How To DIY Classic Rare Peplum Top

After several weeks of hard work on the home-front, my thoughts are on activities which are straight-forward and simple. 2012/2013 has seen us in the peplum style trend for a while. So in this post, i'm saluting the style for its versatility and commonality around the world. The peplum is indeed a classic style that has a way of complementing many feminine shapes. Some say it's supposed to create the illusion of an hourglass physique amongst many other thoughts about it.

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Furthermore, we have seen the peplum style stapled to trousers, tops, skirts and shorts, and when combined with a wide range of fashion pieces it can look amazing! One of the reasons why i'm hinting to you, my readers about more upcoming styles i look forward to sharing for the 2013 fall and will see us through to early spring 2014. Follow the easy steps below to create this rare classic black peplum top. 


To create this top, i used satin backed dupion fabric. I suggest using a medium-weight fabric like the one mentioned to help accentuate the flare. The key to creating a flattering peplum top is to have the top flare out at the mid-portion of the stomach, just above the navel.  If you wish to have it longer, try experimenting with wide and thin cut belts to alter and complement the flare of the top.

Instruction Guide

This design consists of 4 pattern pieces. You will need about 2-4 yards of fabric depending on your size measurements (based on UK size 6-18). You may wish to double the fabric or add a dress-lining for thickness and reduce transparency.
Wear with straight cuts that are long or short and best combined with heels or formal flats.

I designed this peplum top because it is a classic for the hourglass figure and it has always been an essential addition to many female closets. I decided to add darting to this classic piece to enhance the upper body. This is one style that’s is perfect for all body forms





1. Begin by cutting out 2x of pattern (a) for the left and right side of the top. Then cut x2 of pattern (b). Stitch the front sections (a) and (b) together. This top is about panelling so you’ll notice the pieces will display longitudinal linings as the pattern develops
2. Sew the panel pieces together on the reverse side of seam allowance
3. Pattern (c) is the back. Cut x2 of the back pattern on its fold line to create a diagonal hemmed mid-line. Again, if you wish to double the back, cut x4 pieces
4. Sew the back pieces together on the reverse side of seam allowance
5. The final pattern piece of this project is the actual peplum. Cut x2 of the pattern (d) on the fold line of the material
6. Neaten the bottom edges of the peplum (over lock and fold-stitch the bottom edges)
7. Ruffle/gather stitches on the top edges of peplum pieces on its reverse side of seam allowance
8. Sew the peplum to the front and back of the top on its reverse side of seam allowance

Have lots of fun with this, peace x

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