I'm excited to share with you one of my most recent successful projects! I purchased this pretty fabric from JoAnn's a few weeks ago for about $7 (1 1/2 yards), along with a zipper, with the intention of making a peplum style top. I decided to try something new and make it without a pattern at all, just with my own design process. Here's how it turned out!
I essentially cutout and sewed together the top half of the shirt first--this is comprised of a single back piece with two darts, as well as three front panels, which are curved to create a fitted waist. After putting together those four panels to create the top half, I created the lower piece by taking a much longer piece of fabric and using a machine baste to gather it to the length of the top half hem. I left one side of the entire thing unsewn in order to put in the invisible zipper at the end.
All in all, not too bad for a first design project! The neckline is a little bit imperfect, but I will probably go back and fix that when I get a chance. I'm considering getting more fabric to make a matching skirt so that it can be worn as a dress as well!