Okay, let’s be honest. This month’s DIY isn’t just a blogger favorite, it’s everyone’s favorite. From the runway to the red carpet to Chictopia, this feminine, hip-emphasizing style has been absolutely everywhere.
-A garment you’d like to add a peplum to. For me, it was a blazer, but you could easily adapt these instructions to work on a skirt, shirt, or dress.
-Fabric to make your peplum out of: how much you need will depend on the desired size of your peplum.
-Enough ribbon or cording to fit around your waist
-Needle & thread
-A sewing machine and/or hand-sewing skills
1. Cut your fabric. It’s up to you how long and wide you want your peplum to be, but keep in mind that your fabric strip should be about twice as long as you want your final peplum piece to be, because the peplum will shorten when you scrunch it up. My piece was about 1 foot wide by 6 feet long.
2. Hem the sides and bottom of the strip. (I did this part by machine.)
If you are using a fabric that frays, fold over 1/4", iron, then fold again and sew. My hems were 1/2" wide.
3. On the top of the strip, hem again but make sure to leave the ends open. This creates a casing.
4. Slide a length of ribbon long enough to reach around your waist through the casing using a safety pin. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? See this video for reference.)
5. Align the edge of the fabric strip (with ribbon inside casing) with your garment where you want the peplum to begin. For me, that was at the front side of my blazer. Pin underneath the casing at the very edge of the strip.
6. Make a poof of excess fabric (see picture) and then pin another spot about 2" away from where you first pinned. Make sure to pin below the casing at each of these points. Continue to do this all the way around the garment.
7. Pull at the ends of the ribbon and the peplum will scrunch up; push the fabric along evenly so that it fits against your garment. Pin.
8. Sew the peplum on along the top. This could probably be done with a sewing machine, but I just did it by hand because I wasn’t sure how my little Singer would handle the layers of material. I simply made small whipstitches, catching the outer shell of the blazer to the top of the peplum.
I chose to keep the ends of the ribbons visible to be used as a closure for my blazer, but you could also just trim them, tuck them under the peplum and sew.
This project was pretty simple, and only took me about 3 hours.
Feel free to comment with any questions, and good luck!