Tuesday, March 13, 2012

{she made it} vintage lace inset t-shirt

today i have another sweet little re-fashion diy for you, this super cute lace inset t-shirt.

here is what you'll need:

sewing machine
t-shirt of your choice
piece of new or vintage lace the length of your shirt
white thread
aleene's stop fraying

position the lace in the middle of the back of the shirt. pin it.

sew down both sides with a regular straight stitch making sure to follow the very outside edge of the lace. take your time and do it slowly. you don't have to be a pro at sewing to be able to do this :)

sew across the top as well and then turn the shirt inside out. cut out the rectangle between your sewn lines, leaving about 1/2" to 3/4". this step is voluntary. i did it because i wanted to be extra safe. t-shirt fabric doesn't usually fray so if this is too much work for you just skip this step.

now fold that fabric over and pin it again. 

sew down both sides again making sure to stay on the very edge of the fabric. that way you will sew through the lace on the other side again which will give double hold. if you're not on the very outside edge your white line will show on the dark shirt fabric, so be careful and check once in a while. 
lastly i also sewed a zig-zag stitch along the bottom edge of the lace. since you cut it there the edge is now unfinished and may start to unravel over time. i also used aleene's stop fraying on both of the unfinished edges of the lace. now turn your shirt inside out again.

you're done :)

you just turned an old boring t-shirt into a sweet little lace shirt. this took me about an hour to do, start to finish. if you make one i would love to see it sometime. 

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  1. Very nice! Thank you for sharing your idea. I pinned it.

  2. Love this, Sophie! Great job! Cannot wait to copy ;) I will share!

  3. oh my gosh! i love this. will definitly be doing this!! love your blog!


  4. What a fun idea for an old t-shirt. I need to start a whole new board on Pinterest on "Uses for old t-shirts" but for now (since I'm at work) I'll post this up on my blogs Facebook page (I have a super sneaky way to post on it at work ;)

    Lief, Love, Green

  5. This shirt looks amazing! Such a cute idea!
    I just got one of your comments on my blog, but you have a no reply email linked to your account. So I just wanted to stop by and let you know. If you will want to know about how it was to leave my little guy for 4 days, just email me :)

  6. What a fun idea!

    Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'.
    I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure
    to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

  7. Awesome tutorial!! I have featured you over at Strictly Homemade today! Hope you will come by and pick up a feature button!

  8. will try this for the summer. Thank you!!!

  9. Just wanted to let you know this is gonig to be one of 5 featured 'green crafts' for the month of March at Life, Love, Green!

    The post will go up tomorrow morning!


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  11. Love it....Love that the back strip was removed to only have the lace.


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