Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tank with crochet or lace back

Today I'll show you how to make a tank with lace back. You can use store bought lace, buy a big crochet doily or centerpiece or crochet it yourself.

To start, you'll need a tank of your size. I chosen a fuchsia one, because I had a piece of old tablecloth, hand dyed in fuchsia.

Then you need the right color trim, 2.5-3 cm wide (you can use tighter if you are using lace insted of crochet piece) about 3-4 feet. I boughtcotton trim, but you can buy and satin one, if you prefer.

You will need - thread, scissors, pins, needle, an iron and a sewing machine. Well, a little skill to sew.

Lay the tank on a work surface and place the lace on the top.
Then cut the lace on form the tank.
Cut off the back of the tank, leaving space 2-3 cm/ 0.8-1.2" from the seams.

Fold the trim in half, iron it - so you can more easily handle the edge with it.

Pin the trim around on armholes and neck, gently stretching the trim.
Baste it.
Sew on a machine, retreating from the edge of 1-1.5 mm/0,04-0,06", stretching the trim.

Remove the basting and iron armholes and neck, giving them a slightly rounded shape.

If necessary, fold the bottom of the lace twice and sew on the machine. I used a piece of crocheted tablecloths, so I have the bottom edge of the tablecloth and I did not have to sew it.

Then put the front of the tank and the lacy back together with the face inside, and pin the side seams and shoulders. Baste them and sew on the machine.
- On the front side, bending the seam towards the back, sew a zig-zag stitch with a maximum margin and the length of about 2 mm/0.01". 
- or: handle the seam inside with zig-zag, then reverse the tank and on the front side, bending the seam towards the back, make a normal seam.
Check the inside and cut off the excess seam allowance, which is not hit by a zig-zag.
Iron the tank.
Your wonderful tank with crochet back is ready!!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Denim shorts decorated with lace ribbon

I love the shorts, they are much more convenient for me than short skirts and look great. This year I bought a new pair of denim shorts, so I decided it was time to upgrade the old ones.

You will need:
- lace ribbon (best buy cotton one, not synthetic, since denim shorts are made from cotton...)
- denim shorts
- scissors
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- pins

Measure the width of the pant leg and cut the lace ribbon little longer.
Lace ribbon that I liked, was wide, so I had to cut it into two parts. The second half of the ribbon I I’ll use to upgrade the jeans.

Ends of the lace will be between the legs so that it will not be seen. Pin the ribbon and then baste it. 

Given that I cut the ribbon along the length I sewed first the top of the ribbon with zig-zag seam to prevent unraveling, then with usual seam I sewed closer to the fringe.

Updated denim shorts with lace decor are ready! All I needed – are a few minutes, and brand new summer item already in my wardrobe!

Jeans are next)

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