I have a bunch of basic spaghetti straps tank tops in a variety of colors – they are my go-to outfit when I am out of creative ideas for what to wear. Every time I look at them I promise myself not to buy any more plain clothes – having some is certainly useful, but if you have too many you frequently feel like you have nothing to wear and all your outfits look the same. It was during one of these “I-have-nothing-to-wear” moments that I decided to spice one of them up a bit. And what better way to do that than adding some lace to the neckline and the straps. This was an easy and quick DIY tank top fix, turning a basic top into a sexy one. Here are the simple steps you can follow to transform your plain tops.
First, use a measuring tape or a ruler and a marker to draw a V-shaped neckline. You can use the beginning of the straps as starting points. To determine the tip of the V-neck, fold the top and see where the middle of the neckline is.
I used some of my underwear for the lace. Any piece of lace (or fabric for that matter) will work. Cut the lace in the same triangular shape. An easy way to do that is to put the lace over the tank top, place the measuring tape or ruler over the lace, and align it with the neckline cut. Then, fold the lace over the measuring tape and cut. Once you have the ready lace patch, align it with the tank top’s neckline.
Sew the lace on the tank top. I used a sewing machine because it is faster and the stitches are stronger. If you do not have a sewing machine you can always hand stitch the lace on the tank top. If you have a sewing machine but don’t know how to use it, check out this short tutorial.
The color of the thread can either match the tank top (recommended if you are hand-sewing or if you are not sure your stitches will be straight) or a colorful thread to make the design more interesting.
I also decided to wrap some of the lace around the spaghetti straps of the top. If you want to try this, start by sewing the lace at the beginning of the strap and then wrap it around the strap. Sew the remaining end of the lace patch to the strap to finish it.