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Turn a men's t-shirt into a cute peplum top!
I had made my husband a t-shirt that turned out to be too small for him. It proved comfy as a sleep shirt for me but I wanted to get more wear out of it. After searching online for inspiration I decided to turn it into a peplum tunic. Learn about my process below and turn your own oversized tees into peplums.

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  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 1
    Step 1

    This shirt was WAY big for me. I first tried it on inside out and marked where my shoulder seam should be with a pin. I marked with chalk my new seam line for the shoulder (I added a 5/8th seam allowance) then marked where my peplum should start. I had a RTW peplum that I liked the fit of so I got that out and measured from the shoulder down to the peplum seam. I then made this marking on my shirt (15 inches from the shoulder) and cut.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next I cut off my sleeves and put the shirt back on to figure how much I needed to take in the side seams. I pinched out about 4 inches, took the shirt off, pinned in 4 inches on each side and tried on a second time for good measure. Once I was happy with that I added my seam allowance with chalk and cut. I folded the shirt in half and cut the other side.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using my french curve I redrafted my sleeve opening from my chalk marking.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 4
    Step 4

    From this point I tried to pin my sleeve back into the armhole. I had way to much sleeve cap ease so I trimmed down the sleeve cap by about 1 inch.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 5
    Step 5

    I pinned the sleeve to the bodice right sides together. There was still a little too much sleeve ease so I stretched the armhole until it all eased in then serged it at a 5/8th seam allowance.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next I pinned my side seams together making sure that my arm seams matched and serged together.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 7
    Step 7

    Time for the fun part of this otherwise boring tee, the peplum. I gathered the top edge of the peplum by sewing a basting stitch at 3/8th inch. I fiddled with the gathers until the peplum was the same width as the bodice edge.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 8
    Step 8

    I pinned the peplum to the bodice, right sides together.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 9
    Step 9

    Since the waistline is now tapered and would need to stretch over my head and shoulders I used clear elastic to stabilize the seam and prevent any stretching.
    I attached the elastic while sewing the peplum and bodice together. I used the zig zag stitch on my sewing machine but you could use your serger as well.

  • How to make a peplum top. DIY Refashion: From an Oversized Tee to a Peplum Tunic - Step 10
    Step 10

    If you use a sewing machine for the last step trim down your seam. Press seam towards the bodice. Your finished!

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