DIY Outfit – Lace Tee

Spring is the perfect time for pastels, lace and all things sweet. Today's DIY inspiration is a simple t-shirt made from a bold, large scale floral lace (see more detail picks here). If this was in my closet, I'm sure it would get a lot of wear throughout the year. It could easily be styled for Fall/Spring as shown here or worn with a shorts or a skirt for the summer months. Add a scarf and boots and you could even wear it in winter. Read on for how I would make this top a DIY reality.

How to DIY a Lace T-shirt

Step 1: Our inspiration is the Orlaya Top from Anthropologie. It's a poly-blend fabric and even has a small zipper detail at the back neck.

Step 2: For the sewing pattern, use the free T-shirt Mini Dress pattern by Dixie DIY (shortened to shirt length) or your favorite t-shirt pattern.

Step 3: For the fabric I would use a thick white knit like this ponte knit and a large scale like lace this one from Mood. Cut front, back and sleeves from the knit and cut only a front piece from the lace. Use the knit as an underlining to the lace for the front piece. Add in the back neck zip if desired.

If you're nervous about sewing with lace, check out these great tips from Gertie.  

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Fall Sewing No. 1 – Lace Top Dress

Here is the first finished piece from my Fall Wardrobe. It's no coincidence that it is number 1 on my list. I actually finished this dress a couple of weeks ago. I love the print on this fabric. It's abstract and not at all fussy. The dark jewel tone colors and black lace make this a great dress for the Fall and Winter season.

I used Vogue V8414 but simplified it a bit so it was super easy to put together. I have used this dress pattern once before using a really slippery striped fabric and fabric covered buttons meaning it took a really long time to make. This time is was a breeze. I cut the front and back yokes from lace and the lower front and back from a printed sheer fabric. For the body of the dress I eliminated the darts and decreased the shaping a little so that I didn't have to put in a zipper. To create some shape I stitched a narrow piece of elastic to the waistline. To finished the neckline with a strip of bias fabric from the printed fabric. The rest of the edges were finished with a serger. It really doesn't get much easier than that.

One of my favorite things about of this dress is the buttons. I'm not sure where I got them, but I once bought some jars full of buttons from a thrift store so they were probably part of that purchase. The buttons are little gold barrels with writing on the ends. One side says "Seagrams" and the other side says "Ancient Bottle Gin". How cool is that? I've never seen branded buttons before. So, in honor of my buttons, I'm unofficially calling this dress the "Gin Rickey" dress after my favorite gin drink. If you haven't tried a Gin Rickey before I highly recommend it. It's like a gin and tonic but without the sweetness.

This dress is really comfortable to wear and I love the peek-a-boo lace on the top. Because of the sheerness of the fabric and because I did not put in a lining, it does require a slip. This dress is so easy to wear I think I'll really be able to get a lot of use out of it this Fall and Winter.

Vogue V8414 Sailor Dress
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DIY Outfit – Lace Inset Top

As soon as I saw this t-shirt with inset lace, I knew that I had to make my own version. I love the casual look of the t-shirt combined with the fanciness of the lace. It dresses up what would otherwise be something quite ordinary. Today I'll share the inspiration and a basic how-to. Make sure to check back in tomorrow to see my results.

How to DIY a Lace Inset Top

Step 1 The Lace Divide Tee from Anthropologie is a long, loose fitting t-shirt with a lace inset at the center back and a slouchy front pocket. The swingy fit would be flattering to most anybody.

Step 2 To make your own t-shirt I recommend drafting your own pattern as I explain here. The only change from a regular t-shirt is to add a seam to the center back. For the lace inset, cut a triangle on the fold about 13 inches high and 11 inches wide.

Start with the back of the shirt. With right sides together, align one angled side of the godet to one side of the back matching the dots (in the diagram) and stitch. Align remaining back piece to back and lace godet and stitch in place. Stitch front to back at sides and shoulders. Finish neckline, sleeves and hem. 

For the droopy pocket, cut a trapezoid that is wider at the top. Fold in the edges and pin to the front of the shirt with the sides straight up and down. Topstitch in place.

Alternately, you can refashion a ready to wear black t-shirt by cutting a slit up the back and then attaching the lace godet.

Step 3 All you need for this shirt are a basic black knit and a black lace like this one from

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