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Tutorial: Piped Peplum Top Pattern

Hi everyone! I’m Jen from the Sewing Rabbit Team, and co-author of the blog Eat. Sleep. Make. with my sister-in-law, Shannon.

Shannon and I love to share tutorials and DIY’s that range from sewing, parties, home decoration, recipes, and everything in between. A major part of that “in between” for me includes sewing for my children because, as I’m sure many of you can attest to, they grow entirely too fast. And that means they need new clothes entirely too often. I’m so glad Meg hosts KCW every year because I need that little extra kick in the pants to sit down and add to my kids’ wardrobe!

As part of the Sewing Rabbit’s Fall Collection, I created a Piped Peplum Top DIY…


Peplum tops. I can’t get enough of them! I love that they’re trending right now because it was the perfect excuse for me to make one for my girl in autumn colors. To tell you the truth, I made 4 of these tops for my daughter because I couldn’t stop myself after making one. Peplum tops are flattering on both adults and children, but my daughter is especially fond of this particular shirt because the peplum does a little twirl when she spins.

And what little girl doesn’t love to twirl?


To make this top a little more appropriate for colder weather, it is fully lined and the sleeves are 3/4 length (though they could easily be lengthened if you prefer long sleeves.) The thing that makes this shirt special, though, is that it includes piping on both the bodice and peplum. If you’ve never worked with piping before, don’t worry! It’s super easy and adds a lot of visual interest to the top.

Ready to make one??

How to Sew a Piped Peplum Top, with Free Pattern



  • free downloadable pattern in 4T found HERE
  • 3/4 yard cotton main fabric, 3/4 yard cotton lining fabric
  • 1 package piping, 5+ buttons
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • zipper foot
  • disappearing ink marker
  • sewing machine and basic sewing supplies


First, print out my free pattern HERE (and join and tape together A and B where indicated), and use it to cut out all of your fabric pieces (12 total).

Your pattern pieces will include:

  • 2 front bodices cut on the fold (one from main fabric and one from lining fabric)
  • 4 back bodice pieces not on the fold (one right and left from main fabric and one right and left from your lining fabric)
  • 2 peplums cut on the folds (one from main fabric, one from lining fabric) *note: in the picture above the peplum is folded in half, but you should have a full circle
  • 4 sleeves cut on the fold (two from main fabric and two from lining fabric.)



Note: if you’ve never cut out a peplum before (which is basically a circle skirt), it may look a little strange. You’ll need to fold your fabric in fourths and then lay your pattern so that the flat sides of your pattern are on the folds as shown above. If you’re still confused, Dana has a great tutorial on how to make a circle skirt HERE.



ONE: after you’ve cut out your main bodice piece, fold it with wrong sides together (WST) and use your ruler and disappearing ink marker to draw a line from the neck to the bottom along the dotted lines indicated on the pattern. Use your rotary cutter to cut along the line you just drew.

TWO: your main bodice piece should now be cut in 3 pieces, which I’ve labeled A, B, and C for clarification.

THREE: cut out 2 lengths of piping approximately 10 1/4 inches each. Pin the raw edges of one piece of piping to the raw edges of piece A. Pin the other length of piping to piece C.

FOUR: switch to your zipper foot and set your stitch length and width to the highest numbers. Sew a basting stitch along the length of each piece of piping close to the edge.

FIVE: piece A and C should now have piping attached.

SIX: now, place piece B on top of piece C with right sides together (RST) and pin. Set your stitch length and width back to your normal settings, and use your zipper foot to sew as close to the piping as possible. Repeat to attach piece A to the other side. Iron.


Your main bodice should now look like the one above!



The pink floral fabric I changed to in these next few steps is still the main fabric. I just made a couple different versions to perfect the assembly, so don’t be confused!

ONE: to attach your back bodice to your front bodice, place your right and left back bodice pieces on top of your front bodice with RST. You’ll notice the back bodice pieces overlap an inch or so, that’s what you want! Pin along the shoulders only and stitch with your regular sewing foot to attach.

TWO: open your top and lay it flat so that the right side, or pattern side, is facing up. Find the middle of the curved part of your sleeve and the middle of your armhole, and pin with your fabrics RST.

THREE: ease the curve of your sleeve along the curve of the armhole and pin all along the armhole. Sew to attach and repeat to attach the other sleeve.

FOUR: when your open your top back up, it should now look like this.

FIVE: now fold your top together so that it’s inside out. Pin along the bottom of each sleeve and down the side. Sew. Repeat for the other side.

SIX: Turn right side out and press. Now repeat steps 1-5 above with your lining fabric to create a second bodice.


To join the main fabric and lining fabric, place the top you made from your main fabric on your lining with RST, and match up the raw edges. Sandwich the sleeves inside of the two tops so they wont get caught up when you sew around the edges. Pin from one side of your shirt to the other and sew, leaving the bottom unsewn.


Turn right side out, and push the sleeves of your lining inside those of your main fabric. Press. You should now have a nice lined bodice!


Before you do anything else, create your button holes on the left side of your button placket, then overlap the button placket 1 inch (shown above) and sew a basting stitch along the bottom to keep the lining and main fabric together.

Now let’s take care of those sleeves…



Line up the raw edges of your sleeves. Press both edges inward about 1/4 inch, then sew by hand or machine to encase the raw edges inside.



ONE: place your main peplum and lining peplum RST and pin all around the outer edge. Sew outer edge only. Turn right side out and press, then sew a basting stitch all around the inside edge to keep the main fabric and lining fabric together.

TWO: measure the diameter of your inner circle, and cut a piece of piping 1/2 inch longer. Match up the raw edges of your piping fabric and peplum and pin, making sure to overlap the ends of your piping. Switch to your zipper foot and sew a basting stitch to secure the piping.

THREE: match up the raw edges of your bodice with that of your peplum and pin all around. Use your zipper foot to sew around your peplum as close to the piping as possible. Serge or zig zag the raw edges to prevent fraying.


Finally, add buttons! You can’t go wrong with purple buttons.


Careful. After you make one piped peplum top, you may find yourself addicted like me. This shirt has already gotten a lot of wear so far! I can tell I’m going to be making even more of them as my daughter grows.




Thanks so much for having me Meg! I can’t wait to see what everyone else is making for fall. If you’d like to see what else we’re up to, you can visit Shannon and I on Eat. Sleep. Make. Today we are showing off how to sew the corduroy cuffed pants that you see in these photos, made to match the piped peplum top!

Click here to see how to sew the cuffed corduroy pants!



And be sure to stop by The Sewing Rabbit to see the rest of the team’s fall collection! With new tutorials and patterns premiering all month – there is tons of inspiration to get you read for KCW Fall 2013…

Sewing Rabbit Fall Collection - Free DIY Sewing Tutorials and Patterns all month long!

Happy Sewing!

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  • Reply Jen @ Eat. Sleep. MAKE. September 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Thanks so much for having me Meg! Fall sewing is my favorite 🙂

  • Reply Jess Abbott September 25, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Jen – this top is fabulous!! Can’t wait to make them for my girls. Well done!

  • Reply Ellen September 29, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I was just wondering what adjustments would have to be made if I wanted to make one without the piping? Thanks! This is adorable. My niece will get spoilt this chrissy!

    • Reply Jen @ Eat. Sleep. Make. September 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Ellen! If you want to leave the piping out, the only adjustment you’d really need to make is to make the front bodice piece (the one with the piping) the same size as your front lining piece, which is about an inch less in width. Rather than cutting out a front bodice, just use your front lining pattern to cut out both a lining and a main bodice piece (you’ll find the link to the pattern pieces in my post.) I hope that helps!

  • Reply Ellen September 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Reply Jen @ Eat. Sleep. Make. October 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      You’re welcome! Feel free to email me if you have any more questions 🙂

      • Reply Ellen October 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

        I’d love to send you a photo of my completed Peplum. I can’t seem to attach anything though, I’m very proud of it! 🙂

        • Reply Jen @ Eat. Sleep. Make. October 17, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to see it! Email me at jen(at)eatsleepmake(dot)com please!

  • Reply jezabeth October 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    thanks! and good vibes!

  • Reply 腕時計 メンズ ランキング October 15, 2013 at 12:38 am

    腕時計 メーカー

  • Reply Paul Joy November 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

    thanks Jan, am so in love with this dress, off 2 make mine

  • Reply erin January 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Hello I love this but I was wondering if you had a 6-9 months version for the pattern that you could email me. Thanks so much

  • Reply Shae February 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    If I wanted to make this for a bigger girl what adjustments need to made like a size 10 girls

  • Reply Laura April 8, 2014 at 7:05 am

    So cute! Could you please tell me the name of the fabric you used? I have some throw pillows in the exact same fabric, that I bought at Marshall’s last year! I would love to sew some matching window valances, if I could track down matching fabric.

    Thank you!

  • Reply shelley April 8, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Do you have the patterns for other sizes available? thanks…it’s sew cute!

  • Reply มาร์คหน้า June 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after
    going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Regardless, I’m definitely delighted I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it
    and checking back often!

  • Reply Serene July 1, 2014 at 3:58 am

    I would love to make this top but do you have the patterns in size 6 and 9. Thank you.

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