Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY Lace Sleeves

Okay, so, when I make things they are absolutely not even a little bit close to being perfect.

But then, because I made them, they sort of are. 

{and i made up how to do it all by myself.}

{aw, i'm growing up.}

I saw a girl in church the other day with this super-cute pink shirt with lace cutout sleeves, and I thought to myself, "I bet I could do that." And the best part? I did. 

Okay, so you're going to need:

1. A shirt
2. Some lace
3. Fabric scissors / seam ripper
4. a sewing machine {unless you want this to be REALLY hard}

Originally, I had a long sleeve shirt, so I measured the sleeves against another shirt with sleeves that I liked the length of.

Make sure you leave room for seam allowance.

Then, rip out the shoulder seams where you want to put your lace in. 

Once you've got your seam ripped out, cut out the sleeve where the lace will go. I ripped out the seam and cut the sleeve approximately 3 1/4 inches across.

Cut your lace to the width and length of the space you cut out of your sleeves, leaving room for seam allowance.

Sew the lace in!
{note: i actually layered my lace, putting in 3 layers rather than just one}

Cut off the excess, and hem!


{is that a word? it should be.}


  1. AH! Soooooo cute! You did an amazing job! This makes me wish I could sew!

  2. Yeah, I wish I was this talented!! Soo cute!

  3. Super cute! Jealous... wish I was so talented (or even knew how to sew ;) ).
    Love it all Shae!!

  4. I love it, what a clever idea! x

  5. Did you use stretchy lace? I always wonder when I see this alteration what kind of lace is used.


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