I’ve been in such a Valentine mood the last few weeks, with pink, blush, and red everything. I ordered this pink knit from Fabric.com a few weeks ago and made this knife pleat dress, and while I was ordering I threw this red lace in my cart, not knowing what I’d make with it.
I thought about making a dress or a skirt, but I decided I wanted something a little less fancy. Something I could wear casually too. So I finally decided on this short sleeved peplum top and I love how it turned out.
This lace is so perfect for any kind of project. It’s sturdy so I’m not worried about tearing or damaging it, it has a four way stretch so it didn’t require a zipper, it’s really soft and comfortable, and it has a beautiful drape. Plus it’s lightweight enough that you can gather it without it being stiff and bulky.
I’m sharing the tutorial below! Also, for those of you who often ask, I don’t provide printable patterns, but you can use this video tutorial to make your own pattern, and cut the pieces outlined in step 1 below.
- BODICE FRONT (cut on the folded edge)
- BODICE BACK (cut along the folded edge)
- NECKLINE LINING (cut 2 – I used a nude knit fabric so it was invisible)
- SLEEVES (cut 2 – along the folded edge)
- 2 rectangular pieces for the PEPLUM (width measurement = the bottom width of your BODICE pieces x 1.5. Height measurement = 8″ roughly. You can do more or less).
2. Sew darts into your BODICE FRONT piece.
3. Sew the BODICE FRONT and BODICE BACK pieces together at the shoulder seams (with right sides together).
4. Now it’s time to attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the sleeve with the bodice shoulder seam (as shown) with right sides together. Pin in place.
5. Continue pinning the sleeve to the bodice, and then sew along the arm hole with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.
6. With right sides together, sew the sides of the bodice up with a straight stitch.