Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY: Denim Vest with Lace Sleeves

I have loved the idea of the denim vest; however, I'm not too amped about showing my arms. What mostly concerns me is that if you're not stick thin, that meet and greet area around the underarm is not the best to look at. That's why I decided to add the lace 'sleeve' to camo that area.

Here's what you'll need:

  • An old denim shirt... or a new one I guess. This one I got in the clearance section of Urban Outfitters for $9.99, I liked it because it was more tailored. 
  • Scissors
  • Lace trim (at least 4" wide); I found mine on ebay at $2 for 3 yards
  • Thread that matches the color of the lace
  • A needle
  • Pins to pin the lace to the shirt
Step 1:
Cut the sleeves off!

Do it just outside of the seam. Keep the sleeves for scraps to use in other projects.

Step 2:
Pin the Lace
Fold it every now and then to add flounce to the sleeve. Check out by my thumb
for an example. Leave at least the width of the trim plus 1" amount of space unpinned in the front and back. In my case, I left 5" in the front and 5" in the back. Then cut off the trim that isn't pinned to the shirt. 

Step 3:
Loop stitch the lace to the shirt

Just go in the same direction along the pinned fabric. Remove the pins as you pass them.

Step 4:
Bring the cut edge of the lace to the cut seam of the shirt and sew for both the front and back

Step 5:
Repeat for other sleeve... unless you like the one sleeve look. :/

Here's some candid shots of me wearing it at my nephew's birthday party. My nimble hands grabbed the camera...

P.S. I got those blossom ceramic earrings from ebay for 1 CENT PLUS FREE SHIPPING!
Oooooh Ebay!

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