Ready for another peplum top? Last week I gave you a basic tutorial for sewing up your own peplum top, and today I have another version with a slightly simplified sewing method. If it’s your first time making a peplum top, you’ll probably want to use last week’s method, because it might take a few tries to figure out how you like your peplum top to fit and specifically where you want the waistline to be. However, once you’ve made a peplum top and have a good idea how long to cut the shirt portion, the following method is a little simpler. Either way, you’ll probably want to read through that tutorial first, then come back to this one.
I again used my raglan sleeve easy tee pattern as a base for my top, cutting it short enough to hit at my natural waist and bringing the side seams in an inch or two. For basic raglan top construction, see this post. I used the 3/4 sleeve variation, and it took close to 2 yards of fabric. As with all my easy tee tutorials, be sure you’re using knit (stretchy) fabric.
(You’re going to end up with two quarter donut peplum pieces instead of one half donut this time around.)
I used contrast knit for the neckline and added narrow sleeve bands instead of hemming, kind of like I did on this shirt.
I decided to try a hi-lo hem for this shirt. I laid the shirt out and trimmed the hem as you can see below (the right side of the photo is the center front of the shirt and the left side is the center back).
And here’s how the hi-lo hem looks:
This knit is also from Girl Charlee (no longer available). It’s a cotton jersey knit, and it’s much softer than the knit I used for the first peplum shirt so the peplum is less pronounced. I still feel like it’s fairly flattering and helps add a little curve to my waistline.