DIY: How to Make a Lace Back Shirt Out of a Tank Top

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Lace back tank tops and t-shirts have been really popular lately, and it’s easy to see why – they’re breezy (lot of ventilation), pretty and add a lot of visual interest to what might be an otherwise boring outfit. If you’ve been scouring the stores for the perfect sheer back top but haven’t found one you fancy, why not try making your own using a shirt you already have? Despite their complex look, sheer back shirts are extremely easy to make yourself, especially if you’re just refashioning a tank top that you’ve grown bored of. To see how to complete this simple fashion DIY, click on the pages below for the full instructions.

Lace Back Shirt DIY Instructions


YOU WILL NEED:
-A tank top or t shirt (we recommend refashioning one you already own or buying one second hand)
-A piece of lace or mesh that is at least as large as your shirt when laid flat (we used a curtain we bought for $2.50 at a thrift shop)
-An iron
-Scissors
-Needle and thread or a sewing machine

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STEP 1: You might recognize this tank top as the one that I made out of a pillowcase. That’s the great thing about refashioned clothes – you can keep doing it over and over again and make something new for your wardrobe each time. Anyhoo, the first step in this refashion is to lay your tank top flat and cut it to separate the back from the front. If you shirt is nearly identical from the back and front like mine, you can even make 2 new lace back shirts, but if there is a clear back and front, you want to work with the front. You can save the back for another project.

About Clossette

Yuka Yoneda is a writer, cheese lover and JeDIY master whose love of recycled fashion led her to start Clossette.com as a resource for folks looking to revamp what they already have in their closets. Her penchant for crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, where she was born and raised. She believes that if you can "make it" here, you can "make it" anywhere, so that's exactly what she does. Yuka is also the Managing Editor of Inhabitat NYC and her refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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