Friday, August 28, 2009
Frou Frou n Glue, Ruffled Lace T-Shirt Makeover Tutorial
Anywho, I decided to cover this stain. You must remember how much I hate to sew, I can do it, but it scares me, hence the lack of puppets in my shop as of late. I digress. I would not have used this much lacy area at first, but the stain was pretty far down so I had to keep layering the lace until it was covered. This photo is before I cut the lace, I was just eyeballing it.
I got me some good fabric glue, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive... that does survive multiple washings. (my hubby took tons of photos while I was doing this, but now I can't find them!)
I got me some lace. It's new, cheap, starchy, stiff... this project would have looked tons tons tons better had I used my perfect vintage soft lace, but I am a hoarder of good supplies, I just can't bear to cut it up. I even tried tea staining this stuff but it's all acrylic and junk so the stain didn't take.
First, I glued the lace around the neckline. Then I just kind of eyeballed everything else. The lace "bib" was way too big, so I just trimmed it when I was done for a better shape, if you leave the last inch or so of each lace piece unglued down, this will work much better! (Oh, be sure to put a board or book or something inside the shirt to protect the last layer. After you are satisfied with the shape, tuck the lace edges under just a tad. and glue down. Let sit for 24 hours before washing, but really, I waited maybe 20 minutes before I tried the shirt on.
Wallah! A vintage brooch or bow would look neat at the apex of the v if you really want to go for a Victorian look. Really though, this is a simple and easy version of a bib, jabot, collar, cravat, ascot... whate'er you wish to call it.
Linked here, visit them for lots of great ideas: The Train to Crazy's Make it Wear it Link Party, Kimba's A Soft Place to Land.