+ 1 hour diy loose peplum top


Back story on the fabric, when I was living in a home built in the late 1800s, I found 5 drapes hiding beneath a bench seat. They have been there before the remodel in the 196os, so I’m guessing they are at least 60+ years old. They were yellowing white, 100% cotton beauties that I saw so much potential in. After a good bleaching, I cut up 1 drape to make this, and I love it. I love how things go full circle. I love when I make things there is so much more meaning to it then picking it up at the mall. I’m all about a good shopping trip, but creating things gives me more of a high. Have any of you found a good up-cycle project lately?

I’ve always liked a peplum top, but I’ve recently, in the last 5 or so years, liked a boxy top. So, the marriage of the loose + the peplum was inevitable for me. Its feminine, and yet still loose enough to be one of those comfy shirts you can just throw on in the go. And with this version its cropped, perfect for high waisted pencil skirts or skinnies. I need to make this in a striped knit fabric and make it a bit longer. Perfect summer coverup or top!

top: self-made tutorial below    pants/necklace: h&m   shoes: same edelman    hat: target (current)



1-1.5 yards of light weight fabric (knit or woven)



sewing machine


5. To attach a collar go here.

ruffle bottom top


  1. I totally agree with you! Shopping is fun but making something myself is so much more rewarding. I love giving new life to something that would otherwise be discarded!

    Wonderful tutorial as always Liz!

    XO, K

  2. Amazing peplum top and sandals!

  3. Roxanne says:

    Love the back-stories! I does mean more when it has history attached to it.

  4. Natalie says:

    Love this!!! You are so talented! I can’t wait to make one.

  5. Sarah Helene says:

    CHIC WHITE SHEER DOTTED PEPLUM TOP! Amazing to read that you re-purposed old cotton fabric. 8 easy steps with text & line drawings show what’s needed to sew in your Loose Peplum Top tutorial. Your accessories are “spot-on!” FAB photo shoot . . . could be from VOGUE! BRAVO for your ingenuity, design & sewing talents. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  6. Great job! You make everything look good! Definitely want to try this! Thank you for sharing your talents!

  7. Love loose peplum tops lately! Will defenitely try this out! :)

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    Stay fancy!
    xxx Kelly-Louise


  8. this looks so pretty! i’ll need to try it out once i master the confidence :)

  9. I have been searching for an easy top to make for summer…and this looks like the one that I am making this week! Thank you for the great tutorial. Just found your blog and will follow.

  10. I made one….
    ….but it took me a lot longer than an hour : )

  11. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  12. I like both of the tops you have made…this one and the one just sent today with the cap sleeve. Like this version of peplum…definitely going to try it. And the story on the drapes…making a long skirt out of another one and wearing this would have a truly vintage vibration to it.


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