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A more simple way to add lacing to a shirt - no cutting or grommets required!
For this project I used an old jersey tank that was a rather terrible fit, but the same method could easily be applied to any shirt :]

This is my first tutorial anywhere, ever, I hope it's helpful to some!

Posted by Emily T. from Farnham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Emily T.'s 25 projects »
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  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 1
    Step 1

    This method works better on a shirt that's just a little too big, but if your garment is WAY too large for your liking, make any adjustments before you begin.
    Put your shirt on and mark on each side seam where you want the lacing to finish with a pin.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay the shirt out with the side seams flat and fold a 'lip' in the fabric to the side of the seam, starting at the top (arm hole) of the shirt. Fold the lip flat and pin in place. Not much fabric needs to be folded under, otherwise you'll finish with a too-tight shirt.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 3
    Step 3

    Continue folding and pinning the lip of fabric all the way to the bottom hem then repeat on the other side of the seam, keeping an equal distance between the two folded lips. As I moved down to the bottom hem, I added more distance between the two but it can be however you like :]

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat steps 2 & 3 on the other side of your shirt then fold it out to make sure that the folds on each side are even.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 5
    Step 5

    Stitch down the folds on the outside of the shirt, staying as close to the edge of the fold as possible. (you can see from the picture how good I am at sewing straight lines, don't do what I did!!)

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 6
    Step 6

    When all the folds are sewn, lay out the shirt again with the side seams flat and mark where you want the points for your lacing to pass through. Mine were 2.5cm (1") apart, I find that any larger than this and the lacing makes the fabric bunch but the spacing is up to you.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 7
    Step 7

    Get your lacing material (ribbon, cord, anything that will fit through your needle) and make a stitch at the top of the shirt, through the littler lip of fabric made when the folds were sewn in step 5. I used approcimately 50cm of cord for each side of my shirt, but the amount will vary on how far your lacing goes. Pull half of the lacing through the stitch, leaving the other half free on the other side.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 8
    Step 8

    Stitch the lacing through the lip in a criss-cross fashion to every second dot made in step 6.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 9
    Step 9

    Thread the other end of the lacing through the needle and repeat step 7, completing the criss-cross lacing.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 10
    Step 10

    Repeat steps 6-9 on the other side then tie up the laces however you like.

  • How to make a lace-up top. Easi(Er) Laced Up Top - Step 11
    Step 11

    Enjoy your finished laced-up top :]

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Ravens Trove
Ravens Trove · Wenatchee, Washington, US · 35 projects
Love! Much better than cutting it and lacing it up!
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kathleenserene
kathleenserene · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 40 projects
I like this! All the other lace-up tutorials have you ending up with a shirt that shows a whole ton of skin (and usually at least a portion of your bra!) I'm thinking about doing this up the front of a shirt, and when it's done, I'll still be able to wear it to the office!
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Dayana M.
Dayana M. · 5 projects
very cute *-*
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