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Double the Peplum

Cleanly finished tiers lend femininity to a jacket

Threads #205, Oct./Nov. 2019
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Create an hourglass illusion by adding a two-tiered peplum at a jacket's waistline.

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.

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…

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  1. TigerB August 27th

    Judith Neukam's timing is amazing. I have a vest pattern with a peplum and was wondering if there were a way to jazz it up a bit... and here it is. Thanks!

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