Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DIY Wednesday Lacey Bolero


After working in a frenzy over the launch of our spring styles {thank you to everyone who made it such an enormous success!!} I finally had time to photograph a Joyfolie DIY original that my daughter Mia and I created together.  A long time ago I made this blog post with an almond lace bolero by Top Shop.  I have always loved that concept, and with Mia as my helper, we created a lacey little bolero/caplet with a similar feel.  You do not need hardly any sewing experience--I promise!  But what you do need is a sewing machine and basic knowledge of how to use it.   

For materials, you will need:
t-shirt in your child's size {or close to it}
3 yards of 3" wide lace
matching thread
matching ribbon, 34" long {not shown}
sewing machine
fabric scissors

I used cream lace because it's a classic choice, but I think an unusual color would be especially striking.  For example, I saw a mustard lace that was a really great color and would make a vibrant piece, especially for photos.

So, step one, fold your t-shirt in half and trim to a cropped shape, as shown:
Next, trim the sides, so they are a cropped shape.  Honestly, I think I might have trimmed in a little too much in my example.  Keep in mind, the lace has a raw edge, so you could always trim in more when you are finished.

Next, take your lace trim, starting at the collar and pin it all the way around and trim it.
Repeat this process with a second and third layer of lace, pinning front the front and all the way across to the other side:
This is how the three layers look in the back when they are pinned:
One they are pinned, sew them into place in a straight or a zigzag stitch on your machine.  {I preferred the extra detail of the zigzag.}  After the sewing of the first three layers is finished, add another one to two layers of lace in the back only, depending on how short you trimmed the jacket.  Sew into place:
Finally {sorry, I forgot to photograph this step} take your 34" piece of ribbon, center it in the middle of the back, then sew it into place across the collar using a zigzag stitch again, leaving excess on either side, so you can tie the jacket on.

The completed little lace "jacket" looks like this:

See!  I told you--easy right!  To give you the full effect, Mia and I went outside for a quickie photo shoot.  She wore this lace jacket, antique gold dress, and our Maci boots.  We added a bit of trimming and a touch of glitter {thank you, Kelly!} and my little girl hammed it up for the camera like the pro that she is:



the back:
the boots we paired with it {available here}:

Hope you enjoy!  Don't forget, if you try a DIY, post a picture to our FB page!


tamlov said...

...I will do it...fantastic as usual <3

Hannah @HannahHandmade said...

Love. Come stop by the blog! :)

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

this is gorgeous - I love it, as always. Simply lovely

Jessica Haley said...

Thanks, Ladies! I think, when making this, I would maybe not cut in the front so much. I was trying to think why I did that, and the only reason I did was b/c I was using a shirt that had our logo on it... and was cutting around it. Otherwise, I think maybe cutting straight down like in the Topshop example might be better. Hope that helps! :)

Michelle {Daydream Believers} said...

So gorgeous! :) Great job!

Simone Howell said...

Love this Jessica!! So cute! Think I might need to give this a whirl!

Jenni said...

she is beautiful, along with your creation!

Dear Lillie said...

Love it Jessica! And Mia is gorgeous!

Jessica said...

Hi, Simone! nice to see your name! <3

Jennifer {of Dear Lillie} we need to set something up! If I could just get a hold of my life ;)

Erin @ Wynnbaby said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Girls Hair acessories said...

What a great idea!!! Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!!

Coffee and Cashmere said...

I love this so much. I am going to for sure do this next time I get some lace. This is so pretty. Thank you for the beautiful idea.

PopCosmo said...

Your photography is absolutely gorgeous!!! What an amazing blog!

Angie Monson said...

I am in love with all of this:) Nice work Jessica!

Addy said...

gorgeous bolero and boots AND gorgeous model;)

خياطة وتفصيل said...

How wonderful this Sagrb so thank you

خياطة وتفصيل said...

thank you so muh ;)

Anonymous said...

Idea e bambina S T U P E N D E ^^ CIAO.

Олеся Ершова -Москвина said...

Good day! Wonderful work you do! Tell me, and do you have shipping to Russia? I liked the very boots and shoes tolko.I whether a girl of 2 years.
Thank you.

stellaanddotjewels said...

SO BEAUTIFUL! I'm trying to understand how you pinned the lace in layers. Are they all pinned at the top or staggered onto eachother? Are they different widths to achieve te layered/staggered look? Thx and beautiful work!


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