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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Easy Peasy Peplum




The interwebs has gone peplum crazy. I first noticed it on Tina Fey at the Oscars, but now I can't browse without stumbling across it repeatedly. 


Start with a shirt that's too big for you. You want the shirt to be long and swing freely around the bottom edge. (My shirt was about two sizes too big. I found this beauty at the thrift store for $4. The beautiful polka dot fabric was in such good condition that I couldn't pass it up!) 







Decide on the placement of your peplum and cut across the shirt. Ideally, you want this line to fall a couple inches below the smallest part of your waist. You don't, however, want to leave the peplum part too short. We want peplum, not a frill. 





Next cut off the sleeves, closely following the curve of the seam. 





With the shirt turned inside out, take in the side seams to fit your measurements. Pin and sew. 






Run a basting stitch through the top edge of the peplum piece. Gather until it fits the top part of the shirt. (You probably won't have to gather too much.) Make sure the gathers are evenly distributed! I found it was easiest to line up the side seams and pin those first, and then adjust the gathers on the front and back separately. 





With right sides together, line up the raw edges and pin. Sew around the raw edges with a stretch stitch. Don't forget to remove the basting threads!






And that's it! As you can see, I didn't add the sleeves back. Sleeveless is so much easier to layer, and I have to layer often. I saved them, however, and maybe I'll add them later if I change my mind.... Knit fabric is very forgiving - no need to finish the raw edges! This project only took about 30 minutes (and that included photography). I want to do peplum top with different patterns (or a pattern and solid) next.









36 comments:

  1. This top is freaking gorgeous! I like how it's still the peplum style, but it isn't so extreme that you feel like you have a bubble waist. I bet I have some tops already that I can turn into this.

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    1. I did it! I made one. But I forgot to look at where you wrote to sew with a STRETCH STITCH, so I have to be careful putting it on and taking it off. But other than that I'm pleased with it. I'll post pictures on my blog next week.

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    2. Oh no! :P That's hilarious. Can't wait to see it!

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    3. I finally posted it!
      http://secondhandcouture.blogspot.com/2012/09/plain-tank-to-peplum.html

      Thank you for your brilliant inspiration. :)

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  2. Wow nice job! That looks lovely and fits you so well!

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  3. Oh, this is way cute! I love that it makes such a subtle peplum.

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  4. I'm so impressed!! Love it! and LOVE the print of it!

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  5. Goodness! That does not look like a $4 shirt! Fantastic job!
    Thanks for linking it up to Chic Couture! Have a great week!

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  6. I'm so glad that I'm following you! This top is so cute! Thanks for posting on the COM link party!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  7. Visiting you via Make It Pretty Monday. I would love for you to visit My Dream Canvas. This is very pretty. Have a great day. Anu

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  8. Love this top! You make it look so easy I think I will have to make one of my own :)

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  9. Oh, it is so cute! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  10. great top!!! I'm usually afraid of peplums adding girth to my post baby fanny pack, but I love how this one lays without being too full - I might help camouflage the problem!! And of course I love anything upcycled! ~Suzanne (http://winterwonderingswanderingswhatnot.blogspot.com)

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  11. This is such a great idea. I love this. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  12. So cute, I absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  13. Great idea! I love the polka dots too.
    Sarah

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  14. So cute and creative! I may just have a couple of shirts laying around that could use a little sprucing up! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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  15. I love peplums - they look flattering on just about everyone! Great looking top!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

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  16. Love how you remade the shirt..it's so much prettier now! Wish I had sewing skills 'cuz I'd love to try this for myself {sigh}

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  17. I want to make a peplum shirt. Great tutorial, you make it looks so easy. The ones in Anthropology are $70! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches! Have a great weekend.

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  18. I am loving this top- looks so fantastic on! I think I may just have to try to make one! Thank you for the Fantastic tutorial -- off to follow you on FB now!!
    Jen

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  19. So creative! I may have to ship some t-shirts your way!! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up! See you again next week! :)

    Barbara @ Chase the Star
    chasethestar.net

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  20. Super cute!! You're posts always make me wish I knew how to sew! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday.

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  21. Oh wow! I have been enjoying your posts and tutorials so much. You are really talented and I'm glad you are posting at Sew & Tell!I'm following!

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  22. I spotted your tute on Craftsy. I bought a baggy t-shirt earlier this year, loved the color but it was just a bag! I have been saving it for a restyle, just didn't know what to do.... until now! Love this! Gotta go sew now.

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  23. Great pattern & instructions, can hardly wait
    to start on my own.

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  24. Oh man!
    That is really awesome - I have gotta learn to sew!
    I love what you did and will feeature this tonight!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  25. This looks great, and your instructions make it easy enough for me to follow along. Thanks!

    Bonny @ http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com

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  26. A beautiful top and so flattering!!!

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  27. Hi Kaitlin, I've featured your Easy Peasy Peplum today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/09/threading-your-way-features.html

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  28. I love what you did with your shirt and have featured it in my post as one of ten ways to redesign t-shirts: http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/2012/11/from-t-shirt-to-treasure-part-2.html.

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  29. great minds! :) http://www.ohsweetjoy.com/2012/04/handmade-monday-peplum-tank-tutorial.html

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  30. You're right. It's really easy and looks very chic!
    http://etheea.wordpress.com/

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  31. I think this is wonderful.... So many clothes just sittin in my closet that I could do this with.... Is is very hard to let out seams and add more fabric to items? Thanks Brenda

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