DIY refashion

Refashion DIY // Open Back Lace Up Top

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Okay, who remembers the early 2000’s? Let’s just start there 🙂

If you were at least say, 15 years old at the time, you might remember these tops, which were merely a piece of fabric in the front and laced up the back. They’re borderline apron tops really… I had a few that were fitted in the front and a metallic one that draped and barely covered anything. They were fun… and I feel them a’comin’ back.

While flipping through September Vogue last week, I noticed this sort of shield version by Vera Wang {see below} and knew I had a top that would be perfect to cut up and create something similar with. It came as part of a three piece suit situation with this vintage beaded lapel blazer, but was too big and I never wore it anyway, so to make something new from it was a no-brainer.

It’s got a bit of structure, and that definitely made it easier to work with, but any similar tank will work. So look through your closet and get to refashioning.


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Vera Wang Fall 2016

Here’s What You’ll Need…

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* Spaghetti strap tank top with more weight than cotton… you can obviously make this from scratch if you’ve got the skills.
* Ribbon, rope, or leather lacing {I was going to use leather but I ended up wanting a thicker strap look, so I used satin ribbon. Grosgrain would work a bit better though.}
* Matching thread / needle / scissors

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My tank is lined with a zipper up the back and I can’t tell if it’s got boning in the front, but the beadwork definitely makes it sturdier.



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Carefully cut the straps off as close to the seam as possible and set them aside… you will use them later.

Cut your tank about 1/4″ past the side seam.

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Fold it in twice and pin it in place…

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It will look something like this.

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Carefully hand stitch your new side “hem” making sure it doesn’t pucker in the front… I have a few puckers in mine, sometimes it just can’t be helped, but black disguises it well.

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Grab your straps and cut 4-6 strips about 1-1/2-2″ long each.

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Create a “loop” with them and stitch them to the very top/side of your new hem {on the back side, obviously}

Fold your top in half to make sure they line up while you’re stitching them on. If your fabric frays, use a fray adhesive or cut them longer and fold them under while stitching them in place.

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I originally stitched three loops on each side, but when I tried it on, it looked better just using the top two, so I removed the bottom one.

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Grab your lacing of choice, cut two pieces between 40-50″ long {you can always cut away, but you can’t add} and…

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Stitch one of each of the ends to the spot where the original straps were… If using ribbon, begin as shown, then fold your ribbon over and stitch in place to finish it off making sure you don’t stitch through the front of your tank.

Don’t forget to singe the edges if you’re using ribbon so it won’t fray.

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Run your laces through your loops and that’s it!

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And… Voila!

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DIY Lace Up Back Top with bow
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I folded the side/bottom edges under here for more of the Vera Wang shield look… I can’t decide how I like it better… but if you prefer this look, carefully fold in your edges while you’re wearing it so you like the way it looks, and stitch in place. You can also trim away the fabric if it’s too thick

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Have Fun!

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Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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