How to Make a Lace-Up Tank Top

DIY lace up top and headband with beads.

Adding corset lacing to a top or a dress is one of the easiest ways to spice up an outfit. The materials you will need to make a lace-up tank top are:

  • A basic top
  • Lace
  • Thread matching the color of the top
  • A needle
  • Scissors

I used a black tank top and thin elastic emerald lace as a starting point. From then on, it was just a matter of a little bit of time and imagination. No sewing machine or sewing experience necessary. If you don’t already have these things around, check out the links below – the materials are similar to the ones we used, although the tank top model will probably look better with a corset lacing on the front only:

You can follow these four easy steps:

  1. Fold the tank top in two and make cuts where the laces will be

I wanted to add laces in the middle of the neckline and in the back of the top. After I folded the top, I used pins to mark the position, beginning, and end of the lacing. Once I had the pins on the front and the back of the top, I made two cuts.

  1. Stitch along the two cuts

This step is optional but highly recommended so that your fabric doesn’t unravel. Now that you have the cuts, you can fold the fabric and stitch each side to prevent it from unraveling. I hand stitched the fabric for this project, but if you have a sewing machine and now how to use it, now is the time to take advantage of it. Just keep in mind that the thread should match the color of the top.

  1. Make symmetric holes on each side of the cuts

Use pins again to align the pieces of fabric and make symmetric holes along them. These holes will be used for the lacing.

  1. Pull the lace through the holes

Take the lace and weave it through the holes on the top. In the end, you can make a ribbon, a nod, or just let it loose. Since I am a big fan of both lace and ribbons, I vote for making a cute little ribbon to end the lacing. You can also start weaving the lace from the holes at the top and tie the lace in a ribbon at the bottom – this will look even better on the back side of the lace-up tank top.


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