Everyone knows that sewing gives you superpowers. First on that long list is the ability to break the rules and make garments that represent you and your taste. We want to encourage you to think of our patterns as a blank canvas that you can customize to suit your style truly.
Our pattern hacks are designed to teach you hacking basics that can help you customize patterns so that you can become a confident pattern hacker. Each month, we will show you how to draft and sew one new pattern hack, and we’ll share links to two additional pattern hacks from our pattern hacks library.
- The Adria top
- Clear ruler
These hacks help you give your Seamwork patterns a custom spin—all you need is paper, a ruler, and a pencil!
This month, we teach you how to create a high-low gathered peplum for the Adria top. You can also check out two additional hacks. One will help you create a trapeze bodice, and the other adds flutter sleeves.
Note: For best results, be sure to make any necessary fit adjustments before hacking your pattern.
HACK ONE: High-low Gathered Peplum
04 | Repeat steps 1-3 with the back bodice. Label the pattern piece “back peplum, cut 1 on the fold.”
With right sides together, sew the peplum side seams. Finish seam allowances separately and press open.
Sew three rows of gathering stitches along the top edge of the front peplum, starting at one side seam and ending at the other, leaving long thread tails. Make one row 1/4” away from the raw edge. Make the second and third rows 1/2” and 3/4” away from the raw edge respectively.
Repeat step 2 on the back peplum.
With right sides together, pin the peplum unit to the assembled top at the side seams, and the center front and back. Adjust the gathers on the skirt to align with the bodice by pulling on the thread tails. Pin. Stitch at 5/8”.
Finish the seam allowances together and press up.
Fold the hem towards the wrong side at 1/4” and press. Fold under again at 1/4”. Press and stitch.