You will need -
- A t-shirt
- Tailor's chalk or sewing marker
- About 1/3 yd of lace (make sure it isn't flimsy or rips easily, it has to hold up the rest of the fabric)
- Stay tape for shoulders
- One package bias binding tape for arm and neck openings
- Matching thread
- Paper to trace your pattern on and cutting mat
- Tracing wheel
Note: I made my original black and gray shirt from scratch but this tutorial shows you how to make one from an existing t-shirt. The blue shirt you see me using in the pics below is an old shirt that I didn't mind cutting up to show as an example.
First put on your shirt and stand in front of a mirror. Using your tailors chalk mark your seam line where you will later attach the t-shirt to the lace.
Go from the point where the side seam of the sleeve meets the bodice across to the other side over the top of your bust. Maybe even try a sweet heart design.
I made my top in two pieces so that the lace would have a shoulder seam to hold onto. I was worried the lace would stretch out too much if it was all one piece.
Because we're not sewing and attaching separate sleeves like the t-shirt has, the sleeve for the lace top will curve down slightly. I made mine cap sleeves so I shortened my sleeve length from my original t-shirt. If you want sleeveless, well, then disregard the sleeves and instead trace the seam line on the t-shirt where the shoulder meets the sleeve. I also widened my neck opening because lace isn't as stretchy as t-shirt jersey so my big head needs to fit through. You could even try a boat neck or v-neck opening. My altered lines are in pink marker.
Make your adjustments to both front and back pattern pieces.
Add a 1/4 in seam allowance all the way around both pieces. I use 1/4 in because I use a serger. You can add more allowance if you feel the need to. If you don't use a serger use a straight stitch to sew lace to lace and a zig zag stitch to sew lace to t-shirt material.
Cut out your pattern pieces with added allowance and use them to cut out your pieces of lace.
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