Weekly DIY- Dazzle up a plain shirt

This week’s DIY comes courtesy of http://www.mrkate.com/2013/05/23/diy-lace-insert/.

We all have those plain T-shirts in our drawer that we either wear to bed, to work out in, or to lounge in; but be honest do you REALLY wear T-shirts as an every day clothing item? I didn’t think so. Well, now you have your chance to dress that shirt up, and rock it right to the front of your closet as an EVER DAY clothing item!

The great thing about this tutorial, is you do not need any sewing experience! As long as you can thread a needle, and cut out shapes, then no sewing machine is needed, although it certainly will  go fast if you DO have a machine 🙂 

Let’s get to work so you can start making your new wardrobe! You will need a T-shirt, or any shirt with a light material. The great thing about this project is that you do not HAVE to use a T-shirt, you can use any shirt with a lightweight material! 

Items needed :

T-shirt, or any lightweight shirt

Favorite cutout shape( Use a thick paper)

1/2 yard of favorite lace

Scissors

Matching thread and needle(or sewing machine)

*If you have a fear of needles , you CAN use hem tape, but if may come off after a few washes, so I HIGHLY recommend sewing it in.*

Instructions :

Using thick paper, trace and cut out your favorite shape in size you want. To make the shape look really good, you can easily print something offline. Pin pattern to spot you want to cut out on shirt. It REALLY helps if you have a rotary cutter, if not make a tiny snip on any edge of pattern to get you started. Cut carefully! Now, using the same shape , take your lace and cut with an extra inch on all sides for seam allowance. I know that seems like a lot, but no one is going to see the inside of the shirt but you, and having that extra allowance will assure  it will easily attach to your shirt.

Pin LACE on the underside of shirt against the open pattern you’ve just cut. Either machine sew with a stretch stitch, or sew by hand with a straight stitch. If sewing by hand be careful and do not pull stitches to tight when sewing. T-shirt material is usually made from Jersey, and will pucker if you pull the stitched to tightly. Now put it on and rock it like the star you are!

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