3/27/12

DIY. Crochet Trim Seam


Supplies: Tshirt, crochet trim (a few yards)


I came up with this idea to make tight shirts wearable again. I had so many cool tshirts yet most of them were purchased when it was trendy to have them snug.


Measure the trim (you will do front to back).

Cut side seams and sleeves off if you use a tshirt (here I used a tank).


Sew front to back right sides together.


Lay out and pin where you want the armhole to go.


Top stitch new side seam leaving armhole open.

I did this with fringe trim as well here.

 



79 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea!! I will definitely have to give this a shot because like you many of my shirts are from when everything was fitted!

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  2. OMG! Perfect! You´re so talented :-) love it !

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  3. great diy idea! love your blog!!
    xxx
    http://aklreview.blogspot.com/

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  4. The result is simply awesome, it looks like a super expensive designer t-shirt. ¡Congratulations!!
    www.daretodiy.com

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  5. thats it!

    cool information nice blog:D

    I hope u will visit me too...feel free...

    denimtarian.blogspot.com
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  6. You amaze me! I will have to give this a go.

    XoXo,

    Nicole
    mylovewithfashion.blogspot.com

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  7. This is a great idea! Any ideas for shirts that are both too tight and too short? I have a super long torso and regular t-shirts look hilariously short on me.

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    1. Hi Samantha. Try and sew the trim along the bottom of the shirt too...

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    2. Buy the next size up.

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  8. Amazing idea! I'm definitely bookmarking this and trying it out <3

    Trendy Teal

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  9. For months I've been trying to recreate your work by hand with absolutely zero success, but I have given up. You've inspired me to get a sewing machine and actually put some effort into your designs. My question is, what kind of sewing machine would you suggest for a beginner?

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    1. Hi Hillary, sewing machine is a must...any basic one will do. Mine is from 10 years old..

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  10. I just recently discovered your blog and have now scrolled through the entire thing several times. I am very impressed and inspired by your skill and creativity, and your "style" is very much in line with mine. I hope you keep blogging and sharing your design ideas -- I hope to someday be as talented as you!

    Cheers,
    Clover

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    1. Thanks for this encouraging comment! I hope to continue to inspire...
      Cheers,
      Laura

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  11. This is an amazing idea, I just love how it came out.

    Zoe
    http://gypsiesister.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I love your hair!! Maybe a tutorial on that braid?

    ofagem.blogspot.com

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  13. I really like this! I may try it! -Brittany

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  14. Where did you get the Crochet Trim? I don't even know where to begin to think where to get it :/

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  15. I am obsessed with this. I will definitely be trying something similar very soon!

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  16. now how to do my hair like that.....

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  17. AGREED with your gorgeous braid. Can you share how you did it?

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    1. Hi,
      All I did was braid one side and flip it as a headband, I pinned it down with a bobby pins and then teased the top and bobby pinned some back. I have long thick hair, so it made it easier...I'm not good with hair at all, so I'm flattered with all the comments.

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    2. the braid looks fabulous on you, in fact lovely! I'm in 7th grade and i was super board so i made like 5 shirts from your blog, u should sell the stuff you make! you're amazing!

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  18. I'm SO HAPPY I found your blog. So many bright DIY ideas.

    http://matchalattewardrobe.blogspot.com

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  19. where did you get the fabric??

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  20. You are so inspiring! I just wanted you to know I linked back to you from my blog http://gypsylovn.blogspot.com/2012/06/diy-with-doilies.html, had to share the love! Keep up the amazing work!

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  21. I just finished doing this and it looks AMAZING! You basically saved my favorite vintage Beatles shirt from the donation bin and plenty of other shirts too!
    Your whole blog is creative and totally inspring! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  22. This is so cute. I am definitely trying it soon! I love turning old things into new:)

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  23. Just a question...you said you used a tank top. How would you go about doing this with a graphic tee that has sleeves?

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  24. Did you use a special sewing machine setting to sew the crochet, or did it work okay normally?
    Thanks! :)

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  25. thank you so much :)
    http://sewingbreakdown.blogspot.com/

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  26. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!
    your ideas are so amazing!!!

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  27. You have very nice DIY ideas and you are sooo super talented. I wish you all the best! You've got +1 reader for your blog now. :-)

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  28. What an excellent idea! I'm pinning this and adding it to the to-do list.

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  29. very nice thank you so much
    http://sewingbreakdown.blogspot.com/

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  30. Did you do both sides of the shirt or just one?

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  31. Beautiful! Where do you find the lace?

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  32. Please please please tell me where you got the crochet trim...I can't find it anywhere! Looks amazing by the way; very professional!

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  33. Amazing idea! I'll be doing this to all of the tees that I've out-grown! :)

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  34. fab tutorial, i had a go myself pics here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/crochetlace-seam-tshirt-diy.html

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  35. Just made myself one of these shirts and I love it. Thanks for the great idea. Check it out moniqueysboutiquey.blogspot.com

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  36. ...very clever....Ala

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  37. You looks pretty! love the color combination and the view is just nice :)

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  38. Great idea, I got a shirt for a 5k and they didn't say they were fitted, so it was way too small, did this to it and not only does it fit, but it looks better than it would have if it was the right size!

    Thanks!

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  39. A little bit late, but I LOVE this. Well done! x

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  40. This is probably one of the most unique and best looking tee customisations I've ever seen! Wow, love it.

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  41. This is such a cute idea, so trying it out this summer x
    http://esmeonthemooon.blogspot.co.uk/

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  42. Was the trim done on both sides or just one?

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  43. I bought a cute hanging top just yesterday from a bazaar for such a low price, and the style of the shirt is supposed to be loose but it's tight on me! I got upset because it was so beautiful and new, and I didn't want it to go to waste. There wasn't any size bigger of it too. So I started searching for DIY's on how to make tight clothes wearable instead, and I am so happy I came across this! I bet it will make my cropped top even more gorgeous! I might even consider the idea of sewing the crocheted trim on the bottom if I decide I want to make it longer. Thank you so much, you are amazing! :-)

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  44. I love this idea. A great way to recycle those old t-shirts. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. where would you get the lace from?

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  46. Um yes this is amazing! Thank you for this awesome DIY.
    xo
    Tiffy
    http://www.CuteLA.com

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  47. wow you are so great so nice cutting

    http://ccchinachic.com/products/fashion/womens-clothing/swimware-2013/c-125/

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  48. I really do not want to use lace as it shows the bra and skin. With tshirts do you have to use a stretch fabric or can you use calico cotton? Instead of cutting the sleeves off would it work to just cut the sleeve seam right on down the body's side seam and add a strip of cloth? I have lots of tshirts from vacations that are too small around, but fit great in length. Thanks for any help you can give! Love your blog!

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  49. Where can you buy crochet trim? Or do you have to make it?

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  50. Where can you buy crochet trim? Or do you have to make it?

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  51. I'm so doing this soon. Just gotta pull out my sewing machine.

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  52. Hi where did you find this crochet fabric? I would love to remake this but unsure where I can fid the supplies.

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  53. you are very creative if you sell stuff you would probably have an awesome business :)

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    1. totally i agree she should sell the clothes or start a company of her own

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  54. Awesome idea! I have tons of old lace type curtains and a couple of a more embroidered style. Wonder if the lace would work..? I don't otherwise know where to find embroidered lace. Any idwas?

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  55. so cute !
    it's cool idea ////

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  56. I love this!

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    Check out my blog www.goddess-in-training.blogspot.com

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  57. For anyone looking for crochet trim... I couldn't find any at my local fabric/craft stores and I was on a time crunch so I ordered crocheted placemats from Amazon and cut them in half to use as trim. It worked perfectly, was inexpensive, and shipping was fast and free!

    Thanks for such a great tutorial -- I love this idea!

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