Double the PeplumCleanly finished tiers lend femininity to a jacket
The jacket shown at left features a figure-flattering peplum made of two tiers at the waistline. The peplum layers travel from the front vertical darts to the center back, where they meet and are embellished with a self-fabric bow.
You can add this detail to any fitted jacket pattern. It can have an existing waistline seam, or you can draw the waistline for reference and then make the restyled garment without the seam. The example suit has a center-back seam, which enables a good fit through the jacket’s back. If your pattern doesn’t have a center-back seam, mark center back from the waist to the hem so you know where to align the peplum tiers during construction.
Draft the patterns
Base the peplum tiers on the original jacket pattern’s front and back, from the waistline down. If the pattern doesn’t have a waist seamline, draw one in and trace new front and back patterns from the waistline to the hem.
1. Prepare the pattern
Pin any waist darts closed, and attach the front and back pieces at the side seam.
2. Trace the waistline edge
Place translucent paper over the pinned patterns and trace the waistline. Also trace the centerback seam or foldline, and trace along the dart closer to center front to establish the tiers’ ends. Mark the waist seamline 5/8 inch from the waistline edge.
3 Shape the hemlines
Draw the upper tier, making the front hemline shorter than the back. Then draw the lower tier’s hemline, with a diagonal center-back seamline. Draw seven or more evenly spaced lines, perpendicular to the waist seamline.
4. Add flare
Cut the pattern apart along the evenly spaced lines, from the hem to the waist seamline. Spread the sections apart equally at the hemline, from 1/2 inch (for mild flare) to…