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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DIY Striped T-shirt (Self Drafted Pattern)

Quick, easy and highly wearable? That's my favorite thing to make. And that's what this shirt is. I made my own pattern for this basic T-shirt and used a large fabric scrap to whip it up over the weekend. This week I'm sharing inspiration for how to mix stripes with florals so of course I couldn't resist making something myself.

The fabric has a very small stripe in it, kind of a dark grey on black. I can't remember where I bought it, probably from a bargain bin somewhere. :) I used the fabric a couple of times before. Once for a long grecian dress and once for a fabric strip scarf (tutorial included in link).

To draft my pattern, I picked a t-shirt that fits well and traced its shape on paper. This pattern was extra easy because there are not separate sleeves. The t-shirt just has little cap sleeves built as an extension of the shoulder. 

After picking a shirt to copy, all you have to do is fold the shirt in half, place it on top of your paper and trace around it. I made one pattern piece for the front and one for the back. Now, I'll be able to use the pattern over and over again and it only took a few minutes to make.

TIP: I've found that using chalk to make marks is easier and faster than pencil or pen. The chalk will rub off onto your fabric which in some cases is a good thing! 

To put the t-shirt together, I used my serger to stitch the front and back together at the sides and shoulder seams. Then I hemmed the sleeves and bottom. Doing the neck binding took the longest because I expected the fabric to stretch quite a bit but it did not. So the length I cut to bind the neckline was too short and I had to do a little experimenting before I got it right. I must say that a serger and a sewing machine with a walking foot really do make sewing with knits so easy and quick.

For the above outfit, I paired my new t-shirt with a DIY floral pleated skirt that I made last year. I really love this skirt by the way. The bright colors are so cheerful and fun. And it's super easy to pair with any neutral colored stripes. Yay for mixing it up!

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Moodboard - The Tie Neck Blouse

Tie Neck blouses have been trending for a few years now but IMHO an elegant blouse never goes out of style. So to get your inspiration juices flowing, here are some of my favorite tie neck blouses from around the interwebs.

1. RACHEL Rachel Roy The Clara Scoop Neck Blouse from Macy's
2. Trinity Tie Neck Blouse from Piperlime
3. Yardley Tie-Neck Blouse from Nieman Marcus
4. Pleione Tie Neck Pleated Blouse from Nordstrom
5. Pins and Needles Chiffon Tie-Neck Tunic from Urban Outfitters
6. Parker Tie Neck Top from Shopbop


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