Rachel Comey Inspired Peplum Top

This project was inspired by this fantastic boxy peplum top by Rachel Comey. It spoke to me for so many reasons: the gathered peplum is only in the front – the back is straight, so not too much poof, a boxy fit and casual vibe, girly but not too girly… also love that color – anyone know where I can get my hands on some lavender silk CDC?

Rachel Comey Inspired Peplum Top

This top started me on a boxy gathered peplum inspiration binge – just check out my fall sewing pinterest board if you want to see more! Or take a look at the lovely pepruffle top that Lisa at notes from a mad housewife made.

Rachel Comey Inspired Peplum Top

I used Butterick 3383 as my starting point. I cut the bodice pieces at the shorten/lengthen line and added a gathered rectangle to the front and a flat rectangle to the back and I lengthened the sleeves a little (wrinkles are optional). A pretty easy pattern hack.

Rachel Comey Inspired Peplum Top

I intended this as a test of the pattern hack so the fabric is a sage green tencel twill that I reclaimed from another project. I had to piece together several sections for the front peplum since there was barely enough fabric. In the end I love it and have been wearing it constantly. The next one is almost done!

Details: B3383 sz XS shortened at the shorten line, gathered rectangle added to front, flat rectangle added to back, sleeves lengthened about 2″


  1. Inder says:

    This is so great! I love the ruffled front and plain back – perfect for under jackets and sweaters, eh? Such a cute shape.

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