DIY Ankara peplum top

Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing with you a tutorial on how to sew Ankara peplum top.

I love peplum tops, but don’t have any with a bell sleeve so I decided to sew one. Sewing a peplum top with bell sleeve is actually very easy, plus it saves the money you would have given to a professional fashion designer or tailor.

This project involves a couple of steps, I already explained some in other tutorials, so I just added the links separately. In case you encounter any difficulty while working on this project,  kindly let me know in the comments section below, and I’ll try as much as possible to make everything clear.

Materials you’ll need for a peplum top;

  • 2 yards Ankara and 2 yards lining fabric.
  • Pattern pieces for; bodice, peplum and bell sleeve.
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Zipper
  • Fabric marker or tailors chalk.
  • Sewing machine (If you don’t have, get one here at affordable prices. This is an affiliate link)


Steps for sewing a peplum top

Place your pattern on Ankara fabric and cut out two pieces; front and back for the bodice. When cutting,  remember to add one inch to the back piece, this will be used when attaching zipper. Repeat same for lining (you can use polyester, cotton or any cheap fabric for the lining). Cut bodice pattern

Cut sleeve. I used a bell sleeve, click here for tutorial on how to cut bell sleeve.Bell sleeve

Cut out peplum pattern. You should now have three different cut outs; bodice, sleeve, and peplum.

Sew darts to the Ankara and lining fabrics.

Sew both bodice pieces together at the shoulders. Using the scissors, divide the back piece of bodice into two at the middle, this is where the zipper will be sewn. Repeat same for lining.Sew darts

Pin Ankara and lining fabric together, with right sides facing and sew around the neck. Then turn right sides out, and iron out. The step is important because it hides the seam and gives the neck a nice finishing.Pin RS together

Sew lining to peplum top


Pin sleeves to bodice, right sides facing and sew. Then sew from top of the bell sleeve till bottom of bodice. The bodice is now halfway done.Sew sleeves

Attach peplum piece to bodice and sew. (I added lining to the peplum, this is totally optional).Peplum top

Sew zipper to the back. Finally, iron it and you’re done. Peplum top is ready to wear!

That’s it! You now have a peplum top with bell sleeve. Pair this with a pencil skirt or jeans, and you’re good to go. Try this project today, and let me know how it goes. Don’t forget to subscribe now for free. If you’re new to my blog; I upload tutorials on sewing DIY and cooking, I also share lessons from books and life generally as a housewife living in Nigeria. Next week, I’ll be back with another DIY project. Have a wonderful weekend, cheers!

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