How to Make a Peplum Top Out of a Dress - Easy DIY Peplum Top Tutorial

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by Sewphilia Studio
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In today’s DIY peplum top tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a peplum top pattern out of an old dress. The dress was just sitting in my closet, not getting any use, and I decided it would be the perfect candidate for a sewing project.

This DIY peplum top can be dressed down with jeans or dressed up with a skirt, and it’s incredibly easy to make. So if you’d like to learn how to make a peplum top out of a dress, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • Dress
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Fabric chalk
  • Sewing machine
The dress before it was modified

Measuring the dress

1. Measure and mark

To begin, I measured from my shoulder to my waist. Then, I measured out that same amount down from the shoulder of the dress and made a line across the dress with fabric chalk to mark the waist. 

Cutting along the waistline of the dress

2. Cut the waistline

Then I cut the dress on that line.


Cutting along the folder of the dress

3. Fold and cut

I folded the bottom part of the dress in half widthwise and cut along the fold. 

Cutting open the side seams

4. Open the side seams

Then I opened the side seams on both of the bottom pieces to create two long rectangles.

Cutting off the bottom hem

I also cut off the bottom hem. 

Making a ruffle for the DIY peplum top

5. Pin and sew the ruffle

Next, I laid the two rectangles together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other, and pinned and sewed both short ends together to create a wide loop, which will become the ruffle of the peplum top.

How to make a peplum top out of a dress

6. Attach the ruffle to the top

To attach the top and bottom pieces, I laid the two pieces together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other, matched up the side seams, and pinned them together.

Then, I found the center front of the shirt and the center front of the ruffle, and pinned those, and repeated the same for the center back. 

Making pleats along the waistline of the top

7. Make pleats

With the excess fabric, I began to make pleats all around the waistline and pinning them in place. 

How to sew peplum top

8. Sew the waistline

Once all the pleats were pinned down, I sewed all the way around the waistline with a straight stitch. 

How to make a peplum top

9. Hem

Finally, to hem the top, I folded the bottom edge once and sewed it down. 

DIY peplum top tutorial

DIY peplum top tutorial

How perfect is this transformation? It always feels great to take clothes that I have and turn them into clothes that I want. What do you think of my peplum top sewing pattern? Let me know in the comments if you try this project for yourself!

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