Monday, December 12, 2011

Update an Old Dress with Lace-DIY Tutorial

     Today's tutorial was inspired by the Dec/Jan issue of People Style Watch.  There were some really cute basics with pretty lace details.  I thought this would be an easy, do-able way to update a simple go-to dress I've had for several years.  Here are the two items this project was inspired by found on page 110 in the magazine, in case you have it :)


Lace by kaquino21 on 


These are great versatile basics just updated and made sexy, and girly with simple lace.  They also carry a hefty price tag. You can find these at .  
     When I saw these, there were quite a few pieces in my closet I wanted to duplicate this look with, but I settled on my basic teal blue Forever 21 dress that I've had for several years.  I love to throw this on in the winter with tights or leggings and boots.  I love it so much I have it in red as well.  It was inexpensive and after having it so long, I thought a little lace would be the perfect way to make it fresh again. Here it is:  

     Originally, I wanted to sew this on.  Unfortunately, there was some sort of electrical issue with my sewing machine and it wouldn't run.  So, here is my No sew version of adding lace to update an old basic.
my tutorial


  • Fabri-tac glue (or another adhesive for fabric)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • an old dress, tee, or article of clothing 
  • lace ( I used inexpensive black trim lace, see below)

  Step one:

     First thing you want to do is to pin your lace onto your dress from the arm seam all the way around the collar, to the other arm seam.  You may want to run an iron over the lace before you pin it to keep the lace from curling.  Play with it, and place it however you like along neck and collar area.  

When you get to the front , make sure to measure both sides from your shoulder seam to where your lace meets the arm seam to make sure it hits evenly on both sides.

Step two:
     Start to glue down your lace.  Start from one end at the arm seam, and glue all the way around to the other removing the pins as you go, and pressing it down so that it adheres.  I just glued mine right on the collar seam.  Use a light hand with the glue because you don't want it seeping through the lace leaving visible white glue spots.  

When you get to the end, carefully trim it, and glue into place.

Step three:
     Let the glue dry and you are finished!! You can add a little glue to the lace to hold it down in certain spots where it may curl up.  This is optional and also depends on the type of lace you use.  Running an iron over it may help to keep the lace from curling as well.  Here is the final product:

     Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and send me any questions you may have. Thanks! Here it is in action:


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