SHIRT REFASHION: A LITTLE LACE

MY BLACK ZIPPER SHIRT

MY BLACK ZIPPER SHIRT

My name is Jennifer, and I have too much clothes. I can’t remember the last time I wore my black zipper shirt (I added the zipper), but I finally found it after completing a huge load of laundry one weekend. I was pretty excited to find it (and it was clean!) because I wanted to add a little bit of lace near the zipper area. A few months ago, I had found 8 yards of pretty lace on clearance for $1! I am the luckiest girl in the world.

A FANTASTIC STEAL

A FANTASTIC STEAL

According to the lace spool, the lace originally sold for $1.99 per yard. I found the spool in the clearance section with a lovely clearance sticker, which indicated an additional 50% off. I figured the final price would be 99 cents per yard, which isn’t terrible because I didn’t need a huge amount of lace. Buuuuut the sales lady said the whole spool of lace was on clearance for 99 cents (plus tax). Um, OK. That little lacey bad boy is mine. ALL MINE! For 99 cents.

99 CENTS FOR ALL THIS LACE!

99 CENTS FOR ALL THIS LACE!

Anyway, I had a few ideas on how I wanted to use the lace. During one of my tutorial readings, one blogger refashioned a simple T-shirt by simply adding lace down the middle of the shirt. Beautiful. I’m pretty sure I could add lace down the middle of a shirt. Lace could be added to the hem of a skirt or cut-off jean shorts. I could probably cinch a big shirt using lace instead of shoelace. The possibilities are endless.

ADDING LACE

ADDING LACE BY HAND

Before I launched myself into a bigger and more frustrating project with lace, I decided to add a little bit of lace to one of my black shirts. More specifically, the black shirt where I added a zipper, and I really wish I could find the easy peasy zipper tutorial again. I aligned the lace near the zipper and added an inch or two before cutting two separate strips. I pinned each lace strip near the zipper, and I decided to hand stitch the lace to the shirt.

THE ROUNDED BOTTOM

THE ROUNDED BOTTOM

I figured I would save myself some choice swear words if I didn’t use the sewing machine, and I felt I could do a much better job with a needle and thread anyway. Other than having a needy little kitty continuously butt her head against my arm and hand for attention, sewing lace onto the shirt was a simple task. And I absolutely love the end result, adding some jazz to a boring black shirt.

MY REFASHIONED SHIRT WITH AN ADDED ZIPPER AND LACE

MY REFASHIONED SHIRT WITH AN ADDED ZIPPER AND LACE

Because the refashion was pretty simple and I really love the result, I’m tempted to add lace all the way down the front of another shirt instead of cutting it off at the end of the zipper. And maybe — just maybe — I’ll use the sewing machine to complete that project. Until I start that project, I’ll be on the interweb searching for more project ideas involving just a little lace.

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