I have been wanting to get around to some DIY projects for some time now. The trouble getting started has been finding the right suppliers now that we are no longer in Paris. I guess that is one of the down sides to moving towns… we lose those regular go-to stores, and have to start over. I hope to post DIYs here on the blog quite regularly, so if you have anything you would like to see done, leave me a comment or send me an email.
This DIY idea came to me over the winter. I had become obsessed with a Lace Insert T-shirt at Sandro, but there was no way I was going to spend that kind of money on something so simple. Besides a DIY means I can choose everything from the colour, to the shape, and the style of the lace.
- a T-shirt (I opted for 100% cotton, and I pre-washed to avoid any additional shrinkage)
- some lace (I chose 100% cotton lace, as I prefer the feel of it. I also pre-washed my lace in warm soapy water)
- a pair of fabric scissors (or just sharp regular scissors)
- some thread
- some dressmakers pins
- a sewing machine (though it can be done without, it will just take longer).
First you will want to pin your lace onto the t-shirt where you want it. You will want to leave enough at each end to leave a nice finish it properly so I recommend double the hem allowance of your t-shirt.
Being careful not to cut the lace, cut out the t-shirt fabric under where you have sewn. I prefer to pinch the lace away from the fabric and cut down the middle, and then cut more closely to the stitching after. The choice is yours.