Crew Tee To Lace Top
Follow the instructions below and you can turn almost any crew neck tee into a feminine top. By cutting away the knit band at the neck and adding some lace, you’ll have a very different shirt. The steps below will guide you through shaping the front opening, reinforcing the neckline, creating a facing and attaching the lace. For the best results, use wide lace. Mine is 2” wide and when joined together creates a prominent 4” trim down the front. Be sure to throw the shirt and lace in the washer and dryer beforehand.
I created my shirt from a long sleeve, crew neck tee and shortened the sleeves to add the lace. But I want to share what I do sometimes to get the same results when all I can find are short sleeve shirts.
I often find Sonoma tees on sale at Kohl’s for $6-$8. The quality Sonoma fabric is very soft and doesn’t wrinkle badly like some tees. I wish I could find material like it in my local fabric shops. I don’t always like the style of the shirts I see at Kohl’s. For instance, I often find short sleeves when I want 3/4 length. My solution is to buy two identical shirts, one in my size and one extra large for sleeves or other restyling I want to do. When my shirt is finished I have the sleeve length or style I want and a fabric I love for just $16. I think that’s a very good bargain. And when I have a Kohl’s $10 gift card, I get one shirt free!
step 1 - Cut off the knit band on the neck edge. Cut carefully and close to the band to maintain the neck shape.
step 2 - Iron a crease down the center front of the shirt from the neck to the hem.
step 3 - Decide how much of a slit or opening you want in the center front and place a pin to mark that point. Also mark where you want the lace to stop at the bottom of the shirt. The ideal spot would be two inches above your waistline.
At Fabric Store
- fusible interfacing
- scrap of white knit fabric for facing
- sewing notions