The first project I took on was a simple one. I had this pretty black top that I like, but it's always been just a tad on the short side, so I never wore it. Last fall I showed you how to lengthen a knit shirt by adding a band in the middle, but that technique wouldn't work here. It wouldn't look right with the shirt, and this shirt is not made of knit fabric, so I knew I would need a different approach.
Finally, it occurred to me that some black lace would go well with the top and give it the extra length I desired.
I bought a yard and a half of black lace trim that's about 3 1/2" wide. It was so simple to add to the shirt!
I started by pinning the lace to the bottom of the shirt; the right side of the lace was against the wrong side of the hem. I lined up the end of the lace with the side seam of the shirt.
Next, I just top-stitched the lace in place, sewing on top of the shirt's original hem.
When I got back around to where I started, I simply folded the edge of the lace under a little bit and stitched it down. You can see in the picture below it looks like a little seam.
That was it! My new shirt was ready to wear.
Excuse the fact that I obviously had my cell phone in my pocket when this picture was taken, lol!
I am happy with the way this turned out, though. It looks pretty and fits with the original design of the shirt, but those extra few inches of lace help me feel more comfortable and less like I need to tug down on the shirt constantly.
Stay tuned for upcoming projects on giving your wardrobe a makeover!
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