DIY-From School T-shirt to Peplum Top

by June Fuentes on November 14, 2016 in Budget Friendly, Creativity, Sewing

Today we have a post by our sweet contributor Ana of The Lost Apron.

From School T-shirt to Peplum Top.   T-shirts can be boring.  Next time try restyling it into a cute top.  This t-shirt started as a size large and ended up as a small cute peplum top with a Peter Pan collar. - The Lost Apron

Sometimes you are given a t-shirt that you are supposed to wear to school.  These can be for clubs, sports or spirit wear.  T-shirts can be boring.  Next time try restyling it into a cute top.  This t-shirt started as a size large and ended up as a small cute peplum top with a Peter Pan collar.

From School T-shirt to Peplum Top.   T-shirts can be boring.  Next time try restyling it into a cute top.  This t-shirt started as a size large and ended up as a small cute peplum top with a Peter Pan collar. - The Lost Apron

Begin with an oversized t-shirt to be altered.  Find some of your own t-shirts or knit shirts that fit well.  These will be used as patterns.  For the optional collar, use an old t-shirt in a contrasting color.

Make a pattern from tissue paper by tracing the outline of a sleeve that you like.  Trace a collar that you like.  Add 1/4″ for the seam allowances.

From School T-shirt to Peplum Top.   T-shirts can be boring.  Next time try restyling it into a cute top.  This t-shirt started as a size large and ended up as a small cute peplum top with a Peter Pan collar. - The Lost Apron

Cut the oversized t-shirt:

  • Cut 10″ off the bottom of the t-shirt for the peplum.
  • Cut the sleeves using your pattern as a guide.  Use the existing hem.
  • Cut the body of the t-shirt by laying a good fitting shirt over the t-shirt and aligning the shoulders.  Leave a 1/4″ for the side seams and the armholes.

From School T-shirt to Peplum Top.   T-shirts can be boring.  Next time try restyling it into a cute top.  This t-shirt started as a size large and ended up as a small cute peplum top with a Peter Pan collar. - The Lost Apron

Optional collar:

  • Cut 4 layers of contrasting fabric using the collar pattern.
  • Sew 2 collars 1/4″ using 2 pieces together.
  • Turn and press.
  • Find the center front of the t-shirt and lay the collars on the t-shirt collar band.  The edge of the collar should be at half the width of the existing collar band.
  • Stitch the collars down close to the edge.
  • Fold the t-shirt collar band in half over the edge of the collar.
  • Stitch the band over the collar as shown through all the layers.  (Wonder clips work well for this.)

From School T-shirt to Peplum Top.   T-shirts can be boring.  Next time try restyling it into a cute top.  This t-shirt started as a size large and ended up as a small cute peplum top with a Peter Pan collar. - The Lost Apron

Assemble the t-shirt together as a peplum top:

  •  Stitch the new sleeve to the new armhole using a 1/4″ seam.
  • Stitch the entire side seam from the bottom of the sleeve, matching the sleeve seam, down to the waist line.
  • Try on to fit. Cut the top to be 1/2″ below the waist.
  • Try on again and add darts for a closer fit.
  • Gather the bottom piece of the t-shirt to make the peplum using 2 rows of basting stitches at 3/8″ and 5/8″.
  • Mark the center front and back of the top.  Mark the peplum in 4 even places.
  • Sew the peplum to the top adjusting the gathers and matching all the markings using a 4/8″ seam.
  • Sew an inverted pleat at each sleeve hem if desired.

For more T-shirt Restyling ideas, follow my Pinterest board:

https://www.pinterest.com/thelostapron/t-shirt-restyling/

 

ana

My name is Ana Sullivan. I began my blog, The Lost Apron, because people would ask me for advice on parenting. My only qualifications for giving advice is that I have been there and I am proud of who my children have become. I have a daughter in college, a son and another daughter that are college graduates who are working and living on their own. I have been married for almost 30 years to a dream of a husband.

I have been a working mom, a part-time-work-at-home mom, and a stay-at-home mom. Although I have prefered being the SAHM, I try to write my blog in a way that would encourage all moms to be better moms. I hope to be the mentor mom to the young mom and the friend to the older moms and grandmothers. You can visit me over at Pinterest and Facebook. 

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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