation starter - just today, a lady stopped me in the middle of the road to compliment the skirt (then it got weird, as she asked if I knew I was "sitting" on America). It's whimsical pieces like this that make getting dressed in the morning fun again, and even more so knowing that it was made with love by a friend!
mapskirt1 Thank you to Nick for taking these photos in front of Boston's beautiful Trinity church!

62 comments:

  1. Do you ever sell any of your clothes?!

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    1. Yes I occasionally sell to friends and sometimes on extrapetitesale.blogspot.com

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    2. I absolutely love this skirt! Is there any way I can order one?

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  2. Beautiful photos and that skirt is gorgeous. SewPetiteGal is really talented ( I like her peplum dress too!) Cracking up about the "sitting on America" bit.

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  3. Lovely skirt! Very interesting while still being "classic." Your blog is great, Jean! :)

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  4. just bought one! love it and thanks for sharing.
    - LHK

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  5. nice skirt. so fun and colorful. that's a great idea to make the peplum skirt removable. it makes the actual skirt so versatile like you mentioned. ;)

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  6. OMG what I would do to make off-white skirts with patterns flattering on major curves! That skirt is ADORABLE, seriously. And, yes, I completely agree - all peplums should be removable, it's genius!
    - Laura S

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  7. what a cute skirt! :) in your last video when you wore it on your shoulders, i completely cracked up!! xx

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  8. Totally in love with this look. That skirt.... ARGH I LOVE IT! S is so talented. I admire her skills.

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  9. SPG is a rockstar! i love how you styled it both ways - gorgeous! xox P

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  10. What a fun piece! SPG is way talented - please offer up more of you convertible peplum skirts!

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  11. this is really really cute!

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  12. Such gorgeous photos! You wear this skirt so beautifully and I am ever SO flattered and pleased that you like it. I'm...speechless. Just imagine me radiating with happiness. And LOL about sitting on America :D

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  13. Hey Jean!

    What a killer skirt. I love how you styled it! I also wanted to let you know I'm hosting my first giveaway for a white gold three feather peacock necklace and would like to invite you to enter. I'm a huge fan of your site and it'd be such an honor!

    http://www.theredtrousers.com/2012/07/prints-genies-gladiators-and-giveaway.html

    xo,
    Luna
    theredtrousers.com

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  14. Laughing so much at the lady's weird "sitting on America" comments!!!

    The skirt is so pretty and well-made - your friend is super talented!

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  15. I'm so impressed with SPG's skills! This skirt is amazingly gorgeous and so flattering on you. Love it!

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  16. Love the skirt and the way you styled it!! SPW is so talented!

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  17. love the detachable peplum! the maroon with the old map look is so deep and beautiful! makes me think of wine and the pirates of the Caribbean!
    xo
    www.fashionfirecracker.blogspot.com

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  18. The peplum really makes a big difference! What a fun print to work with! It looks pretty versatile too. So lovely :)

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  19. I want a peplum skirt so bad!!


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  20. This is a fabulous skirt!!!
    You look great in this outfit!! :)
    XOXO

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  21. I would have never thought to pick that fabric out for a sewing project, but it looks really cute! I'll definitely have to check out that tutorial. I like that you paired it with that maroon/plum color top, although it looks like many colors would work with this skirt.

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  22. i loved this skirt right when she posted it! she is so creative!! i wish i felt comfortable in the pencil skirt. Dont know why, its just not overly flattering on me.
    on, and the background in these pics is beautiful. he did a great job!

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  23. What an original design, and it's great that the peplum part is attachable!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

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  24. You look beautiful. This skirt is so incredibly awesome and unique. I love the convertible peplum.. it just makes the skirt that much more special. SPG is so talented! :)

    xo, Yi-chia

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  25. I saw your your youtube post on this adorable skirt. Makes one feel like an explorer... thank you again! I have a special request. How about a post on YOGA OUTFITS? sort of what to wear for yoga review.... (preferably ashtanga LOL)

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    1. Hi Sophie - I'm afraid I can provide zero help in that area : ) I have never gone to yoga and don't know anything about yoga attire.

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  26. You have a beautiful sense of dressing Jean. It also helps that you are so beautiful

    I don't like the peplum looks on me, but it looks great on you.

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  27. Super cute! LOVING the shoes!

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  28. That is such a fantastic skirt. SPG is incredibly talented, and it looks great on you!

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  29. I love the backdrop of that beautiful door in the church to match with the "travel" skirt. The door seems so exotic! Great job, Ms. SPG!!!!!! Love the detachable peplum and love that it's been such a conversation starter. Great sophisticated pairing with deep plum top and shoes. Lovely as always, Jean!

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  30. The skirt is awesome:)

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  31. I think SPG is genius for making this skirt! Love it :)

    Kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

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  32. Please do a review on the leather jacket (junior sizing) from nordstrom if you get it. It looks like a piece I might be interested in too! Thanks.

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    1. After some research it looks like XS sold out quickly online, a friend who visited our local store said no small sizes to be found at our store. I won't be able to try it on unless they restock, but I hope you'll find the chance to!

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  33. love the skirt! the print is amazing! I think that the peplum looks better...

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

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  34. You chose a gorgeous setting for these pics! Again, love seeing SPG's skirt on you! It really does make it so much more fun and special to wear when you know the person who made it! :)

    I responded to your food question on my post. :)

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  35. That actually is a brilliant idea--a convertible pencil to peplum skirt. I think SPG has got something there! Your shoes are fantastic!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  36. I love the work look...very put together and interesting.

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  37. Wow, beautiful outfit with beautiful skirt! It does goes awesome with both peplum and without peplum... I love the burgandy look too.. I feel the fall is coming soon, since all I've been seeing this past couple of months are mints and corals.. those bright colors.. lol

    Ayumi

    The Ayumi Aspect

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  38. Love the backdrop for these shots! And those shoes are really just perfect for that outfit.

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  39. Love the skirt, love the belt!

    xoxo
    Cassidy

    http://norebeccaforayear.blogspot.com/

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  40. This is such a beautiful skirt :) When I saw it featured on SPG's site I agreed that it was very beautiful and unique and I'm not surprised that it's a conversation starter :)

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  41. Wow that skirt looks so different with the peplum! What a genius idea.

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  42. so cute! love the wine colour on you too!


    xo julesinflats.blogspot.com

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  43. Hi there, I love your blog for the practical advice on dressing as a petite. I searched for any blog posts on swimwear for petites, but I couldn't find any here. Do you have any advice to share or favorite lines for this year? I have been considering jcrew, but I would love any advice you may have on fabric, style, one piece vs two piece, anything! Thank you in advance. - Nicole

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    1. Hi Nicole - what type of swimwear are you looking for and do you want any specific features (like tummy concealing, push up, etc)? I got my swimwear this year from H&M, and I also have shopped Victoria's Secret miracle bra swimwear line for some push up bikinis. I have not tried J.Crew swimwear but I saw they were offering free shipping for risk free trials.

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    2. Thank you! I have never looked at H&M before and I am going to check out J.Crew risk free! Best, Nicole

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  44. Lovely outfits! What are you wearing over the tank in the work photos?

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  45. Hey Jean - I ran into this DIY Peplum Top Tutorial and instinctively thought of you since you've been donning the peplum silhouette so often lately.

    http://bloomingleopold.blogspot.com/2012/07/sewing-saturday-peplum-top-tutorial.html

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  46. I love the peplum. It's so beautiful.
    You look great in the whole outfit.

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  47. I love the idea of a separate peplum piece to take this from day/work to night! Map prints are such fun for summer too, a nice change up from florals and stripes.
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  48. Words can't describe how happy I'm that this skirt is for sale now! Thank you and your friend! I'm ordering mine now!

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  49. What are you wearing over the burgundy tank top in one of your photos (the pink looking blouse (?)--the "For work" photo...

    You look great in the outfit!

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  50. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Also one of a kind, by any chance are you still making them? I just fell in love!

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  51. LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is a great color combo and I just adore the skirt. Great sense of style!

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  52. Is there a way to follow you on pinterest or facebook or anythin? maybe i overlooked it. :) thanks!

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