I love when I find a new thrift store in town. It’s easy to do since I haven’t really explored that much since we moved here. I have been loving peplum shirts and ruffles so when I came across this gingham shirt I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Sometimes I see something in a thrift store and I brainstorm how I’m going to transform it later. But sometimes I diligently look for something to fit the project idea I already have in my head, like this project. I was definitely looking for the perfect shirt pattern that had enough fabric to create the peplum. I am also really loving gingham right now, so this shirt was perfect!
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Before & After
First I cut 8 inches off from the bottom. This will be used for the peplum. Then I took the sides of the top in as far as I could, while still being able to fit it over my head and shoulders. Since this fabric has no stretch, I had to make sure I’d be able to get it on. If I had chose something stretchy I could have taken it in more. The bigger the difference (in the top and bottom) the more peplum-y it will be. So choose a bigger shirt if you want the shirt to end up gathered even more than this one.
If the sleeves are too big, you could also take those in too, but these ones were fine the way they were for me. These rolled up and have a little strap that buttons to hold them in place.
Once I gathered the bottom I attached it back to the top and I was done. I do like to go a little serger crazy and serge all of the raw hems along the way. Its fun to use and the seams look so professional, like I bought it this way.
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P.S. As an extra ridiculous bonus, check out this picture of one of my chickens and I. Her name is Einstein and she was not as happy about this photo as I was.