DIY: Peplum Tee

I love peplums. They are a fabulous 40s throwback that have been reinvented for decades- always with the same, figure-flattering result. The highlight the waist and give much needed curves for someone like me. This no-sew tutorial will show you how to make your own killer peplum shirt out of old tee shirts. What you need:

1. 2 Shirts: 1 you like to wear, and a larger one that you can chop up (i used a mens gap tee)

2. By now you have fabric glue, so you’re ready there

3. Measuring tape

4. Decorative Ribbon

5. Scissors

6. Straight pins (not pictured)

Step 1: Try on your shirt that you will keep and mark where it hits you at your waist. Take the shirt off and cut across the entire shirt (so it looks like a crop top)

Step 2: Now measure a few things. Measure the length of the new waist (where you cut), and measure the height of the piece you cut off (which will be your new peplum height). Note: If you want your peplum to hit lower on your hip than your shirt did, add extra length to the measurement

Step 3: Lay out your other shirt that you will cut up. Starting from the side seam, lay out the new waist measurement in a quarter-circle curve. You can estimate this curve, or use a large plate to help guide you. It doesn’t need to be exact.

Step 4: From each point in the curve, measure outwards the peplum height measurement from above. Mark with pins. You should have outlined a large wide semicircle when you are done pinning

Step 5: Lay out the cropped shirt and the semi-circle waist length to waist length. Make sure you match up the side seams. Then use your fabric glue to slightly overlap the peplum to the shirt all around. Let Dry.

Step 6: For the peplum’s pther side seam, simply fold one side over the other, and fasten with fabric glue.

Step 7: Glue your decorative ribbon over the new waist seam

Step 8: If you wish to add some decoration, follow my tutorial here to make a faux bow and affix to the shirt with glue

Step 9: Let dry and wear out in style!

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4 Responses to DIY: Peplum Tee

  1. Ellie says:

    How cute! Does your fabric glue stand up to machine washing?

    • Stefanie says:

      Absolutely! But I recommend buying fabri-tac instead of Alene’s for better wear and year. It comes in a clear bottle and although it is 3x the price- it is well worth it!!

  2. Elisa says:

    Hi girl! Amazing d.i.y. just discovered it after posting my own peplum-shirt-d.i.y.! Your’s is waaaay easier :)

    Here’s mine if you’d like to see it:


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