DIY Lemon Peplum Top

DIY Lemon Peplum Top
With a desire to combat this dreary, cold and horrible weather, I felt it necessary to brighten it up a little with this beautiful heavy weight bright lemon colored wool from  that’s hands down the easiest fabric I’ve ever sewn.  It cuts nicely, and irons surprisingly well.  This color is so amazing, I’m now on a mad search to find a lighter weight fabric in this shade for summer.  I actually made a skirt and this top in this fabric but wearing the whole look was a bit overwhelming for me so separates it is.  The top was made with the same bodice pattern used on these two dresses here and here  McCalls M5927 with the following pattern alterations:

Cut a 2″ angled insert on the top of the shoulders
Cut the front bodice down the middle creating two pieces
Cut a scallop V neck in the front bodice
Faced the entire top
Added an invisible 23″ zipper
Added a peplum by cutting  2 pieces of fabric 11″ wide by 25″ long, cut one piece of the fabric in half and baste the seam closed.  Sew the back pieces to the front piece.  Sew the bodice to the peplum using the side seams and the back seam as a guide.  Attach the remaining zipper to the back peplum seam and pleat the fabric between the seams creating a pleated peplum        
Added a 1″peplum band

Pants-DIY here
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat



  1. January 30, 2014 / 10:26 am

    this yellow peplum top is so elegant! nice outfit! xo

  2. January 30, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    oh my goodness! it's fabulous! you look great in it!

  3. January 30, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    Love it!

  4. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you do!!!

  5. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    So beautiful, you are so creative and talented. I love the fact when I look at your blog I don't see all the same clothes all other bloggers make. The way you manipulate patterns and design is truly a gift. Keep up the great work!

  6. January 30, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    So…I'm definitely ready for you to start your own pattern line…You've got skills!

  7. January 30, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    This is my favorite thing that you have made! Very inspiring! You have a gift.

  8. January 30, 2014 / 6:04 pm

    I agree! You are truly gifted. I love this top and the color.

  9. CN
    January 30, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    This is gorgeous!! As soon as I finish making a copy of your flowy wrap top dress, I'm tackling this project. It looks so professional, girly, sophisticated, and fun. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    girl that is too beautiful

  11. Tiffany from Chicago
    January 30, 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Wow Nikki this is beautiful!

  12. January 30, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    Gorgeous! Great Color I miss Spring : )

  13. January 31, 2014 / 2:13 am

    This is so pretty! I love the way you changed the pattern. I would never have guessed that it was M5927.

  14. January 31, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    The yellow is perfect for the "January Blues", perfect for this dreary weather.

  15. February 1, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    Amazing …. Color amazing ….. Shape of the peplum love the length just fab from head to toe dear

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