Free Sewing Pattern – Button Down Peplum Blouse

Today is the day!

I am ever so excited.

For me, this is a huge leap forward in the direction that I desperately want to take my blog. I have always said to myself, start small, don’t run before you can walk – but a hop, skip and jump every now and again is perfectly fine. Well right now I am hopping, skipping and jumping all over the place because I am finally able to upload my very first handmade pdf pattern for people to download for themselves. And the best part… it is for free! Who doesn’t love a freebie?!

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If you have been following along with my blog, you will know that I came to draft this blouse after being challenge by a fellow sewer/ blogger to branch out and attempt garments other than dresses. This was a challenge I was very pleased to accept, but after my first attempt went kind of wrong but oh so right (check it out HERE), I decided to dedicate myself to it completely and start from the very begining. What I ended up with was a rather cute but very wearable button down blouse with a peplum that falls from the waist (check out my final challeneg project HERE). I was so pleased with it I decided to really refine my pattern and share it with the world :D

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For my second version of this blouse I used a lightweight flowery fabric, some larger, pearly white buttons, and this time I did not make bias binding. I hemmed the armholes and neckline instead which turned out just as great!

Now this is my first ever pdf pattern – so be nice to me :D. I am actually working on a few handmade patterns right now, but golly they do take up a whole lot of time to put together. First there is the drafting and the tweaking, and then creating the templates, drawing it up, checking it, scanning it into the computer, turning it into a pdf, printing it, checking it again and if you aren’t sick of looking at it just yet, then checking it again! I really wanted to start with something fairly straight forward so that I could get some feedback from my lovely readers before sharing any more patterns, that way I can do my very best to improve my work. This is the reason why this blouse is a single size pattern, if all goes well then my plan is for future patterns to be multi-size or very easily adaptable.

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Right, let’s get down to the details. 

This sewing pattern is for a Button Down Peplum Blouse.

It is in a single size – what I would consider a size 12.

Bust – 40 inches

Waist 32 inches

However, there is quite a bit of ease due to the style of the pattern allowing for an extra couple of inches in both bust and waist, and at the same time the bust and back pleats are easily adapted to make the pattern an inch or two smaller. So have some fun with it and see what works, just remember to pin first, sew later! :D

I have also made the decision to add an extra inch in the front peplum pattern pieces. The reason for this was I found that, depending on the thickness of your fabric, the pleats, particularly in the front, sometimes needed to be altered to suit. To allow for any last minute fitting changes I found that this extra inch in the front of the peplum proved to be very useful, and can be easily removed once you are certain of the fitting by simply trimming it down before stitching the button placket in place.

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Click the link below to download the pattern:

Button Down Peplum Blouse Pattern (10935 downloads )


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Begin by stitching the darts in both front bodice pieces and pressing them flat.

Stay stitch the pleats in both the front and back bodice pieces to keep them in place and again, press flat.

Join each peplum piece to the corresponding bodice piece ensuring the front and back bodice pleats are caught.

Join at the side and strap seams and press.

Fold and press the placket in place, ensure it is an even width down the full length of the blouse. The pattern pieces indicate both fold lines. Any excess fabric from the center front of the peplum can now be trimmed if required. Pins are very useful during this stage. Stitch in place.

Add bias binding around the arm holes and neckline of the blouse. This could be hemmed without bias binding if required, but be aware this will effect the thickness of your straps.

Hem the peplum – really take your time doing this. You could always add bias binding to the peplum hem if you find this easier than hemming a curve.

Add fastenings down the center front of the blouse. I have not indicated where these should go as this depends on the shape and size of the buttons you choose, but just make sure you take your time to ensure correct placement.

Try it on and see what you think!

Oh and don’t forget to tidy up your sewing space afterwards. I feel I should put this in my instructions because it makes it so much easier when you go to make a second one straight away, which I hope you will :D

So there you have it! Please do feel free to download the pdf, pop it on Pinterest, share it with your friends. I would love to hear if you have used it, and even better see some photos of how yours has turned out :D if you have any tips for me as I continue to venture into making handmade pdf patterns then I am all ears.

Thank you for your support and happy sewing

A quick note – This pattern is,of course, for personal use only. I have made this pattern myself and I would greatly appreciate a link back if you do choose to use this pattern and blog about it. It is not cool to take credit for someone else’s work :D


    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      Awww hun, you are just the best… I know I can always count on you to be super supportive. Hopefully I will be able to repay the favour :D

      It is tricky thinking of places to share it, I just want to get it out into the world! xxx

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      It would be beyond fantastic if you did try it out, you have to send me pictures when you do :D thanks hun xxx

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      thanks, it was a lot of hard work getting my head around it, but I feel like I have really accomplished something and now I know what I am doing (sort of :D) so future patterns should be a little easier to compile. you would be a star if you did try it out, I would love some feedback xxx

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      Omg… I LOVE your idea of turning it into a jacket! It is all I can think about now. What fabrics? What fastenings? You could line it in something fluffy for winter…. oh my the ideas!!!!!

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      you are very welcome, I am just so pleased I have been able to do this, it has been something I have been wanting to do for a very long while :D xxx

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      Thanks… I am normally all about dresses but I must admit I really enjoyed branching out and trying something different :D

  1. Kim says:

    Wow, congrats on such an awesome-super-cool-pattern! And adding the cleaning your workspace part is definitely super helpful for me, as I always leave it a big mess until I start a new project.. Which then becomes more of a problem than clearing it straight away!
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    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      No- thank YOU! this pattern would never have happened if it wasn’t for you suggesting we collaborate. I just hope now that other people find it useful.
      I have already broken my clean your sewing space rule… I was sewing last night and have left it a mess! ooops xxx

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      hey hun, feels like ages since we last caught up :D Hope the new school term isn’t too stressful. I am so pleased you like my pattern, I bet you would make a stunning version of it :D xxx

  2. Angela says:

    I love it! My 12 year old daughter really wants one. A question about the sizing, if I grade the pattern to a size 2 or 0 will that distort the pattern too much?

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      I wouldn’t imagine so, the bodice is a straight forward block with tucks in the bust and back so it will just mean playing around with the positioning and size of these once you hav graded it. The only bit you might want to look out for is the peplum, I am not sure if grading it down so much will effect the flow of the fabric, but I think if you just make sure you keep the curved shape when re-drafting it then it should fall just fine, or if not you could even cut out a new one – it is just like cutting out a circle skirt. hope this helps xxx

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      I would LOVE to see what you sew up. I wanted to make something that could be easily adapted. I would really value your feedback. Thanks hun xxx

  3. Kathy Kauth says:

    Thank you for this pattern I love peplum tops, they are like having a tummy tuck. lol I think you are doing a great job I went to craftsy and downloaded your Christmas apron too, that is just so cute. Love it, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      Thank you ever so much for the encouragement and for downloading my patterns, I am thrilled to be able to share them with people. Fingers crossed there will be many more to come :D
      I would love to see pictures of anything you make using these patterns so that I can do a feature and celebrate what others have been able to create.

  4. Kim says:

    I’m a bit larger so added to the pattern to make it 2 sizes larger. I first made one out of muslin. It turned out ok but too big! I cut my pattern down one size, readjusted the dart, and am ready to use REAL fabric this time. :) I did want to make a note that I used a rolled hem foot for all the hemming and it turned out great! If you don’t have a rolled hem foot I would highly recommend getting one! My husband bought me a serger for Christmas….I cant wait to open it and sew more! Thanks!

    • Hannah Elizabeth Smith says:

      Sorry it has taken me a little while to get back to you, but oh my I am SOOO very pleased you have tried out my pattern, and how wonderful that it has worked for you :D It is really useful to hear about what you have done it it and your journey in altering the sizing and piecing it together. I debated myself in using a rolled hem, it is great to hear that it does in fact work on this top. I would just LOVE to see pictures if you have any, my email is if you feel like sending a quick snap, I am hoping to do a feature of people who have made it soon.
      Thanks again hun, happy sewing and happy Christmas and New year also :D

  5. Inge says:

    hi Hannah,
    i made an african outfit with this peplum top. very happy with the result! Tnx for the pattern!!

  6. Diana says:

    love this! perfect for curvy girls, the waistline gives some shape, definitely going to try it. I love your hairstyle, too, and getting my hair cut this weekend, can I try to copy that, too? :)

    • made with hugs and kisses says:

      Haha, oh yes, let’s be sewing twinsies :D If you do make the blouse you will have to send me a picture so I can share it. I am so glad you have said it would work well for curvy girls, I am slowly trying my hand at a few different patterns that work for the average size curvy girl – you gotta love those lumps and bumps :D

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