How to Make an Elegant Peplum Blouse From Scratch

Creations by Shey
by Creations by Shey
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2 Hours

In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a peplum blouse without a peplum top sewing pattern. This long-sleeved DIY peplum top has a high-low style, so it’s shorter in the front than the back. The bottom ruffle gives the top that flattering peplum silhouette.

It’s actually pretty simple to make and all you need for the pattern is a loose-fitting top. Let’s get sewing.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Elastic
  • Loose-fitting top
Measuring and folding the fabric

1. Measure and fold the fabric

Fold the fabric in half. Measure how long you’d like the top to be on your own body, then fold again to that length. Mine was 20 inches.

Peplum top sewing pattern

2. Trace the bodice pattern

Place a top that fits you loosely onto the fabric and pin in place. Make sure all the edges are sharp, especially around the armhole.

Cutting out the shape of the peplum blouse

3. Cut out the shape

Carefully cut around the top, leaving a one-inch seam allowance.

DIY peplum top tutorial

Stop at the length of the fabric you measured.

Extending the neckline of the peplum blouse

4. Cut the neckline

You should now have two pieces: a back piece and a front piece. For the front piece, extend the neckline by around 3 inches.

Cutting the high-low shape of the peplum top

5. Cut the high-low shape

As this is a high-low top, I’m making the front shorter than the back. I measured 15 inches down the front center of the top, then cut out on the diagonal towards the corner.

How to make a peplum shirt

To soften the sharp edge, modify this into a curved line.

DIY peplum shirt

The front and back pieces should now look like this.

Making the sleeves for the peplum blouse

6. Make the sleeves

To make the sleeves, fold your fabric in half lengthwise twice. Place your top’s sleeve on the fabric to create the pattern. Use pins to hold in place if necessary.

Cutting the sleeve pieces out of the fabric

7. Cut out the sleeve pieces

Cut out the sleeves along the marks you made.

DIY peplum top from scratch

Snip the top corner of the sleeves to mark the center.

Peplum blouse tutorial

8. Cut out the ruffle and belt

Next, measure the ruffle pieces for the peplum top. Mine are 9 inches wide and 42 inches long, which is double the width of the top. Cut out two rectangles this size.

Also, cut out a piece of fabric for the belt. Mine was 8 inches x 40 inches.

Sewing the seams of the peplum blouse

9. Sew the seams

Now we have all the fabric pieces, we’re ready to start stitching. First, pin and sew the shoulder seams. 

Attaching the sleeves to the armholes

Then, carefully position and pin the sleeves to the armholes, starting from the center outwards.

Creating the gathers for the peplum ruffle

10. Create the gathers

Hem the bottom edges of the ruffles by folding and sewing down. Next, run a basting stitch along the top edge to create the ruffle. Pull on the stitch to create gathers.

Pinning and sewing the peplum top

11. Pin and sew the peplum bottom

Position the ruffle to the front and back pieces of the peplum top. Pin and sew down.

DIY peplum shirt

12. Sew the side seams

Sew all remaining side seams to assemble the peplum blouse.

Finishing the neckline of the blouse

13. Finish the neckline

To finish the neckline, cut a small piece of fabric 2 inches wide and the length of the peplum blouse neckline. Pin it to the neckline and sew down.

How to finish the neckline

Fold the fabric inwards twice, then add a topstitch.

How to finish the sleeves

14. Finish the sleeves

Hem the sleeves. Then, measure your wrist (mine was 7 inches) and cut a piece of elastic to that length. Sew the elastic around the cuffs.

Long sleeve peplum blouse

DIY peplum blouse version 1

DIY peplum blouse version 2

DIY peplum blouse version 3

How to make a peplum blouse tutorial

Here’s the final DIY peplum blouse! I love this peplum top with its high-low style. You can see I made several versions of this blouse; one with wider cuffs and one with puffed sleeves. It looks great in different fabrics too.

Accessorize with the fabric belt, or use one from your closet.

Let me know what you think about this tutorial on how to make a peplum blouse and whether you plan to make this peplum top for yourself.

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