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From frumpy oversized blouse to gorgeous peplum top!
This isn't a difficult tutorial, but it does have a lot of steps. Just forge through!

Posted by merrick.white.12 from Huntington Beach, California, United States • Published See merrick.white.12's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using a seam ripper, remove the sleeves from the bodice.

  • Step 2

    Measure from your shoulder to your natural waist, and then carefully cut your blouse to that length. Set aside the extra fabric from the bottom of the blouse -- this will become your peplum later on.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 3
    Step 3

    If your material isn't stretchy, you'll probably need to put a zipper in the back so you can get in and out of the shirt once it's slimmed down. Cut a straight line down the back of the shirt and insert a zipper. I used a 22" invisible zipper, and cut it down to be about 17" or so. You can make your zipper go all the way down the back -- I left about 3 inches at the bottom and just sewed that part closed.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once your zipper is in, the back of your bodice should look like this:

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 5
    Step 5

    Moving to the sleeves, pull the oversized sleeve (turned inside out) up your arm and mark with a pin how much you want to take it in. Make sure your seam curves to allow some movement at the armpit (as seen in the photo). Sew with a straight seam along the dotted line, then trim off the extra fabric and zigzag or serge the raw edge to prevent fraying.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat on the other sleeve. They should now look like this:

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 7
    Step 7

    Going back to the bodice, turn it inside out and try it on. Mark with pins where you want to take it in (make sure your zipper is centered in the back).

    Carefully remove the top and sew with a straight stitch along your marked lines. Trim off the extra fabric and zigzag or serge the raw edge to prevent fraying.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 8
    Step 8

    You should now have three pieces that look like this:

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now it's time to attach the sleeves to the bodice. First, try on the bodice and measure how wide you want the shoulder width, then trim the arm holes. I cut mine down to 4 inches wide, as seen in the photo.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 10
    Step 10

    Then, with right sides together, pin the sleeve to the bodice, as seen in the photo.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 11
    Step 11

    The arm hole on the bodice will probably be slightly larger than the arm hole on the sleeve -- this is normal and will allow sleeve movement. As you pin, distribute the extra fabric evenly between pins, and then as you sew, stretch the fabric as much as you can and you will be able to avoid tucks.

    Sew around the entire sleeve with a straight stitch, then trim off the extra fabric and serge or zigzag the raw edge.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 12
    Step 12

    Once your sleeve is attached, turn it right side out and press. The extra arm hole fabric, that I mentioned above, might create a little waviness, but it will iron right out as long as you don't have any tucks.

    Your shirt should now look like this (this is pre-ironed -- see the waviness?).

    Repeat to attach the second sleeve.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now let's move to the peplum. Take the bottom of the blouse that we cut off at the beginning and trim it down if necessary so it's completely even all the way across. (mine was 7" tall once it was trimmed).

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 14
    Step 14

    Measure the width of the bottom of your bodice (where your natural waist is), and cut 2 pieces of elastic in that length. Sew the ends of the two pieces of elastic together to make a big circle.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 15
    Step 15

    Pin the circle of elastic to your peplum (I pinned mine in four places and sewed in sections, pulling the elastic tight in between pins). Sew around the entire peplum, stretching the elastic as you sew (as seen in the photo).

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 16
    Step 16

    The bottom of the bodice and the top of the peplum should now have the same circumference measurement, and your peplum should look like this:

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 17
    Step 17

    With right sides together, attach the peplum to the bodice. Using a straight stitch, sew next to the elastic (don't sew on the elastic!) as shown in the photo with the dotted line.

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 18
    Step 18

    Once the peplum is attached, use a seam ripper to remove the elastic (keeping it there just adds bulk to the waistline, which you don't want, obviously).

  • How to make a peplum top. Peplum Blouse Refashion - Step 19
    Step 19

    Once the elastic is removed, trim the seam allowance and zigzag or serge the raw edge to prevent fraying. I used all the original hems, so press all your seams and you're done!

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kitblu
kitblu · Windsor, Ontario, CA
After losing weight, I have several tops that I can refashion. And, since I have no hips I love peplums.
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Rachel's Craft Channel
Rachel's Craft Channel · Morris, Minnesota, US · 276 projects
What kind of fabric is the short made of? The sheen of it makes me think it isn't regular jersey knit.
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Sally M.
Sally M. · Orlando, Florida, US · 29 projects
Nice!!
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Cynthia H.
Cynthia H. · Crestline, California, US
Cute! I'll definately use this!
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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
you'res so pretty, even the 'frumpy' version looks good on you! wow
and nice idea Happy
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