+ The peplum top tutorial

Loving this top! Like I said in the post before, this is such a flattering top because it hugs the natural waist and quickly flares out to create the look of an even smaller waist! And who doesn’t want that?! It is such a fun top for the summer and for the fall. 
I got this fabric from my mother-in-law’s garage a few months ago before it hit the garage sale. Oh yes! Love a free fabric score, particularly when it is from the 80s. I swear the 80s has the funniest and funkiest fabrics. 
Oh and yes…that is some awesome spit-up on my knee.
 Other versions….
Quick peplum top I’ve made here & tutorial here. Refashioned peplum top tutorial here. Pregnancy peplum top tutorial here.
1 to 2 yards of knit fabric
knit top that you like the fit of (make sure it has the same amount of stretch as the knit fabric)
sewing machine
ball point needle
marking tool or pins to mark
1. Lay the knit top you like the fit of on top of the fabric. Make sure the knit fabric stretches from left to right. Cut the outline of the shirt on the fabric, you don’t need to go past a little below the natural waist of the shirt, make sure to include half inch of seam allowance on both sides. Make the sleeves as long as you like. Cut out a long piece of fabric, stretches from left to right. The longer the fabric the more gathered it will be, mine was twice as long as my waist side because I like it to be pretty gathered. The thicker knit fabric, the less length you want so it doesn’t just create bulk. Make the width of the thin piece to be as long as you want, depending on how long you want it, include half inch of seam allowance. I made mine 8 inches.
2. Pin the cut out fabric right side together, RST, and sew the shoulder seams and side seams. Leaving the bottom, neckline, and sleeves open.
3. Line up side seams and shoulder seams, then cut out a deeper neckline.
4. Hem the neckline a quarter to half inch. No need to fold under more than once because knit doesn’t fray.
5. Hem the sleeve the a quarter to a half inch. No need to fold under more than once because knit doesn’t fray.
6. Gather the top of the bottom piece to the peplum top to fit your natural waist, but allow overlapping by two inches on both ends, so another 4 inches.
7. Cut a curve into both ends.
8. Hem the bottom peplum piece by rolling a quarter inch then another quarter inch. Sew on the upper edge of the hem.
9. Looks like this.
10. Pin and sew with vari-overlock stitch or zig zag stitch the bottomto the top of the peplum shirt, RST. Overlap the ends of the bottom piece.
**Optional – you can sew elastic onto the raw edge of the joined bottom and top piece.


  1. Gorgeous!

  2. Looks so pretty and cute! AND looks easy to make as well. This made my sewing itch even bigger. Can’t wait to get back to my sewing machines.

  3. So cute! I love this. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

  4. Holy. crap. you are a goddess. You look SO DAMN FINE after just birthday a baby! Rock on, mama!!!

  5. This is adorable!
    I must make this :) Thanks so much for this post


  6. I love this!

  7. What?, a cheater peplum? I love it! And I’ve been trying to figure out a knit one too. Now you’ve gone and done for me. Thanks a bunch!

  8. What?, a cheater peplum? I love it! And I’ve been trying to figure out a knit one too. Now you’ve gone and done for me. Thanks a bunch!

  9. What?, a cheater peplum? I love it! And I’ve been trying to figure out a knit one too. Now you’ve gone and done for me. Thanks a bunch!

  10. What?, a cheater peplum? I love it! And I’ve been trying to figure out a knit one too. Now you’ve gone and done for me. Thanks a bunch!

  11. ah, this is so dang cute!

  12. Nice! I try to make one for me! thnk for this Turorial =)

  13. super cute top! Many people think peplums are unflattering because they widen the hips but I agree with you!

    Lindsey Turner

  14. I’m new to sewing and haven’t made a shirt before, but this looks so great! I’m excited to try it out sometime because it seems like a really cute update of a basic t shirt. Thanks for the tutorial!
    Huge fan of your blog, btw. :)


  15. I’m obsessed with peplum! Also just started sewing and need some things to try. I already plan on doing your big jeans to skinny jeans makeover!


  16. Didn’t you JUST have a baby!?! You look amazing! I hope to look that good after I have babies!

  17. i have to do this, you look so cute !


  18. Oh! It looks lovely! Can’t what to try this put as soon as I find the right fabric!

  19. Love, love, love. Dying to try this out – will let you know when I do!

  20. God I wish I can operate a sewing machine! Great tutorial though and it’s such a cute top.


  21. Lizzie, I love it! Do you have enough fabric left to make me one?

    • for you….hmmmm….i don’t know. Just kidding! Problem is even if I said yes, I most likely won’t make one because I say I will but it just doesn’t happen. Like with the skinnies. I’m a bum. I want to though! What I really want to do is make a ton of them and sell them. If I do that I promise you will be the first.

      Unless you somehow come back to Utah….then I promise I will make you one then. Hey, and when are you going to start sending me shopping deals?! I’m ready to get me deals on.

  22. cute :).. you make it look sooooo easy…. could you do boleros and cardigans? would love to learn to sew them.

  23. I so want to try this ~ it’s awesome. And by the way – you look so gorgeous!! Can’t believe you just had a baby (a cutie too!) :)

  24. love that fabric and that shirt!

  25. SSOOOOOO cute I really love peplum top. This is a lovely top for you. I couldn’t ware anything like this but its cool. I love the color you have also.

  26. Great top! I’m such a sucker for 80s print, too!!!

  27. Super cute top, you look very beautiful!

  28. What a darling top!

  29. Looking so gorgeous mama! :) I love your blog and have been following you for a while now. I have been altering quite a few of thrifted items because I have been inspired by your blog. I love this peplum tute and reminds me of my mama when she used to make my clothes and she made me a peplum once when I was a little girl. Too bad she is in the Philippines or I would be asking her to teach me more about sewing and stuff. LOL! So awesome! Thank you for sharing.

  30. You look sooooo cute in that. Love the overlap detail at the back!

  31. where are those shoes from?!?!? they are to die for?!

  32. Love love love!
    All your diy’s are beyond inspiring!

  33. nice top. :)
    Irene Wibowo

  34. I must try this!

  35. You could have significantly less bulk if you cut the bottom skirt on the bias and with flare cones.. Then it would be a true peplum and not a gather skirt on the bottom.. Very cute though

  36. Love this post!! thanks for the tutorial..so cool !

    xo Lisa

    p.s. I am following u now, hope u can visit me too!

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  38. Thanks for the tutorial! You inspired me to refashion my own peplume from a men’s shirt. Hope you get a chance to check it out. I’ve already bookmarked a bunch of your tutorials to try :)

    Tailoring my life

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  43. Hey, the links to your quick peplum top/tutorial do not work. I would really like to be able to see what you did.

  44. I love this!


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