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Refashion a cropped summer top into this season's closet staple--a peplum top.
Smarten up your act by creating an on-trend peplum blouse using only a cropped top and half a yard of fabric. With winter upon us, you can update a cropped summer top and refashion it to create a blouse that will glam up the most hectic of mornings.

You can match the colors as I did for this project or make the peplum a different color entirely (think graphic color blocking). The main thing is to make sure the peplum length flares gently over the hips--it shouldn't be any longer than six to eight inches, depending on your height. Too long and it's a tunic--too short and it's a tutu (and we wouldn't want to look like a lost ballerina, after all).

Posted by Kristina J. from New Castle, Indiana, United States • Published See Kristina J.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a peplum top. How To Refashion A Crop Top Into A Peplum Blouse - Step 1
    Step 1

    WHAT YOU NEED:
    --Cropped top (mine is from H/M)
    --1 yard fabric
    --Sewing machine

  • How to make a peplum top. How To Refashion A Crop Top Into A Peplum Blouse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut rectangle of fabric:
    width-- 4-6 inches wide
    length-- waist measurement plus half that number.

    Sew ends together and run gathering stitch along top.

    I cut the rectangle of fabric on the bias rather than straight on the grain to create that slight fluttery effect without too much bunch.

  • How to make a peplum top. How To Refashion A Crop Top Into A Peplum Blouse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Put narrow hem along bottom edge.

  • How to make a peplum top. How To Refashion A Crop Top Into A Peplum Blouse - Step 4
    Step 4

    With right sides together, stitch top of peplum to bottom edge of top. Press.

  • How to make a peplum top. How To Refashion A Crop Top Into A Peplum Blouse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Done.

  • How to make a peplum top. How To Refashion A Crop Top Into A Peplum Blouse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pair with your favorite work day pieces.

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