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Topic: non-stretchy lace t-shirt?  (Read 978 times)
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« on: November 20, 2012 11:57:32 AM »

I've bought a piece of beautiful black lace on discount and would like to make a simple t-shirt out of it (for wearing over tanks etc.)
The lace has only a very small amount of stretch, so I'm afraid that if i use a regular knit shirt pattern I won't be able to put it on (without breaking it). Do you think it would work if I used a bigger size? Huh
I've found this t-shirt pattern for woven fabrics, but I don't like it's square-y fit. I'd like it to be as fitted as possible.
I thought about putting a keyhole opening in the back with a little button closure (like here). Do you think this would help?
Do you have any tips or ideas on how to make this work? Or maybe another woven t-shirt pattern with a nicer fit?

« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2012 03:23:16 PM »

The thing is, the smallest part of the garment must be big enough, or stretch enough, or open up enough to fit on over the head and shoulders.

So you're on the right track with a back placket button opening, to allow your head to go through a smaller neck opening.

A pattern with bust darts will have more shape. But, it's back to that problem of getting the thing on and off. In a stretch fabric there's no problem, the fabric will stretch. In a woven, the narrowest part of the waist must be big enough to squeeze over the head and shoulders.

If that look is still too boxy, the quick and easy fix is to add ties at the side seams, and tie them in back. This will pull the  waist section narrower producing a more fitted look.

A trickier approach is to add an opening at the waist area. For example, a zipper hidden in the side seam. Or make a vertical slit off center in front, and add a decorative button closure from the hem up as high as needed. Or go really crazy, and place a zipper on the diagonal across the front.

For a side seam zipper put the bottom of the zipper at the hem of the shirt. If the hem of the shirt is big enough to fit on and off, you won't need a separating zipper. Use an industrial or upholstery or parka zipper if the zipper will be a featured design element. If you want the zipper to disappear into the side seam, look for an invisible zipper
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012 02:44:57 AM »

I always try to avoid zippers if i can, because.. well.. I'm lazy  Roll Eyes
But to tie it back from the side seams is a great idea! That might look really cute!
Thank you!
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