Rivage Raglan Peplum Hack

by | Nov 28, 2018 | Clothing, Tutorials, Women | 0 comments

Every once in a while I need to look put together and just a bit more than my usual ‘momiform’.  But I’m usually not willing to put on a skirt. I’d rather wear my favorite comfortable jeans!  Which means my top has to take my jeans up a notch.  Today I’m sharing how I made a Rivage Raglan  peplum(aff link) to style my jeans for a girl’s night out, meeting, or casual date.

Rivage Raglan Peplum with Hazelnut Handmade
Guys and gals, I live in jeans and exercise clothes.  Mostly jeans and jean shorts.  Working around the house?  Probably an old threadbare pair of jeans from college.  When I go to a playdate, I’m wearing jean shorts.  Need to meet with a teacher?  Get presentable with a pair of skinny jeans!  Husband and I head out on a date?  Colored jeans to the rescue.  Actually, my daughter did a double take when I came out of my room dressed up.  Luckily, she said I looked nice!

Rivage Raglan Peplum with Hazelnut Handmade

These mint jeans are my favorites.  They are stretchy so they hug my shape, are comfortable, and make me feel awesome.  But I have a hard time pairing them with a top from my wardrobe.  Especially when I want to take my jeans from ‘around the house’ to ‘going out’.  

Rivage Raglan Peplum with Hazelnut Handmade
This Rivage Raglan peplum is my solution.  This hack is super easy, but really effective.  The Rivage Raglan is the perfect base for this hack because it has a relaxed fit and a slight high-low hem line.  Pretty much all the work is already done!

Rivage Raglan Peplum with Hazelnut Handmade

Blank Slate Patterns are drafted for a sewing cup C and I’m more like a sewing cup A (I blame my wide shoulders).  I selected the size matching my high bust measurement and then did a pretty hefty small bust adjustment for the front bodice piece.  I followed the tutorial included in the pattern instructions for doing a SBA on a raglan.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  My shirt is still loose fitting, but doesn’t have tons of extra fabric or weird wrinkles around my bust.

Rivage Raglan Peplum Hack with Hazelnut Handmade
After my small bust adjustment, I raised the shirt hem 8 inches.  I also cut a rectangle 10 inches by the width of my fabric.  Raising the hem the much created a big width difference in the side seam at the bottom.  I just mimicked the original side seam as much as possible until I hit the new hem.

Rivage Raglan Peplum Hack with Hazelnut Handmade
After I attached the sleeves and sewed up the side seams, I sewed the short sides of my rectangle together to make a loop and then gathered one edge.  At this point I had a high-low crop top and a ruffled circle.  I pinned my ruffle to the high-low edge right sides together, attached the ruffle, and finished the hem on the ruffle.

Rivage Raglan Peplum with Hazelnut Handmade
My finished product is a cute ruffle peplum with raglan sleeves!  It’s a super simple and effective hack for making a Rivage Raglan Peplum to pair with my favorite jeans for a night out with my honey.

Rivage Raglan Peplum with Hazelnut Handmade

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