T-shirt Hack 3!

With the arrival of chilly weather, I am desperate for more long sleeve shirts and layering pieces. I made this motorcycle style t-shirt jacket. using a Uniqlo Compact Cotton Crewneck Tee It is super-soft and has a good fabric density. I love the slightly muted shade which works well with neutrals. You can make this fun layering piece easily.

T-shirt Hack #3

What you need:
A long sleeve midweight tee
2 – D rings (1″ size)
1.5 yds 1″/ 25 cm wide cotton twill tape.

Determine the length (L) of the jacket body by measuring from your front neckline down to your natural waist, add .5 inch seam for attaching the peplum.

Measure and mark this (L) dimension on t-shirt with tailors chalk, measure this point from the bottom hem. Mark this distance from bottom hem on front and back, creating your trim line.

Cut along the line, preserving the bottom portion of the t shirt for peplum and front placket.

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Cut a straight line on front, off center as shown below. We are going for a motorcycle jacket style.

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On the bottom portion of tee that you just trimmed, measure 2 inches from the bottom hem edge.

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Mark with chalk and trim with rotary cutter or scissors.

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Prepare peplum: Fold center edge .25″/5 cm (like above) and stitch.

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Cut front placket by measuring and marking (L) plus .5″/10 cm on remaining fabric.
Fold width in half along the length and pin to wrong side of tshirt along front opening, allowing extra .5″/10 cm to overhang at neckline.

Attach peplum to shirt body, matching ends and center back first, pin piece in place. With right sides facing, sew seam. Press seam upward and topstitch with zigzag.

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Fold peplum seam upward, press and zig zag.

Stitch placket to front opening, press piece towards center/open and zigzag seam down.

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Trim overhang using a curved line.

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Fastener and Detail that Defines

T-hack 2 used multiple ties, I wanted this one to have a cleaner look.

I love D-rings as a functional detail, used much lately on modern pants and skirts. Also, I love higher horizontal lines to streamline and lengthen. So, I combined both these ideas to create a higher waist with the belt.

Pass the twill tape through the D rings and stitch to secure the rings in place.

Pin and stitch the belt onto the body at several points: front-left, at the side seams and front-right. I added a random belt loop to play off of the offset peplum seam.

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Stitch in a ditch on side seams to secure the belt.

Here it is! I hope you try this out.

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T shirt Hack no. 2



Inspired by a jacket worn by Jenna Lyons, I bought a ladies basic T shirt and with a few additions,  have styled it into a lightweight modern jacket. This would be a good piece for any capsule wardrobe. If you are interested in working with stripes T shirt hack no 1.

Best T shirt for this hack:

Look for a white t shirt that is made of medium weight 100% cotton fabric. I am using a long sleeve crew neck tee that I found online. Hanes, beefy T shirt would be a good weight. Avoid any tissue weight or synthetics fabrics like rayon or poly, they are too soft and won’t have enough substance for a jacket.

You will also need 1 yard of white cotton muslin, not natural muslin.



Determine the length (L) of the jacket body by measuring from your neckline down to your natural waist, add .5 inch seam for attaching the peplum.

Measure and mark this (L) dimension on t shirt with tailors chalk. Cut along the line, preserving the bottom portion of the t shirt for jacket ties.


Cut along the center front of the body.


Measure, mark and trim bottom section of t-shirt into 1.25″ strips.


Cut Front Panel Pieces from white cotton muslin. Measure 9 inch for the width and use the (L) length of trimmed body  + .5 inches, remember to cut 2 pieces.


Pin the Length of the front panel to the front of the jacket, allowing .5″ seam to overlap neckline.

Stitch a .5″ seam, press open.


At fold line, fold front panel piece so that right side of fabric is on the inside.
Making sure to fold back remaining .5″ seam.

Stitch across top, just above neckline. Trim seam allowance and grade seams where to remove bulk.


Turn right side out, press, pin and topstitch along edges. I stitched close to the edge on 3 sides and 3/8″ on inside edge for visual interest.

th2make8Cut the peplum pieces above from the muslin.

Fold peplum pieces along fold line with right side of fabric on inside, stitch side seams.


On center back, stitch the notch.


Trim and turn pieces right side, use a pin to straighten corners and press.


Align and pin peplum to jacket body. Sew seam, open and press.

How to make jacket ties

Holding one end of the 1.25″ strips, pull until the strip curls/edges roll.


Mark 4 or 5 lines on both sides of jacket front.


Using a wide zig zag stitch, secure ties at markings.


Here it is. I hope you like it.
Please comment below with any thoughts, suggestions or questions.

Thank you for taking a look at my t-shirt hack!

T-shirt Hack No. 1

Convert an old striped T-shirt into a modern bolero jacket.


First, measuring the length of your jacket. Mark the t-shirt near the waistline, you will be adding a peplum approx. 1.5 inches later.


Align the shoulder seams, side seams and neckline edge, creating a center front fold line.

Cut along fold upward through the neckline.


From the lower portion of the t-shirt, trim approximately 2 inches all across the bottom ( including the original hem).

This will become the peplum on the bottom of the jacket.



Trim off the side seam of the center panel, align the two layers, matching stripes.

Measure your jacket body length and + 1″ for seams (1/2″ seam for top and bottom of front panel).

This will be the length, for the width allow 5″ mark with chalk and trim
(ex. my jacket body length is 9″ so I am cutting a 10″ L x 5″ W rectangle).



With right sides facing each other pin the peplum to jacket body all around the hem and trim the excess.



Using tailors chalk, mark a stitching line starting from side seam, below the tshirt original hem (where ruler grid overlaps overlocked stitching on T-shirt hem) to the center of jacket front, 1/4 inch above raw edge.


If you are using a standard machine, reducing the pressure on the presser foot will allow for easier sewing. Use a zigzag stick or stretch stitch setting if available.


Sew the peplum onto the jacket body following the chalk line.

On the back continue straight across so that the finished peplum will be approximately .5″ length in the back.

Press, trim seam and topstitch.


Oops, didn’t photograph this step; so I created a simple diagram using Illustrator.

Pin the interfaced edge of front panel to front edge of jacket. Overlaping 1/2″ on top and 1/2″ over jacket lower seam. Stitch from top to red dot (stopping at lower jacket seam).

Press open seam, pressing allowance towards front panel/away from jacket body.


Roll front edge of peplum inward .5″ hand stitch.

Fold front panel at center line. Stitch .5″ seam at the top and bottom of center panel.


Grade seams on front panel at corner and seam allowance to reduce thickness.

Turn center panel right side out.


Hand-stitch inside of front panel and voilà you are finished!



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please comment below with any
suggestions or questions.

Thank you!