April 22, 2015

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Make a Laced Shoulder Tee

This week, I show you how to add lacing to a basic tee! It's pretty quick to do, and gives your basic tee a fun "punky" look. 

**UPDATE** Giveaway closed, thanks everybody for entering! Our winner is Donna, who said, "I think it would look great with a brown leather mini skirt and brown army boots." I agree, that would be pretty smashing! We'll be in touch with you via email soon, Donna :)

I'm starting with the Liberty Jane Off The Shoulder Tee, but you could definitely adapt this technique to work with an ordinary tee you have lying around. 

 

If you're starting from scratch, like me, you'll need your cut out tee pieces. (Or, just grab your ready-made tee!) You'll also need some twill tape or ribbon, lacing, and tiny eyelets or grommets. You can usually find super tiny, 1/8" eyelets in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store. 

OK! Step 1: cut your tee down. Take the front piece, and fold it in half along the Center Front (middle) line. Measure down 1/4". Then, draw a straight line across the top of the tee. It should be about 3/4" down at the other (shoulder) edge. Slice this section off.

Repeat with the back pieces. If you're using a ready-made tee, then just do your best to cut straight across the top.

Because I wanted my tee to have even more of the "crop top" look than the original, I also sliced off about 1/2" from the bottom of both pieces.

Sew the backs to the fronts at the side seams, just like the directions in the pattern guidebook.

Here's where it gets fun! 

Lay twill tape on top of the shirt, along the entire neckline edge. Make sure the RIGHT side (outside) of the shirt, and the RIGHT side of the twill tape or ribbon, are both facing UP. 

Sew close to the bottom edge of the twill tape. 

Flip the shirt over, and fold the extra shirt fabric down. Stitch to hold it in place, and then carefully trim away the extra. 

Use pins to mark where you want to put the eyelets. Mine are about 7/8" apart. This spacing is up to you; just make sure the front and back eyelets will line up.

Here's a tip: once you have the eyelet positions just right, you can go back and mark them with a little tiny sharpie dot. That way you can take the pins out, and still have your markings perfectly intact. 

Make a tiny hole at each spot -- you can use an awl (pointy metal tool) like in the picture, or a pair of sharp scissors. Just be sure to only cut a few threads. More than that, and your finished eyelet is likely to fall out (yikes!). Follow the directions on the eyelet package, to set them correctly. 

Finish up the tee by adding velcro at the back, and staystitching the lower edge. (If you're using a premade tee, then you don't have to do this step -- wahoo!)

Run lacing through the eyelets, and tie it neatly at the ends. You may need to try the tee on your doll, to get the spacing just right. 

And there you have it!

Giveaway time

Wanna win this tee? Super! We'd love to give it away to one lucky winner!

To enter, just leave a comment below, and "play stylist" as you finish this sentence: 

"I think this tee would go great with...."

... a necklace of some sort? Giant blingy bracelets? Palazzo pants? Or maybe leather jeggings? So many styling options!

We'll run the giveaway through Monday, April 27, and get in touch with the winner via email. 

Thanks everybody, and have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


53 Comments

Rena
Rena

July 10, 2015

Okay, I know that the contest is wayyy over, but I can’t help but comment on this adorable top. At first glance, I think Steampunk! So this cute lace up top will look amazing with knee length puffy brown suede breeches and knee high lace up brown leather boots. Also the steampunk inventor cap would be a great accessory. But you could also go a more dressy look with a paneled brown leather skirt with gladiator sandals that lace up to the knee.
I would just love to make these outfits!
Steampunk here I come!

Cathrine
Cathrine

June 24, 2015

I think this top would look good in anything , but , it would look especially super cute with some camo leggings, leather boots or some leather sandals with silver buckles and a bracelet that is made of a tiny silver chain with tiny little shells on it, maybe even a shell ankle bracelets ( if worn with sandals ) !

Lydia
Lydia

April 28, 2015

I think this top would look great with a pair of cargo skinny jeans and one of the listed; combat boots, hiking shoes, or sandals. For a nice relaxed rustice feel.

Brenda
Brenda

April 27, 2015

This cute top with a tank top would look awesome with so many things I don’t know where to begin — the long mitered skirt, the denim mini skirt, the skinny jeans, capris, shorts, just to mention a few. Would also be adorable over a woven cotton shirt and any of the bottoms listed above! Anxious to give this a try!!!

Nina
Nina

April 25, 2015

A chunky stone necklace on a long chain would be perfect with this top to keep the attention at the shoulders. Shorts and gladiator sandals would also work well.

Sue Gray
Sue Gray

April 25, 2015

What a cute & easy shirt for the doll & how cute to top off with a short bubble skirt !! Love this easy Lace Shouldered Tee & Wanna win this tee & “play stylist” with some of these darling patterns of yours ! !
Jane Kennedy
Jane Kennedy

April 25, 2015

I think this top done in a sequin with satin cording paired with a black satin top and long pants or skirt. Killer outfit.

Ramona Alspaugh
Ramona Alspaugh

April 24, 2015

I think this shirt would look great with a pair of jeans with the twill and lacing up the outside seam.

Henrietta
Henrietta

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a southwestern patterned skirt and boots. Add a dream catcher necklace and bracelets.

Bonnie Brightman
Bonnie Brightman

April 24, 2015

This would really look good with very distressed jean capris and navy sandals!

Donna Ochs
Donna Ochs

April 24, 2015

Very unique, cute style. Would look great with shorts on a hot summer day.

Ruth
Ruth

April 24, 2015

Such a cute top. I’ll make this !

Martine
Martine

April 24, 2015

Would love to make it

Carrie
Carrie

April 24, 2015

I think this would be adorable for a swimsuit coverup (you could even make it longer), or paired with your spaghetti strap tank and a pair of cutoffs

Diane
Diane

April 24, 2015

I think this top would look great with a flowing boho style dress and sandals.

Linda K
Linda K

April 24, 2015

I think this top would go with mitered skirt.

Nancy
Nancy

April 24, 2015

I love this look. We can make it fancy or plain. Dress it up or dress it down.

Danielle
Danielle

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a gold locket and a gold bangle or two. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Donna S
Donna S

April 24, 2015

I think this top would go great with a pair of cuffed denim short shorts worn over a 2 piece swimsuit, flip flops and an oversize beach bag. Then head to the beach!

Wendy
Wendy

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a matching beach bag, and then wear it over a bathing suit.

ginger
ginger

April 24, 2015

Very cute idea!

Carm
Carm

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with black & white zebra shirt, black leather lace with a white tee & read skort with zebra pleat

Diana
Diana

April 24, 2015

This Top will be so versatile in creating many different outfits and looks. Imagine the different fabrics to be used prints, shimmer, tie-dye and many more then match to the perfect pants or skirt and off you go.

dorrie
dorrie

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with capris and a tank, with an ankle bracelet.

Beaj
Beaj

April 24, 2015

Decisions…decisions…lol
I think this top would look good with a t-shirt , jeans and a pair of sandals .

Shirley Andras
Shirley Andras

April 24, 2015

This would look great with a pair of jeans and cute sandals and a tank of course.

Amanda Graham
Amanda Graham

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a long brown skirt, moccasins, and a bow and arrows. Perfect for practicing her archery.

Eveline
Eveline

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with the jean capris I made. Sure would love to add this to my doll’s wardrobe.

nancy b
nancy b

April 24, 2015

This laced shoulder tee would be a great addition to any outfit she wants to wear. I love it. It could be very versatile in her wardrobe. I imagine my granddaughters would like one also.

Dawn
Dawn

April 24, 2015

…the new Anchors Aweigh nautical shoe pattern! With white sailor pants!
Dawn

Bethany
Bethany

April 24, 2015

I pinned this.

Bethany
Bethany

April 24, 2015

I think this top would go great with a flowy leather skirt. It just has that perfect medieval look.

Bethany
Bethany

April 24, 2015

I think this top would go great with a flowy leather skirt. It just has that perfect medieval look.

Lynne Marie Pisano
Lynne Marie Pisano

April 24, 2015

I think this shirt would go great with Skinny Jeans!

Dorcas
Dorcas

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a rust-orange southwest-style print maxi skirt and brown leather sandals to match the lacing on top.

Jo
Jo

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would look great with a pair of daisy dukes.

Florence
Florence

April 24, 2015

This little top will go with anything and look wonderful. It would make a great swim suit cover up for the summer also? Beautiful!

Sarah
Sarah

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a steampunk style skirt and a fascinator.

Linda Koenig
Linda Koenig

April 24, 2015

I think this tee would look great with Capri or cut off blue jeans

priscilla
priscilla

April 24, 2015

I think this top would go great with the mitered skirt free pattern this week

Thresea Wright
Thresea Wright

April 24, 2015

I think this top would look great on any of my eight granddaughters 18 inch dolls!

Mary
Mary

April 24, 2015

I think this top would look great with a brown leather skirt and brown boots!

Ginger Harris
Ginger Harris

April 24, 2015

I think this top would go well with cut-offs and a springtime headband made with the same lacing. A bit of embroidery on the bottom would also look nice.

Janice
Janice

April 24, 2015

I think this would look amazing over a bikini bra top and hip hugger bottoms. Oh can I suggest a grommet and eyelet tutorial soon. Pleassssseeeee.

Amelia
Amelia

April 23, 2015

I think this top would go great with jeans that are that, you know cut off? I think that’s what they are called. Regular jeans would be great too.

Margaret
Margaret

April 23, 2015

Isabelle pintuck shorts without a doubt,! Twill tape should match the shorts, nice look!

Donna
Donna

April 23, 2015

I think it would look great with a brown leather mini skirt and brown army boots.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

April 23, 2015

I think this tee would go great with a denim skirt which also has twill tape/eyelets/lacing @ the waist, as well as along the front/back pockets!

Marian
Marian

April 23, 2015

I think this top would be fantastic with a pair of capri’s or jeans with a little laced up area at the hemline. A simple contrasting tank would make the lacing show up well. Jewelry such as as wide bangle bracelets would be a nice touch. No necklace, that would call away the attention from this great top.

Marian
Marian

April 23, 2015

I think this top would be fantastic with a pair of capri’s or jeans with a little laced up area at the hemline. A simple contrasting tank would make the lacing show up well. Jewelry such as as wide bangle bracelets would be a nice touch. No necklace, that would call away the attention from this great top.

Linda
Linda

April 23, 2015

I think this top would look great with the mitered skirt from this week’s Freebie Friday.

Kathi
Kathi

April 23, 2015

I think this tee would be great with a Katniss type outfit!

Rachel Koppleberger
Rachel Koppleberger

April 23, 2015

I think this top would go great with either capri’s or a skirt, a few bangles, sandals, and a tank top or strapless shirt.

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