I am loving the Peplum trend and have been dying to make a peplum shirt for quite some time now but hadn’t gotten around to it. Well over the weekend I was going through my closet and stumbled across an old dress that I had never worn and thought to myself, this would be a great dress to refashion into a peplum shirt, so I pulled out my sewing machine and got to work. If you love Peplum checkout my blog post on the Peplum Fashion Trend to get a few ideas and inspirations before you get started.

"dress to peplum shirt"Here is what you will need:

  • Dress (Choose a dress that is fitted at the waist and gets wider at the bottom)
  • Fabric Pen & Ruler
  • Straight Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

Step 1: Step 1: Start by trying on the dress to determine where you want the Peplum to start. Once you have determined where you want the peplum to start lay the dress flat and draw a line using a fabric pen to indicate where you need to cut.

"draw line to indicate where to cut"

Step 2: Cut the dress at the marked line. This will give you the top half of your shirt and the material that you will use to make your peplum.

"cut along the line to get your peplum fabric"

Step 3: Take the bottom half of the dress (This will be your peplum) if it is longer than you would like draw a line that is 1/2 inch longer than your desired length and cut along that line.

"cut the fabric to make your peplum"

Step 4: After you have your desired length, cut one of the side seams

"Cut side seam"

 Step 5:  Open fabric and lay it face down then draw a line 1/2 down (this is going to be your hem line).

"open fabric a line"

Step 6: Lay the top half of the shirt right-side-out. Lay the peplum piece of fabric face down onto the top piece lining the cut edge of the  fabric with the bottom of the shirt

"line up fabric"

Step 7: Starting at one side seam begin pinning. You will fold over a little extra fabric as you go (this is called gathering and is what will create the peplum). Continue pinning until you have the fabric attached around the entire shirt

"Pin fabric"

Step 8: Pin the edges together at the side seam

"Pin seams together"

 Step 9:  Now it’s time to sew the material together, following your pins straight stitch around the entire shirt. Make sure you sew over the folds to ensure that your material is gathering correctly.

"Stitch material"

Step 10: Sew the side seam where the two open sides meet.

"sew side seam"

After you stitch your side seam hold your shirt up and the peplum will fall right into place

"DIY Peplum Shirt tutorial"


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