Easy & Pretty DIY Lace Sleeve Tank Top

Years ago I used to make little lingerie/pajama sets of tanks and underwear with ruffles – you can see some of them here, along with a DIY for the ruffle boy shorts & bikinis… but I always used ribbed wife-beater style tank tops rather than spaghetti strap tanks. I’ve had this pretty vintage lace trim I found at a thrift shop lying around for ages. I pulled the $3 tag off just the other day as I was prepping for this DIY. I thought it would really be pretty with this blush tank and I love the turnout. This is a very simple DIY.

What You’ll Need…


* Cotton spaghetti strap tank top
* Lace trim about 6inches wide
* Needle/Thread/Pins/Scissors

Steps…


* Beginning about an inch or two from the end of your lace trim, pin the front of the lace down and along the strap of your tank. It’s better not to cut anything prior.


* Hand stitch or machine sew your lace to your strap.


* Cut the excess lace trim.


* Overlap one edge of lace over the other then hand stitch your ends together creating a circle {not flat as shown above}

* The lace sleeves will stick straight out when lying flat. You may choose to pinch the underarms together and add a few stitches or create a dart of sorts, but when you wear the top, your arms will do this naturally.

Voila!

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

51 Comments

  • Charlotte

    May 22, 2012 |

    Wow, how simple yet it transforms the entire look! Love it!

    • Amy Bok

      August 25, 2014 |

      Just a quick question- is it possible to do this with a ribbed, thick strap tank top? Thanks for the awesome DIY!!

    • Amy Bok

      August 25, 2014 |

      H Meagan! I Just have a quick question- is it possible to do this with a ribbed, thick strap tank top? Thanks for the awesome DIY!!

      • Maegan Tintari

        August 25, 2014 |

        YES! However, the lace will be much higher on the arm. It’s still cute, I have a ton I used to do like this, it’s just a different look. Maybe I’ll do a new DIY with one like this.

  • Natali

    May 22, 2012 |

    Wow! This is just fantastic and it looks so beautiful!!!
    Love it!!!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • Debora Bondì

    May 22, 2012 |

    lovely!

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  • opportunityknits

    May 22, 2012 |

    Love Love Love this DIY. The blush strappy top looks so romantic now with the added lace sleeve.

  • Laura

    May 22, 2012 |

    Very nice!

  • el_martina

    May 22, 2012 |

    you know that you are the best DIY maker on the world!!!

  • Eloquent English

    May 22, 2012 |

    Oh my gosh I love it! Pinned to by DIY board! YAH! xoxo

  • Perlilandia

    May 22, 2012 |

    it’s beautiful……perfect fot a walking night in Rome…….

  • Kier Mellour

    May 22, 2012 |

    That’s so Cute!!!

    With Love From Hollywood, Kier

    Fashion Addict
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  • Schnelle

    May 22, 2012 |

    Genius! It came out beautiful. The lace instantly transforms it into a feminine, girly top.

  • atouchoflovely

    May 22, 2012 |

    oh i absolutely have to try this!

  • Keri

    May 22, 2012 |

    Where did you find trim like that? I’ve been looking FOREVER for something like that and can’t find anything that wide.

  • thankfifi

    May 22, 2012 |

    this is so simple but so beautiful – love that last shot of you, so romantic.
    I wish I had more patience for projects like this myself.x

    ThankFifi

  • Alex

    May 22, 2012 |

    Simple and stunning! I think I might have to take a stab at this one 🙂

  • secretivestyle.com

    May 22, 2012 |

    I love this!!

  • Anonymous

    May 22, 2012 |

    “Perfect!!” (as Judge Judy often says)

  • antique engagement rings

    May 22, 2012 |

    Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Love it!

  • Erica

    May 22, 2012 |

    Simplistic but gorgeous!

    http://theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

  • Marina

    May 22, 2012 |

    You look awesome! The tank is so cool!

    xx
    biskvittka.blogspot.com

  • clarity enhanced diamonds

    May 22, 2012 |

    Love the lace work… amazing!

  • Jennifer

    May 22, 2012 |

    I swear, you are the queen of DIY 😉

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • Kat

    May 22, 2012 |

    Love this! Like, really! I think I might try this!
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

  • Cathy

    May 22, 2012 |

    I just started following your blog and I have to say that you have amazing DIY ideas! This is gorgeous…thank you for sharing!

    @Cathy_Showan
    http://cstyledesign.blogspot.com

  • Megan (FriedOkra)

    May 23, 2012 |

    Wow. So simple, but it’s really beautiful. And these pictures are among some of my favorites of yours. Love this post so much!

  • hannah

    May 23, 2012 |

    Wow, this really goes to show that a simple detail can completely transform and item. Beautiful!

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  • Angie Briggs

    May 23, 2012 |

    Absolutely love this!! I have quite a few plain tank tops just waiting for a refashion. Thanks!

  • Lauren

    May 23, 2012 |

    Oh wow this is an awesome DIY! I love the lace! It looks so chic and feminine! Great post!

    Lauren

  • Irene

    May 23, 2012 |
  • Joyce

    May 23, 2012 |

    How cute!
    Great idea.

    Love, Joyce

  • Josie Fdz

    May 24, 2012 |

    So cute and creative. It almost looks like it could be a lace shrug.

  • donikabajrami

    May 25, 2012 |

    Awesome

  • tank top dress

    May 25, 2012 |

    Wow! This is just fantastic and it looks so beautiful!!!
    Love it!!!

  • flower gal

    May 26, 2012 |

    must try this, its beautiful!! and so feminine

  • Erika

    May 26, 2012 |

    wow, this turned out fabulous, I love it!

    http://www.jasminblancboutique.blogspot.co.uk

  • famousamous

    May 27, 2012 |

    So cute… I must try this!

  • Behind the Lashes

    June 4, 2012 |

    I would have thought you bought that shirt like that. Super cute!

  • Lari

    July 13, 2012 |

    Oh wow, looks so beautiful!
    And not too hard to make apparently..

    Lari
    Cent4urThoughts.blogspot.com

  • Melanie

    December 18, 2012 |

    Very nice 🙂

    Love xx
    Melanie ~ http://www.mlncrd.com

  • Barbara

    May 10, 2013 |

    Wow, beautiful! The lace adds so much to the simple top, and really like the colour combination 😉
    I reconstructed an old turtleneck into a top with lace panels and a peter pan collar, please have a look at: http://whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/diy-from-turtleneck-to-lace-panels-top.html

  • Barbara

    May 10, 2013 |

    Wow, beautiful! The lace adds so much to the simple top, and really like the colour combination 😉
    I reconstructed an old turtleneck into a top with lace panels and a peter pan collar, please have a look at: http://whatscraftdoc.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/diy-from-turtleneck-to-lace-panels-top.html

  • kate lewis

    May 15, 2013 |

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  • marlena

    June 22, 2013 |

    small thing, but the shirt looks great 🙂

  • kate lewis

    July 12, 2013 |

    It is really a great element to buy women’s tank tops and i just love the color of this tank tops and the net sleeves in the top really impresses me a lot.It’s appreciative.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/womens-tanks-and-camis.htm

  • Chrystalla

    August 3, 2013 |

    Soooo trying this one!!! Have been a fan for quite sometime now and I always seem to find something to amaze me! Being a paper crafter-DIY fanatic myself, I can only say WOW!!!!! Keep the great ideas flowing!!!

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  • sourabh thakur

    October 2, 2017 |

    i love it!!!