Today I’m sharing a girl’s peplum top FREE pattern with you! Since we released the Pretty in Peplum Dress & Top Pattern last fall, I’ve been wanting to share a free version of a peplum top in a smaller size (the Pretty in Peplum pattern includes sizes 18-24M-12 years) that will fit Hattie. I can’t wait until she’s a bit bigger and can wear the dress version, but for now she (I) can just enjoy wearing a peplum top! And now your little one can too with this free pattern!
Before you begin:
Pattern is sized 12-18M (19″ chest).
Click HERE to download the free pattern pieces.
Be sure that pattern is printed at 100% and is not set to be scaled (check 1″ test square on page 2).
If you’re looking for a peplum top pattern with larger sizes and more options (including a faced neckline and dress option), the Pretty in Peplum Dress & Top Pattern includes sizes 18-24M-12 years and can be found in our shop HERE)
All seam allowances are 1/2″.
56-58″ wide knit apparel fabric with good stretch recovery – 7/8 yd
optional: 3/4yd clear elastic (affiliate link) to stabilize waistline
Note on Sewing With Knits:
Use a serger or a long and narrow zig zag stitch to allow the fabric to stretch after it’s sewn.
Pre-wash fabric and cut out pattern pieces as instructed. When cutting peplum piece, fold fabric in half, and then in half again and lay pattern piece on fold as illustrated below. This will form a continuous circular piece. If your fabric is directional, fold the fabric only once and cut two separate pieces, adding seam allowance in place of one of the fold lines so the two halves can be joined.
All seam allowances are 1/2″.
Right sides together (RST), stitch front to back along one shoulder. Press seam toward back.
Press neckband in half lengthwise and pin evenly to neckline, stretching neckband to fit. Stitch neckband to neckline and press seam allowance away from neckband.
Topstitch (use a coverstitch or twin needle if desired) close to seamline. Note: When attaching/topstitching neckband, ensure the stitches will allow enough stretch for the neck to stretch over the head. It may be necessary to widen your zig zag stitch.
Stitch front and back together along remaining shoulder/neckband. Press seam toward back.
Press bottom of each sleeve 1/2″ toward wrong side of fabric. Topstitch folded edges in place.
RST, pin one sleeve to one armhole, stretching armhole to fit sleeve cap, and matching center notch of sleeve with shoulder seam. Stitch along pinned edge. Repeat with remaining sleeve and armhole.
RST, pin and stitch each sleeve and side seam continuously from sleeve hem to bottom of front/back, matching raw edges.
Press outer edge of peplum piece 1/2″ toward wrong side of fabric. Topstitch folded edge in place.
RST, pin and stitch peplum piece to raw bottom edge of top, matching notches of peplum piece with side seams of top and front/back center notches. If your fabric doesn’t have great stretch recovery, sewing clear elastic into the seam as you go will help the top keep it’s shape and prevent it sagging out of shape.
Voila! Now go make 3 more ;).