Friday, May 18, 2012

DIY: extra inches with lace

refashion a basic tee with lace at the hem line

to add these few missing inches

My drawers have plenty of tops from the 90's.
...tops too short?  
(or mama too old?)
Today is the first post of the mini-series:

left: polyvore - collage by moi

Adding length with lace it's easy:
change the look of the most basic t-shirt 
to something more sophisticated.
Just like these Valentino or Miu Miu ...

(doesn't need to be a limited option for tops: 
you can use it for skirts, dresses, shorts, pants, 
and yes: tops, again: on the sleeves!)

(very un-flattering pictures to follow: sorry!!!)

 It's a 10 minutes project if you have a sewing machine,
about half hour if you have to do some hand stitching.
I decided to use a tone-sur-tone lace,
but you can use contrasting colors as well.
It's your call!

* get enough lace to match the circumference of the hem line of your top + about 4" 
(add a little extra if the lace has some large designs, so you'll be able to match the pattern on the sides)
* the lace has to be wide enough for the extra length you'll need to add to your top, plus an extra 1" or 1-1/2"

* in my case, the lace was much wider, so I cut the extra width to meet my needs

* pin the lace under the hem of the shirt, just about over the double top-stitching of the hem. 
Leave an extra 1" on each side

* cut the lace following the pattern on the lace on each end 
* overlap the extra 1" on the sides, pin and sew.

* sew over the top-stitching on the from and the back, leaving about 1/2" near the sides un-sewn
* use some fray-check on the trimming of the lace, just to be sure that it won't unravel.

Note: if you'll be using some elasticized, stretch lace, you won't need to leave the sides open.
Try the top with a basting seam on the sides and see if it's comfortable to pull on and off.
My top is fitted, so I wouldn't pass over my shoulders without the side slits.

... it took longer to write the tutorial then actually making this refashion!!

If you haven't worn it for the past ----- years:
it feels just like a "new" top!!

xox, d.

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