Remember the lace midriff dress I made this past Summer? Well, I kind of really loved it. So much so, that I decided to use the same lace concept, and make a shirt to help transition the look into Fall.
I love this lace shirt because I feel like it is not only feminine and pretty, it is also comfortable. A great way to dress up any plain T-shirt. You can wear it with a pair of jeans, nice pants, or even for a low-key wedding rehearsal dinner! The best part? As most things I create…it is pretty easy to do.
Make this Look: Lace Shirt DIY.
- Either a shirt you are going to alter / embellish
- -or- 1.5 – 2 yds fabric & shirt pattern
- Basic sewing essentials
I used the free women’s breezy tunic pattern, which I posted more than 3 years ago. Since I was using a ponte knit instead of a woven, I replaced the waistband tie with a knit band, as well as eliminated the shoulder darts and the neckline gathers. If you are using woven cotton, I recommend keeping those design features in place for the tunic pattern.
To embellish a shirt you already have, or to add lace to the women’s tunic pattern, follow the instructions found in the lace midriff dress pattern HERE.
Simply cut the sleeve pattern at your desired lace line, sew the lace in place, and reattaching the sleeve beneath. For the front of the shirt I simply sewed the lace directly onto the bodice using a zig zag stitch around the lace edges.
I would say the entire process took me under 1 hour from start to finish.
The neckline could use a little bit of help, as I wasn’t thinking when I attached the binding and forget to make it slightly smaller than the actual neckline. Hence – why it is pulling up at the sides. I will probably add those sleeve darts back in place to correct. But the lace concept remains the same, and I received loads of compliments when I wore this shirt to church on Tuesday night. I call that a WIN.
This is going to look fabulous paired with a floral or geometric grid scarf :).
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…