How to Sew Lace on the Front of a T-Shirt


Plain T-shirts can be revived with the feminine touch of lace and a do-it-yourself-attitude. Sew the lace onto a shirt if you have the skill set. If you're unsure of your sewing skills, simply glue the lace onto the front. Either way, with just a few tips you'll be able to create a new version of your tee.

Things You'll Need

  • One slightly stretchy fitted T-shirt
  • 1/2 yard of lace fabric or organdy
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Narrow cutting board, about the size of the T-shirt
  • Sewing machine with zig-zag setting
  • Wax paper
  • Washable glue

Make a Lace Collar Tee

Place the cutting board inside the T-shirt. Smooth the shirt so that the shoulder seams fit snugly against the top of the board and the back and front of the shirt are aligned.

Trace the seam along the neckline. Then, measure 3 inches below the seam and make another mark. Fold the lace in half and ensure that the grain matches that of the T-shirt. Pin the lace over the shirt to match the chalk lines.

Use the zigzag option on your sewing machine to sew along the line at the collar and sew the lace to the shirt and do the same at the lower chalk line. You'll want to stretch the fabric periodically to ensure that there is stretch in your new seam. Trim the lace to create a 1/8 inch edge away from the seams at the collar to create your new collar.

Create a Lace Insert T-Shirt

Fold the T-shirt in half to create a straight line down the front of the shirt. Lay the shirt flat. At the crease, mark a line 2 inches away from the bottom neckline ribbing going in a circular motion around the neckline to the shoulder seam. Cut along this line and the bottom neckline ribbing. Save this fabric.

Unfold the saved fabric and pin it over the organdy. Measure and add 5/8 inch along to the outer edge. Trace this shape onto the organdy and cut along this line.

Turn the shirt inside out and lay front side up on a flat work surface. Place wax paper inside the shirt to prevent glue from seeping through. Apply a thin layer of glue along the bottom neckline ribbing of the T-shirt. Gently place the organdy over the glue. Do the same for the top neckline ribbing.

Cut the lace into your desired shapes. When the glue is dry, turn the shirt inside-out and glue these shapes along the edges of where the shirt meets the organdy. Allow the shirt to dry completely and try it on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wash, dry and iron your T-shirt before hand if necessary.
  • Practice cutting on an old T-shirt first.

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