Lace embellishments are all the rage in fashion this season. Lace is so pretty and romantic, but it can also be hip and modern. Here's a fairly simple project that even a beginning sewer can tackle - a sweet lace tank top with a modern edge. Here's what you'll need: a tank top in a pale color (mine is a creamy white from Target),a lace scarf (or any large piece of lace will do), matching thread, needle (or sewing machine), and sewing pins...
I found this beautiful scarf at Target for $12.99. It's a gorgeous pale pink color - perfect for Spring.
Yes, it was a bit painful to cut this beauty up, but the good news is that the scarf is really long (almost 6 feet) and there is plenty of lace fabric to make several of these tanks - so grab a friend and get started! First, lay out your lace scarf on the front of your tank and neatly cut off a piece that is about one inch longer than the length of the front of the tank. Now, trim out the ruffled, center section of the scarf.
Begin pinning your lace in place.
I chose to put mine centered, straight down the front of the tank for a clean, modern look, but you could also place it horizontally or off to one side. My best advice: use lots and lots of pins.
They will keep the lace straight and in place as you sew. When you get to the top and bottom of the tank, make a hem by neatly folding the edge under twice - about 1/4 of an inch each time. Pin in place.
Now you are ready to sew. If you don't have a machine, you can also do this by hand. First, sew the top edge. Then, just work your way down one side. I sewed about 1/2 an inch from the edge of the lace - down an existing seam. Next, sew down the other side. Sew the bottom last. Once you've done this, add a few stitches down the middle - this will hold your lace in place and give it added durability. Now, if you are really scared of sewing, you could use fabric glue - I just can't guarantee how well it will hold up. As for washing, I recommend hand washing in cold water and laying flat to dry. A cool iron is OK if needed. And there you have it, a pretty (and inexpensive!) lace top for spring!