It seems that with fashion month passing us by, we’ve heard endless amounts about trend-casting for next year & for the coming season too! One word that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues is the “peplum”. A decorative overskirt that’s been spotted on dresses, skirts and even coats, this trend is here to stay! It’s perfect for accentuating small waists & putting volume on your hips, and can also disguise your food belly on a date. My kinda outfit, haha!
Today I’ll be showing you how we made a detachable peplum so the trend can travel with you from one outfit to another, like a trusty accessory :)
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- pattern paper & a pencil
- measuring tape
- about a yard of fabric
- some super wide elastic
- sewing machine
[ MAKE PATTERN ] – Start with creating your pattern for the skirt. You’ll need to know your waist measurement and the length that you want your peplum to be. We’re going to need to get the radius of a circle because we’re making a pattern for a basic circle skirt. Take your waist measurement, add two inches and then divide it all by 2?. This will give you the radius measurement for your inner circle. I did about 4.75 inches for the radius, which is about a size 4 to 6 skirt.
You can draw a circle very easily by holding your measuring tape at the corner of your paper & drawing multiple points at the same distance away from that point. My second circle was about 7 inches greater radius than the first, making the length of the peplum about 7 inches! Draw a second circle that is 7 inches greater on your pattern :) Any questions?
[ CUT PATTERN] – Cut out your pattern piece. It should be a quarter circle.
[ CUT FABRIC ] – Fold your fabric into quarters & then cut using the pattern you just created.
[ SEW ELASTIC ] – Use your waist measurement and add an inch for seam allowance to determine how long the elastic should be. Cut the elastic & then finish the edges by serging or zigzag stitching the ends. Then sew the ends together.
[ FINISH TOP ] – Serge or zigzag stitch the top of the peplum (the inner part of the circle). You need to do this to prevent the fabric from fraying!
[ PIN ] – Pin the serged edge of the fabric to the elastic. Start by pinning a single point and then pin the opposite mid-points of the circles. Then pin at the quarter-way points.
[ SEW TOGETHER ] – Sew the elastic waistband and fabric together with a single straight stitch. You’ll notice that the fabric is longer than the elastic, so you’ll need to stretch the elastic while you are sewing. This will cause the fabric to gather very slightly.
[ HEM ] – Make a simple rolled hem at the bottom & sew with a straight stitch. Make sure to iron the fabric after & you’re done!
HOW TO WEAR IT:
Now that you’ve got a peplum, what should you wear it with?
- your black mini skirt could use a little oomph!
- if you’ve got an LBD that’s a body con, add some volume by wearing your peplum with it
- make one in a bright colour & combine trends by using it to colour block!
Thanks for reading! Are you gonna try this DIY? Tweet us a photo @everybodyisugly
by Sylvia of lipglossandblack
Images by Syl and Sam