Lace Applique Top

November has been a bit of a whirlwind. My grandmother passed away on the 1st. Her funeral was on the 5th. On the 6th, Muffin and I ventured to Florida for our annual Anniversary trip. Not only did we have the most wonderful time vacationing at the spot we were married, I also got to wear some new refashions 🙂

I picked up this 80’s-tastic purple dress shortly before our trip.



It’s stretchy; It’s comfy; It fits… what’s wrong with it (besides that awkward length)??


So, call me crazy, but I actually like this… whatever it is. I decided to work around it.

Mark and cut at an angle.

I could’ve left it as-is, but I really wanted that Floral embellishment to be a focal point.

I decided to look through my scraps. Wouldn’t cha know, I found some lace 🙂


Why yes, yes that is a pair of undies (tag still in tact). I’m sure this was a freebie with a purchase… One problem, which should’ve been obvious…

Not enough material...
Not enough material…

That’s okay… I have more lace where that came from 😉

Black. What else?
Black. What else?

The lace is see-through so I was able to follow the existing purple satin stitching and applique the black to the garment.

Just a straight this for this type of applique.
Just a straight stitch for this type of applique. (NEVER sew over your pins!) 🙂

I trimmed the excess fabric from the stitching and then I got kind of carried away, maybe. I decided to use the extra lace scraps as a bias tape around the neckline. I thought it would tie the lace together better, ya know? I thought it would look too random to just have this huge black lace flower on my shirt…

Unlike my pal Marisa over at The Refash Stash, I struggle with bias tape. I really suck at using it… and to do it with lace. What was I thinking?! I didn’t even take any during pics of that just in case I failed miserably at it.

Perfect! …no one is more shocked than I am.

And I think it does tie nicely with the appliqued flourish.


How about that gorgeous Florida view, eh?



I’m rather fond of it.

It’s just a T-shirt, really. But an oh-so-comfy and more sophisticated T.

It was perfect for an 85 degree day of vacation!



More Florida Refashions to come

9 thoughts on “Lace Applique Top

  1. The dress looks somehow awkward. I’m an 80s fan but come on. I like it so much better as its creative reincarnation of a t-shirt.

  2. I would never have thought of doing that with the black lace – and I feel your pain re. the bias, but you can’t tell, it looks amazing! Another fab job!!

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