Friday, 20 May 2016

Another Lace Top Refashion

It's easy and quick to give a charity shop lace top a new shape and look.
Lace top refashion

When I was at the Stitches show a few months ago with a friend she bought a piece of lace fabric and used it to make herself a lovely floaty loose fitting lace top. Inspired, I found myself drawn to lace tops and dresses whenever I've been in a charity shop, in case I found something suitable to refashion my own version.
Finally I happened upon this top for just £2.99:
Lace top refashion
For some reason I've not photographed myself in it so you'll have to take my word for it when I say it was a little balloon-y round the waist for me, not the floaty, breezy look I was after!
It had 5 rows of shirring elastic round the sleeves and the bottom. At first I tried just snipping the elastic away on the sleeves, however this took forever, so I gave up on that and just chopped the elasticated bit from the bottom like so:
Lace top refashion
I found some lace in my stash...
Lace top refashion
and just attached it to the bottom edge, over lapping on the right side by about 1/2 inch. 
Lace top refashion
I stitched it using this stitch that I found on my sewing machine.
I believe this is really some sort of hemming stitch, but it worked well with the two layers of lace, enough of a variety of stitch to cope with all the holes.
Lace top refashion
I guess 2 rows of straight stitch would do the job just as well.
I tried pressing the sleeves with the iron, thinking I would just leave them at the 3/4 length but it just wasn't working so in the end I chopped off the bottom section of the sleeves too. I didn't have enough lace to edge the sleeves the same as the hem so I just gave that a simple double fold hem and stitched it with a normal straight stitch.
Lace top refashion
The only other thing I did was to carefully remove the black clothing label at the back of the neck. Why would you put a black label in a white lace top?
Lace top refashion
I normally consider myself a little bit past the "crop top" look (generally if you wore a look in your teens you probably don't want to be repeating it in your 40's!) but with a vest top underneath I'm loving my new lace top. 
Lace top refashion
This was the photo I shared earlier in the month on instagram as part of Me Made May 2016, when I took my new top out for a spin for the first time.

My tassel necklace was another Me Made thing (sort of) It was a bag charm originally, I didn't take any photos as I didn't think it was inspiring enough to warrant it's own post here but it was a little bit like this one:
The beads on mine are a bit less fancy and the puffy flower was yellow and had got a bit grubby, frayed & tatty.
I snipped away the flowers, removed the split ring and then just attached it to a bright bead ball chain I had already.
tassel necklace form old bag charm

I think the lace top will work with other colour vests underneath too.
Lace top refashion
Lace top refashion
Lace top refashion
I've seen lots of ideas on pinterest too, where people have made lace tops from old tablecloths or even curtains. If you can sew at all it would be easy enough to make a simple t shirt pattern from lace, but if you can find something suitable for a refashion a lot of the work (like setting the sleeves!) is already done for you - bonus!
PS: This is Another Lace Top Refashion because I added lace to a top a few years back, called that a Lace Top Refashion and I'm not very imaginative with my post titles!

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31 comments:

  1. You make it sound easy; I've never tried to re-fashion clothes. Maybe I'll give it a try.

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  2. It really is easy Carol, much easier than making clothes from scratch sometimes. The hardest thing is seeing the potential in the clothes you already have or see in thrift or charity shops, but there is so much inspiration online - have a go!

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  3. You did a great job, it looks fantastic on you.
    Meredith

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    1. Awh, thanks, what a lovely comment :-)

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  5. Wow! it turned out really lovely... it's like a brand new top and it's looks great with different colored vests as well. Thanks for sharing this tip! #MakingHome

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    1. Thanks, I'm really pleased and think I will get a lot of wear from it this summer.

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  6. Nicely done. #MakingHome

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  7. Very stylish - I love the new look of the top now.

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    1. Thanks Agy, I'm sure I remember you making a lace top from a small tablecloth or runner a while back which I thought was just lovely.

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  8. So pretty, I love lace anything to wear just makes you feel special

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    1. Thanks Carolee, I love a bit of lace too and I keep seeing summery lace tops in the shops so I'm thinking it's very "on trend" too!

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  10. It looks really great - well modelled!!

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    1. Ha ha, yeah, modelling isn't really my thing - can you tell?!!

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  11. You did a great job here, love how it turned out :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, pinning...

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  12. Love this, I don't like that elastic at the waist either and this is a great way to change it.
    PS I love your header!!!

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    1. Thanks Suzy, it's nice to know I'm not the only one!
      I still love my header too even though it's quite a few years old now. I keep thinking maybe I should up date it, but it still saying everything I want it to. Glad you like it :-)

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  13. This is so gorgeous! I love how it can be used for so many different looks.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you'll join us at 12AM EST on Friday when we open our doors again.

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  14. It looks great on you - I would have passed it by, thanks for the vision:) #makinghome

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    1. Thanks Vicky, it can be difficult to see the potential in things in a charity shop, often I wish I had taken a chance on something that I left behind!

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  15. It's beautiful, I love the effect of the different colours underneath too.

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    1. Thanks, I'm planning to get loads of wear out of this in the summer, I think it will go with everything!

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  16. Shirred tops make me look like a puffer fish. Oddly though, I have a couple but they dont get much wear. I might have to give this treatment a go. It looks fabulous on you!

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    1. I love that analogy - puffer fish is exactly the look! I see them on other people looking great but on me, not so much! I hope any refashion you try on yours turns out well if you decide to have a go.

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  17. I am just about to have a go at my first 're-fashions' Thanks for the inspiration! #MakingHome

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    1. Good luck! I love chopping up old clothes to make new, some are super successful, some take a few attempts, but it is often a lot quicker and cheaper than sewing from scratch.

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  18. This kind of upcycle is right up my alley. I love a good makeover! Thanks for sharing

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  19. I always enjoy makeover projects like this. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

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