Some time ago, I spied the Daisy Lace tee at J. Crew.
I liked the idea of it so much that I went to the store and tried it on and realized that I am not the type of person to shop at J. Crew as the thought of paying $68 for a tee shirt (even one with high quality cotton lace) is cruhaaazy. Plus the fit was terrible. $68 for a bad fit? No thank you.
Rose Lace Tee
I couldn’t find a cotton lace with a daisy motif, but I was able to get my hands on a nice rose lace. I overlayed it on top of my TNT t-shirt (cut in a white bamboo knit I bought in Chicago that I only realized that I overpaid for–the cutter told me she would only pay $5/yd instead of the $15/yd it was marked…I probably could have bargained with her, but I didn’t realize it in the moment because I’m dense like that) with my Ottobre scoop neck variant. I marked the motifs I wanted to zigzag around with a Crayola fine tip marker because they’re 100% washable. So washable, I just barely rinsed out the marks in my sink!
I allowed a little extra 1/4″ in the side seams since the lace has no stretch. I basted it into place and stitched it down with a narrow zigzag, trimming the excess away. I also lined this top with a nice lightweight mesh netting as the white was just a hair transparent (aren’t all white knits sheer?) and prone to wrinkling.
This was on the more expensive end of tops that I’ve made because my materials were more pricey than what I usually use, but I still came in far under the inspiration price and my shirt is made better than the J. Crew one was too. I’m loving this as a spring basic. The lace is ultra girly and the white goes with everything! Yay for classy t-shirts!
Elizabeth Farr is the writer behind the Elizabeth Made This blog where she shares helpful sewing tips, step by step sewing tutorials and videos to help you explore your creativity through sewing. She has written sewing Eguides and patterns, been a featured teacher at Rebecca Page’s Sewing Summit and Jennifer Maker’s Holiday Maker Fest and her work has appeared in Seamwork and Altered Couture magazines. She also created a line of refashioned garments for SEWN Denver. When her sewing machine isn’t humming, she’s playing and teaching violin, and hanging around a good strategic board game with her husband and 4 kids.