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My name is Savannah. I'm the mom to two amazing girls who inspired me to start sewing. About 5 years ago, pregnant with my youngest, I couldn't sew, despite hours of trying. Then, at about 2 a.m. one night, I awoke with an idea o couldn't shake. I saw, in my head, a bag attached to a wipe case that would help me avoid diaper bags. With my mind running 100 miles an hour, I jumped straight out of bed and began sewing the bag. After that moment, everything just clicked. As long as I could see it in my head, I could create it. With the support of my friends and family, I began sewing bags of all kinds. Diaper bags became my niche and they helped me discover new techniques with each bag. By the time I had discovered patterns (quite recently actually), it was too late. I had discovered I didn't need them. All I needed was accurate measurements, a little math, and a vision.
Here is a tutorial on how to make this adorable peplum tunic:
#1- measure A- top of shoulders to hips B- circumference around C- from one side of the neck to the other I.e. the measurements for us were: A. 18" B. 23" C. 4"
#2-cut Cut the fabric Height= your A measurement Length= your B measurement -1" (subtract 1" so it fits nice and snug) I.e. we cut ours 18" tall by 22" wide
#3 arm and neck At the top of the fabric, we cut where the neck and arm will be: From the fold you will cut by using: 1.5C/2. I.e. our C=4", so 4x1.5=6, so I want my neck 6" wide. I'm cutting from the fold so ÷2=3" I measured 3" from the fold and cut over and down towed the edge with a curve. Then, I cut a slight curve in the neck.
#4- Sew Sew the edge (the back) together. Then, hem from the neck and then down around to the other side of the neck.
#5-sew Fold the top of the neck over 2x, then sew to create a casing.
#6- cut the ruffle Make it as tall as you'd like. You can make it a full skirt or just a cute little ruffle like I did here. Cut it 2xB long I.e. mine was 46" wide
#7- Sew the ruffle together so it forms a circle.
#8- pin the ruffle around the bottom of the bodice
#9- sew the ruffle to the bodice slowly gathering a little as you sew.
#10-hem the bottom of the ruffle
#11- create a strap 1.5" wide. Fold it in half and sew down the side
#12- Turn strap inside out, hem It, then pull it through the casing you created at the top of the bodice.
And you're done! Can be made with knit for a cute top or swim for a cute swim top!