Monday, April 16, 2012

((handmade monday)) peplum tank tutorial





Peplum is a trend that I'm all about. It's feminine with a hint of retro, a bit flirtatious & sassy, and downright fun. It's been all over the runway and will be hitting stores full-force this spring and summer. 

Cute, right? Today I'll teach you how to make a subtle peplum tank out of a large t-shirt. 


Here's what you'll need:
Tank 
Scissors
Thread
Elastic Thread
Bobbins (2)
T-shirt


Got it? Let's sew!
1. Cut off the bottom of your tee. I wanted mine to be a drop waist, so I tried it on and cut where I wanted it to hit. 
2. Using a tank top that fits you well, trace that shape onto your tee's top portion and cut out. 
3. Sew up the sides of the tank. I got fancy and did french seams. Once in a lifetime occurrence.

1. Wind up your elastic thread onto a bobbin and install into your machine as usual. 
2. Using your machine's widest stitch, sew around the top of your circular piece.
3. Keeping your tank portion right side out, turn your circular (now gathered) piece upside down AND inside out.  ((this photo doesn't really show that. sorry!))
4. Line up the raw edges and pin at the side seams and in the middle of each side. 
5. Stitch, just below the elastic thread so it doesn't show. 

Turn right side out and voila! Pair with your favorite scarf and be one of the first of your friends to wear the peplum trend!

scarf - anthro // denim - paige // leather bracelets - c/o flourish leather


*options: 
use bias tape or a rolled hem foot to finish the raw edges of your tank. make a tee instead of a tank. do pleats instead of a ruffle for a "fuller" peplum. color block and use a different fabric for the bottom.

love.

22 comments:

  1. Kim, you are brilliant AND gorgeous! Now I'm off to look up what a french seam is...

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    1. it sounds a lot fancier than it is :)

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  2. Cute! & I like the color block idea, too. :)

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    1. i'm trying to dream up a crazy combination :)

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  3. Just lovely Kim! & how'd you get all tan already! :) Can't wait to make one of these!

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    1. that colorado sun is strong! ;)

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  4. WOw how neat!! :) I've gotta see what a french seam is! Thank for sharing xo, HOlly

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    1. it's a lot fancier than it sounds, especially on a simple tank like this :) it's essentially a closed in seam!

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  5. This is Awesome! I got a sewing machine for Christmas...it's still in the box. I've GOT to get it out and start using it. This just has to be my first project. I agree with Piper, you Are brilliant! and gorgeous! You just made my day. =)

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    1. you definitely need to bust it out, girl! i don't know if i'd work with elastic thread on your first sewing venture, but if you need some starting out basic projects, let me know! i teach classes and have a folder full :)

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  6. This is such a clever DIY, and such a gorgeous finished product!

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  7. That's so cute! Can't believe you made that cute top out of a t-shirt!

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  8. really really cute. i am not a DIY girl =( unfortunately. i sooo wish i was, and am always soo jealous of everyone that can do all this fabulous artsy stuff. love this..plus i love fashion ;-)

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  9. oh my goodness you look ADORABLE! What a great tutorial!!

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  10. loving this!! easy way to make the trend look casual

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  11. Thanks for the inspirational tutorial! I was wondering if you hemmed the raw edges of the arm holes, or if you left them raw? I know Jersy typically doesn't NEED hemming as it won't fray, but it might look a wee bit nicer. I couldn't tell by zooming in on your pictures. Thanks!

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    1. i left them raw :) but if it doesn't look nice enough for you, you go on right ahead and bust out some bias tape to finish them off

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  12. This looks so cute! I was wondering how big the t-shirt has to be, relative to my normal size, for this to work? Thanks

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