DIY Houndstooth Peplum Top

DIY Houndstooth Peplum Top
It’s gotten to the point where my belly has completely taken over.  Most of my tops now have a bit of belly sticking out below which is so not cute and many others are simply getting way too tight.  I then remembered my trusty Vogue V8815 which have made many alteration appearances here here here and here.

Thinking about what fabric would be perfect, into my head popped this gorgeous rose and white mini houndstooth fabric from  This fabric is a 2-way stretch that sews perfectly and doesn’t wrinkle easily.  It is definitely one to add to your stash!

The following pattern alterations were made:

-Removed 4″ from the bodice front and back
-Cut the back on the fold and eliminate the back zipper
-Created a faced deep V-neck
-Cut two pieces for the front bodice
-Added a 9″ side zipper
-Faced the back neck
-Added a 15″x54″ peplum

Jeans-Citizens of Humanity
Heels- CL

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  1. September 18, 2014 / 9:23 am

    Such pretty pleats! Love it.

  2. September 18, 2014 / 11:22 am

    You have looked as fabulous as ever throughout your pregnancy.

  3. September 18, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    Pretty top. Love it

  4. September 18, 2014 / 9:30 pm


    Love this top and the alterations you do to this pattern…question…how far down do you cut the V from the neck cut edge on this pattern. Thank you for your assistance:)

  5. September 19, 2014 / 3:03 am

    You are totally the best looking 9 months pregnant woman ever!! I'll take a belly if I could look like you. So glad you have not embraced the muu muu look.

  6. Anonymous
    September 19, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    Just found your blog today and I am obsessed. I adore your style and I am so envious of your sewing abilities! I really want to learn to make my own clothes and you are a great inspiration. P.S. I'm a Nikki too – only I spell it Nici 🙂

  7. September 19, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    That turned out beautifully! !

  8. September 19, 2014 / 10:54 pm

    So cute! and your invisible zip insertion is great. You have such a great eye for design and great fabric selection.

  9. September 24, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Oh my I love this top! My bump might be a tad smaller than yours at this stage, but let's face it not much, even the band on my pregnancy jeans start to slide off. Will definitely have a go at that vogue pattern – love the neckline!

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