BOW-STYLE TOP :
-cut the sleeves to create bows
-wear the t-shirt inside out and draw the neckline you want (careful as it stretches out, too little is better than too much). If it’s too wide, create pleats by hand and stitch in place. If not wide enough, stetch by hand or recut.
-create the bows by folding a long rectangle (cut in the sleeve) in two (this size will be about the size of your finished bow). Stitch the sides all around, leaving a opening (about an inch). This will allow us to turn the bow inside out and stuff it (if desired) with remmants or fluffy things. Next, close the opening by hand and tie a ribbon in the middle of the length (can also be the rim from the tshirt).
-stitch bows in place by gathering the shoulder seams at the same time.
-crop the bottom of the shirt at desired length. Cut the leftover fabric longway to create a long strip of fabric that will be your belt at tie at the waist (or under the breast for an empire line).
PLEATED PEPLUM TOP (also good for skirt) :
-crop the top to the desired length (before peplum, ideally the smaller part of your waist). Save the leftover for the peplum.
-Adjust the fit of your top to the desired width (with tucks or darts at the front and back, stitched in place).
-Place the right side (“the nice side”) of your top and the right side of the leftover (if you can’t find which one it is, look at the hem!) together (like facing each other) and pin at the sides. The fabric band should be much bigger than the top.
-create little pleats by hand, trying to make then evenly distributed. Pin to secure (make sure you’re only pinning one layer of the top and the peplum!). Turn and repeat at the back.
-carefully stitch through the layers joining the top and the peplum (you might need a thicker needle like size 90) and it’s better to a zigzag stitch as the fitted waist will need to stretch going through your shoulders.
-Starting from underneath the arm, stitch by hand (or machine with a long stitch, like 4 or 5) a long straight line along the side seam you want to have shorter. Leave a few inches of thread at the end. Repeat with a second line 1/4 inch apart (make sure they don’t touch).
-hold both loose threads firmly at the hem and gently pull the fabric up until the desired height.
-tie the threads together a few times, being careful not to break them. Trim the loose threads under the knots.
Voilà! I hope you enjoy your creations, I sure can’t wait to see what the group of student from Dunbar Grammar school will come up with…