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.
Cut a straight line on front, off center as shown below. We are going for a motorcycle jacket style.
On the bottom portion of tee that you just trimmed, measure 2 inches from the bottom hem edge.
Mark with chalk and trim with rotary cutter or scissors.
Prepare peplum: Fold center edge .25″/5 cm (like above) and stitch.
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.
Fold peplum seam upward, press and zig zag.
Stitch placket to front opening, press piece towards center/open and zigzag seam down.
Trim overhang using a curved line.
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.
Stitch in a ditch on side seams to secure the belt.
Here it is! I hope you try this out.