Today we have a post by our sweet contributor Ana of 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.
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.
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.
- 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.)
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.
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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.