CUTE DIY Peplum T-shirt Upcycle

white Peplum T-shirt DIY and jeans
seen with Kooba “Sabrina” bag, Guy & Eva necklace, Forever 21 Sunglasses and Rich & Skinny jeans ~ via flickr

I have been DYING to make a cute peplum t-shirt for a few months now but just haven’t had a chance to. When I have an idea, if I don’t do it right away, it literally keeps bugging me until I do!! And I’ve had this idea since well before my floral print jeans DIY AND even before the Jeans & T outfit challenge. I actually wanted to be able to include it into the challenge, but alas, I just couldn’t fit it in. However, since this was my first weekend off since December {YAY!}, I whipped this one up on Sunday afternoon and I’m so in love.

There are a number of ways to create this cute little peplum tee… which is basically just one large ruffle at the waist of the shirt. So for you experts out there, any technique will work, as you know. I would have preferred to stitch it up on a serger, but I don’t have one just yet.

What You’ll Need…

White T-shirts

* Two white t-shirts: one fitted and one large or extra large
* Sewing machine or Serger
* Pins/thread/scissors, etc.


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* Try on your fitted t-shirt and pin or mark where you want your peplum to begin.

Peplum t-shirt diy-2

* Lying flat, cut your larger, men’s t-shirt. I began with more fabric than I needed, just in case.

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* Cut it up one side seam as well.

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* With my fitted shirt right-side-out, and because I had so much fabric, I lined the “cut” edge of my extra fabric with the bottom of the shirt, and with the “front” side facing down, beginning at one side seam, I pinned {somewhere near the center of it} completely around the fitted shirt. {this may be confusing, apologies} The goal is to use the front “finished” edge of the men’s shirt as the bottom of your peplum – it will fold over the stitches and hide everything underneath.

Peplum t-shirt diy-5

* Follow your pins and run a first stitch all the way around with your machine, gathering/folding/pleating as you sew. {note: you can pre-gather it or gather it while you pin it – -I tend to just eyeball it as I go}

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* Begin at the side seam of both shirts and make sure you finish at the side seam of both shirts, including the gathering.

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* I chose to keep my fitted shirt completely intact {under the peplum}. This way I can tuck it in or pull it down and make sure it sits well with whatever I’m wearing. I also didn’t want to re-finish the edge. Make sure your peplum ruffle is at least as long as your fitted shirt, if not longer – but remember, the fitted shirt will ride up a bit, as they do. * * Trim the underside/left-over ruffle underneath. {again, for pros, you could have just chosen to use a smaller section of fabric OR sewn your ruffle on as you normally would sew a ruffle on}

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* Re-stich the side seams of your peplum – which was originally the men’s shirt side seam that you cut.


Peplum t- shirt DIY  with jeans and Kooba bag

Peplum tshirt DIY 1

diy peplum t shirt and jeans

Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Star Vogue

    May 7, 2012 |

    Love it! Def going to try this out!

  • Natali

    May 7, 2012 |

    Wow! You’re so handy and talented! Great DIY!

  • Anonymous

    May 7, 2012 |

    This is so very stylish and Mind Blowing T-shirt.
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  • emma

    May 7, 2012 |

    I can’t wait to make one or three, love it.

  • Pratishtha Durga

    May 7, 2012 |

    Love Peplum, and you make this DIY sound so cool!!!

    Love this shirt on you.

  • el_martina

    May 7, 2012 |

    I love your diy projects!!!

  • Anonymous

    May 7, 2012 |

    It is very stylish and Designing T-shirt .
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  • Anesa

    May 7, 2012 |

    Wow, it is amazing!!! =)

  • Vera Vanity

    May 7, 2012 |

    Great post! Xoxo V.V.

  • Natasha Fatah

    May 7, 2012 |
  • Kendall

    May 7, 2012 |

    Such a GREAT idea, I think this is one DIY I definitely have to give a go!
    xo K

  • Sarah

    May 7, 2012 |

    Wow! Your t-shirt turned out so perfectly – I really need to try this DIY!!! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂


  • Tegan @ Teganias Thoughts

    May 7, 2012 |

    this is gorgeous, I love it!

  • Jenny

    May 7, 2012 |

    So creative and such a lovely result!

  • GFS

    May 7, 2012 |

    This came right on time! Per usual, you’re a genius!

    I saw a peplum skirt on ASOS and almost bought it for 70 bucks, then I thought…I can make that!

    This tutorial basically solved my problem!

    (Here is the ASOS Skirt…

    Hope the link works! If it doesn’t…just go to ASOS.COm and then type in Africa…and the skirt should pop up)

    Again. Genius. You. Genius.

  • Carsedra

    May 7, 2012 |

    Now this is a totally cool idea! I might have to try this, I have been trying to get back into sewing for a while but haven’t yet, but this is really easy to do!!

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  • Tiffany*

    May 7, 2012 |

    This is genius! I wish I had an ounce of your craftiness! You could seriously make these shirts and sell them…I’ll be first in line to buy 🙂

  • House of Hemingway

    May 7, 2012 |

    This is so cute, reminds me that these blouses where so “in” back in the early 90’s when I was in 4th or 5th grade! 😀

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  • Chanda T

    May 7, 2012 |

    this is too cool!!!! Gotta give this a try

  • my very own lookbook

    May 7, 2012 |

    great idea! I’m going to try this as soon as possible!

  • keepthesecret

    May 7, 2012 |

    Aaaaaaw, it’s really cute ♥ And easy to realise! Excellent idea (:

  • Jessica @ Here(and)Now

    May 7, 2012 |

    you amaze me! I am still scared of my sewing machine, but maybe we need to make up so that I can try this out!

  • antique engagement rings

    May 7, 2012 |

    Love the t shirt. Great look!

  • Eloquent English

    May 7, 2012 |

    Oh my gosh I so am going to PIN this!!! LOVE IT!!! xoxo A-

  • Consider Me Lovely

    May 7, 2012 |

    I tried something similar last week, but it didn’t come out the way I hoped :-(. I think I’ll try it again :-).

  • Anna

    May 7, 2012 |

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  • Anna

    May 7, 2012 |

    Miu miu has a lot of them, I really like the style!


  • jessica

    May 7, 2012 |

    So Cute! So easy!! Thanks 🙂

  • tineey

    May 7, 2012 |

    I LOVE LOVE this DIY. Will need to try this out for sure!

  • clarity enhanced diamonds

    May 7, 2012 |

    Such a cute and easy to pull off look. LOVE!

  • Kat

    May 7, 2012 |

    I tried using a sewing machine once… sewed through my own index finger 🙁 You are so creative!! I would love to do things like this but don’t quite have the creative mind like you do!

  • drollgirl

    May 7, 2012 |

    that is so STINKIN’ CUTE! seriously! i love it!

    i almost went to joann’s this weekend because i have SEVERAL sewing projects that i really really really need to get to. but i flaked. mostly because i am lazy, and the thought of pulling out the machine and re-threading it for every stinking project makes me groan!

    yes, i am THAT lazy!

  • Sylvia from Dare to DIY

    May 7, 2012 |

    You’re an artist! That looks fab 🙂 I wish I could sew like you…

  • Daniela

    May 7, 2012 |

    love it! What a great idea and super cheap. The only problem is I can’t sew :/

  • carla5555

    May 8, 2012 |

    Pure genius!!! I WISH I had time to make this… Chasing four year old twins instead lol. Keep up the great work Meg! Xoxo

  • Tori

    May 8, 2012 |

    So cute! I am new a sewing but perhaps I can tackle the dreaded pleat 😀

  • Adventures in Dressmaking

    May 8, 2012 |

    Cute! I have been planning to do this all spring! Love bringing the peplum trend for a daytime look. =)

  • Marina

    May 8, 2012 |

    Look awesome <3


  • Anonymous

    May 8, 2012 |

    It’s wonderful! Please pin it to you DIY board! I don’t have a sewing machine yet and I want to remember to make this! I love peplums!

  • Güler

    May 8, 2012 |

    youre soo beatiful and smartt:) and your blog is amazing! my diy blog–>

  • beausourirebags

    May 8, 2012 |

    Such a cute idea… great for covering my tummy and tush LOL. Great Job!

  • Life's a shoe

    May 8, 2012 |

    this is fabulous and so creative!

  • SweetBonita

    May 8, 2012 |

    i’m sure this has already been said somewhere within these comments, but you really need to be in design school. you’re so crafty and quick to look at something and just make it, effortlessly. nice job!

  • Ayantika

    May 8, 2012 |

    very inspiring DYI…would love to try it out 🙂

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  • Anonymous

    May 9, 2012 |

    This is very stylish and Creative clothes.
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  • Laura

    May 9, 2012 |

    lovely. trying it asap <3

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    May 11, 2012 |

    Excellent post for sharing. I will recommend it to all of my friends.

  • Prudence and Austere

    May 11, 2012 |

    Great project and a really nicely written tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cymone

    May 11, 2012 |

    I love you Maegan, you never disappoint, every DIY I love and NEED to try 😛

    I was so inspired by all the peplum style this season, but I was really in love with the peplum style shirt, and this is destiny, thank you so much for sharing yet another amazing DIY sweetie!


  • Tairalyn

    May 19, 2012 |

    Just made one! You have had me urging to make one. AND I just did – I’m in love. I will be posting it on the blog “with mentions of you of course” on the 28th. Come by and see if you’d like. Love to hear what you think.


  • Anonymous

    March 6, 2013 |

    Love peplum! For example in this greek rock outfit

  • Dee

    May 13, 2014 |

    Going to try this but think I am going to use a print cotton for my peplum and maybe also do ruffles on the sleeves with some vintage lace trim. I may start on this tonight! Love it……thanks.

  • Elsie

    May 19, 2014 |

    Lovely tutorial. I made something similar inspired by you. Thank you.

  • Kate

    August 20, 2018 |

    Thank you for sharing the DIY tutorial

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