DIY Lace Trim Plaid Top

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With autumn right around the corner, it’s almost time to break out those cozy plaid shirts. While I love a good flannel button down, I wanted to create a top that would allow for the gradual summer-to-fall transition. This project is great for layering; wear it under a chunky cardigan or denim jacket for cozy yet comfy autumn look. If the day warms up, simply sport the top by itself. The best part? You can use practically any button down shirt that needs a face lift.

Supplies for the Lace Trim Plaid top


-Plaid flannel button down shirt
-Fabric scissors
-Fabric glue
-Foam brush
-Lace trim (at least 1 yard)

Preparing to cut off sleeves

1. To cut off the sleeve, start at the shoulder seam.

Cutting off sleeves with fabric scissors

2. Cut off the sleeve “under” the seam, using the shoulder as a guide.

Sleeveless plaid top for project

3. Repeat on the opposite side. The edges will naturally fray over time, creating a distressed look.

Cutting a shirt to create a crop top

4. Depending on your preferred length, cut off the bottom 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch of the shirt.

Applying fabric glue with a foam brush

5. Along the raw bottom edge, apply fabric glue with the foam brush. Place the shirt on scrap cardboard to help prevent making a mess.

Using fabric glue to attach lace trim to clothing

6. Lay the lace trim directly onto the fabric glue, pressing down gently with the foam brush.

Using fabric glue to attach lace trim to clothing

7. Continue along the bottom edge. Work in intervals for greater ease and efficiency.

Using fabric glue to attach lace trim to clothing

8. Continue until you reach the opposite end of the shirt. If necessary, you can apply more fabric glue on top of the lace trim for those really stubborn spots. Don’t worry, fabric glue dries completely clear!

Cutting off excess lace trim

9. Using fabric scissors, trim away excess lace.


Your end result will be a top that combines elements of both summer and fall fashion. Try different lace trim and shirt combinations for a creation that is all your own.

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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