Nani Iro Peplum Top

This project started with the fabric first, which I love! I bought enough yardage for a top, then I looked for a pattern that would work with what I had in mind.

burda 6977 peplum top in nani iro double gauze 2

The pattern is Burda 6977, a peplum top, dress and skirt. This is the top (obviously) and I think I’d like to make the dress as well. I’ve made the top before – Bird Print Peplum Top – and loved it. It’s so easy to wear with both skirts and pants, although it’s better with skirts unless the pants sit quite high on the waist.

burda 6977 peplum top in nani iro double gauze 1

The only change I made was to add 1cm (3/8″) of length to the bodice, above the waistline. It’s sitting in the perfect spot for me now.

burda 6977 peplum top in nani iro double gauze 5

And luckily, I didn’t end up with any ‘fig leaves’ or boob flowers. I like how that one big pale pink flower on the left shoulder looks like a corsage.

I can get this top out of 1 metre of Nani Iro double gauze – yay! I often see this fabric at Spool of Thread and love it, but since it’s expensive I only want to buy exactly what I need. Now I know that one metre is enough.

burda 6977 peplum top in nani iro double gauze 3

I lined it with turquoise cotton voile. I’d originally bought the turquoise fabric for a top but decided it was too wrinkly for a top. Makes a great lightweight lining fabric though!

burda 6977 peplum top - zipper and blue lining

However, I changed sewing machine thread colour so many times that I started to regret my turquoise lining choice.

  • Purple body: purple thread
  • Turquoise lining: turquoise thread
  • Sewing lining to shell: purple
  • Understitching: turquoise
  • Zipper: purple
  • and so on!

I did remember to fuse the interfacing to the lining this time and not to the main fabric. I still think this is sort of a lazy method, but it’s a quick top so I don’t mind. If I were making an extra-special version I might consider making separate facing pieces that attach to the lining, for nicer neckline edges.

burda 6977 peplum top - interfacing goes on lining not main fabric

I understitched the peplum hem, which looks particularly nice to me. I pressed the peplum so a little bit of the purple fabric rolled to the underside. This ensures that the bright blue lining won’t show at the edges.

understitched peplum edge

This also means that the lining ends up longer at the top edge of the peplum, since more lining fabric is rolled to the inside than if I’d folded it exactly on the lower seamline. If you do this (or something similar) make sure you use the main fabric raw edge as your guide for the waistline seam. (You could trim the excess lining if that makes it easier to remember and easier to sew the seam.)

lining edge is about quarter inch longer than peplum

As I was working on this top I wondered if the print was a bit loud. Weird, eh? I love loud! Maybe my tastes are slowly becoming more refined. I’m glad I made it a top though and not a dress or larger garment.

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I used an invisible zipper as per the directions, instead of the lapped zipper I used in the first version of this pattern. This is better as it’s more subtle. Do be careful if you’re sewing something in double gauze and inserting an invisible zipper though, I caught a bit of the fabric in the zipper and it left a snag.

Funny fact about this top: I have worn my first version quite a lot and if you wear it with pants, the back peplum point has a tendency to slip into the back of your pants when you bend or sit. It’s so much better with a skirt that hits at the natural waist. Perhaps if I wore pants that hit at the waist they’d be fine too.

burda 6977 peplum top - plaid bias tape

I used leftover plaid bias tape from the book to finish the armholes. It’s cute on the inside, and no one will see it from the outside. (See how the bias tape is used to finish the edges in more detail, here.)

burda 6977 peplum top - handmade with love label

And I added a Handmade with Love label – I’d forgotten to sew it to the lining when it was flat, so I went back in through the center back opening and sewed it to the lining, making sure not to catch the main fabric.

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Flat view:

burda 6977 peplum top - flat view

Back view, flat:

burda 6977 peplum top - flat view back

Verdict: love it! It’s a good seasonless colour, I think, even though it will probably suit warmer weather outfits best. The extra centimetre (1/2″) of length in the body feels better to wear than my first version. It’s a really quick top to make, especially for a lined top, and it’s flattering to wear.

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25 Responses to Nani Iro Peplum Top

  1. Suzie November 10, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Oooo – this is seriously gorgeous! I really love the fabric you used and that top pattern is so flattering on you.
    Thanks for all the lovely details about your construction, I love this about your posts, I’m always picking up little tips!

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      Thank you! I’m glad all of my notes were helpful to read :)

  2. Tatiana November 10, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Very beautiful top and color on you! The construction details are very useful for a novice like me. How wide was this fabric? Most Japanese Nani Iro fabrics that I saw were only 41-44 inches wide. How were you able to fit all the pattern pieces into 1 meter of fabric?

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      It was narrow, I can’t remember how narrow exactly. Probably the same as the ones you saw at 41-44″ wide.
      For this top there are no facings, it’s just a front, back, front peplum and back peplum to cut. The edges are finished with the lining, which I used a different fabric for. So with only four pieces to cut, I put the front two on the fold, and the other two along the selvage side. Hope this helps!

  3. Ana Sullivan November 10, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Where to you get your labels from? This really completes the garment.

  4. Francesca November 10, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Your project are so beautiful Tasia!!!

  5. Hélène November 10, 2014 at 11:02 am #


  6. PoldaPop November 10, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Such a lovely top, inside and out!

  7. Mandykatt November 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    Another gorgeous project! I never cared for peplums before, but you’ve slowly brought me around to them.

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

      Thanks! It’s a trend people either love or hate, but I find them very flattering. If the cut is right, that is!

  8. Annette November 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I never really cared for peplums before, but now, I love them. Thank you! And your top may be “loud” but it is elegant and beautifully loud. (Remember Loud is your word, not mine!) Love the fabric and the work you do is wonderful. TFS, Annette

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

      Thank you! Yes, it totally depends on the peplum, this one is simple and not too frilly. They’re excellent waist-definers!

  9. Splintersnstitches November 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Gorgeous, both you and the blouse! You always take such care with the details and it shows.

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

      Thank you! I like sewing a pattern for the second time, it’s like a second chance to make it perfect and fix all those little imperfections from the first time around. I really enjoy putting effort into the details and I’m glad it looks good in the finished product!

  10. Stacia November 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Your work is always so incredibly beautiful! :)

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Thank you!

  11. Sue November 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    This is gorgeous! The fabric is not loud – it is elegant and beautiful and you look stunning.

    • Tasia November 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks! Yes, I’m probably just overthinking it. I loved the fabric at first sight so I’ll love it as a top, too! Looking elegant is my goal when it comes to sewing my own clothes. It’s the ideal compliment, thank you!

  12. Ezette November 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I love it! Peplums have always been a favorite of mine. Is the pattern an older one? I can’t seem to find it on Burda.

  13. Camilla November 11, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    Love the colours on you and your choice of lining fabric. I like the idea of peplum tops but have yet to make one. I’m a bit short in the torso so not sure if this is a flattering look for me. This looks great on you.

  14. Catherine November 12, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    Omg! Electric Blue is my favourite colour! This peplum top is so so so gorgeous. It looks so good on you compared to the bird print one which is more subtle. Va-va-voom!!!

  15. Catherine November 12, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Oops. Its purple isn’t it not electric blue. :o. Still. Looks. Gorgeous. Btw very funny over fig leaves & boob flowers, great fussy cutting with such little fabric!

  16. Libby November 14, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    This peplum top is so cute, I’m trying to locate the Burda pattern. Looked every where.

    My 16 year old granddaughter would love for me to make some for her. Maybe tell me

    Where I can buy one?