Tutorial – Loose fitting peplum

May 24, 2016

This weekened I did my very first periscope! I was just working on a pattern and thought it might be fun to try one out. It was so much fun! It wasn't really about anything, although I did give a quick run down of how I create patterns.

I did another periscope this morning about exercising with kids annnd... two people showed up. Haha! 8:00 AM may not be everyone's favorite time to get on periscope. That's the tricky thing about scopes is that you have to find a time when your followers have time! Haha!

Anyway, the pattern making periscope I made was showing the pattern I made for this shirt! I am so happy with how it turned out, except... The pocket is on the wrong side. Haha! Have you noticed that t-shirts always have pockets over the left breast? I'm guess it's because most people are right-handed and it's easier to get into the shirt pocket if it's on the opposite side of the dominant hand. Oh well. I'll just pretend that I made this shirt to accommodate left-handers.

Want to make it? Okay!

Difficulty level: Intermediate

You will need:
Model shirt
1 yard knit fabric (no need to zig zag stitch seam allowances with most knit fabrics)
measuring tape
corresponding thread
double stretch needle (optional, but recommended)
scissors, thread, etc.

Find a model shirt to trace the seam lines on pattern paper (the first part of this tutorial will help you know how to trace your model correctly). In the diagram above, I included the mathematics to get the width of the peplum and bodice pieces to have the same amount of loose-ness as mine has.

*I often use a model shirt to trace when I create patterns (and it's the easiest way), but sometimes the model shirt isn't exactly cut the way I want. So I'll trace the parts of the model shirt that I want the same, like the neckline, shoulder seams, arm holes, and sleeves and adjust where I need. This time, I decided that I wanted to improve my sleeve making skills, so I researched sleeve-making and found this site. If you're wanting to improve your sleeve-making-abilities, I highly recommend it!

 Step 1
With right sides together, pin the shoulder and side seams of the bodice pieces. Sew. Iron seams open.

Step 2
With right sides together, pin the short ends of the sleeves together and sew. Pin the sleeves to the arm holes of the bodice (right sides together) and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Use double stretch needle for sleeve hem. Iron hem.
Step 3
Lengthen your stitch to its longest setting and stitch along the top edge of the peplum. Leave long trail thread.
Step 4
Pin peplum pieces at shorter ends with right sides together. Sew together. Iron seams open.

Step 5
Gather peplum by pulling the trail thread and pin evenly around bottom edge of shirt with right sides together so that the sides seams meet. Sew. Use double stretch needle for hem. Iron hem.

Step 6: Pocket
Try the shirt on and decide where you want the pocket to be. Use a pin to mark the top, inner corner of the pocket. Hem all four sides of the pocket (1/4" seam allowance for sides and bottom, 1/2" seam allowance for top) and pin the pocket onto the shirt. Make sure that the fabric of the shirt or the pocket is not stretched when you pin and use a lot of pins when pinning the pocket so that the fabric doesn't shift around when you're sewing. Sew.

Perfect for summertime, amiright?

Let me know if you give this shirt a shot! Post a pic on Instagram and tag @suesnews I'd love to see how yours turned out!

And I gotta add in pics of my favorite photography assistant!

Good luck!

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