DIY Denim + Lace Shirt

Denim lace button up 1This season we've been loving demin mixed with lace! We decided to give this trend a try with a cute DIY top! Here's how…

Denim lace button up DIY1. Supplies: Denim or chambray button up shirt, lace, scissors, sewing machine, sewing pins. 2. First, cut out the back of the shirt. You'll want to leave about 1/2 inch from the seam so that you can stitch the lace directly on the seam line. 3. Next, using the back of the shirt as a pattern, cut out a new back in lace. 4. Next, turn the shirt inside out, pin the lace where the original back was, and sew into place. Because you left a 1/2 inch of fabric, you'll be able to sew it to where the seams are in the inside. 5. Once you've sewn it in place, hem the bottom of the lace. 6. All done! The stitching shouldn't be showing and will line up with the original seam! *Tip: go slow and sew/pin each turn one at a time. This helps to keep the lines crisp! 

Denim lace button up 2Denim lace button up 3Do you think you'll try this project? It's a great project for beginner sewing skills! xo. elsie + emma

  • A very unique and insightful article. I will try this for my daughters.

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  • I like all the tips you have shared, these are helpful for every young girl.

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  • This is cute..! I’m truly inspired from your blog and there’s a lot of stuff that I am going to try out..! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas..!

  • Such a great DIY! Thanks for the inspiration! I altered one of my boyfriend’s old shirt following your tutorial and made a How To in German:

  • Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I used it to give one of my old white button ups a new twist. The instructions were clear and easy to follow (the pictures were a great help). My husband thought I had bought a new shirt. He said it looked great. Thanks again!!

  • really love this idea ı will try it soon 🙂 thanks for sharing

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  • Hello! Just wanted to tell you that I used this tutorial as inspiration to make over a t-shirt. I’m volunteering at a film festival and we’re required to wear the festival t-shirt…which is not really my style. But now the back is gone, and replaced with some pretty black lace. Much better! Thanks!

  • This is so cute! I must try this for the summer, so simple but so sweet!<3

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  • Thankyou for such awesome DIY! I will try it out someday 😀

  • Variation idea- take off the pockets and replace them with lace too!

  • oh my dear goodness that is genius!!! i LOVE lace and who doesnt like jean, or heck even just a cute button up shirt. I will most definitely be doing this!!! thanks!

  • Elsie & Emma: .. This is so clever, in fact, I will be featuring you on Thursday, May 31 on the blog. You can pick up your ‘I’m featured’ badge here:
    to prominently place on your blog, as you so deserve it! I am completely ‘in love’ with this project!

  • I made this!! I am smaller than a typical plus-size girl but bigger than most straight sizes (somewhere around a 14/16) and I’ve got, well, a pretty large chest and a smaller waist. With that said, I am in love with the lace trend but find I can never find a good fit! Holy cow I LOVE my new shirt! Thanks for the tutorial I am an absolutely awful machine-sewer and even I managed to do a good job! So happy right now! 🙂

  • I just picked up two denim shirts at a swap meet. They are a bit heavier than this looks but I’ll try them out! I like Sarah’s idea of a colorful coral lace.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this, but whenever i start something with out a tutorial i make it way more complicated than it needs to be and dont end up finishing it! Thank you so much for a basic and easy tutorial!!

  • I just tried this and I love the way it turned out! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  • wonderful idea!!
    Look what I’ve done with some vintage-lace


  • oooOOOooo!!! this is so lovely! I think I’m going to attempt it ^_^

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  • This is such a great look. Feminine and not too showy, for me atleast. I am trying this look with a sleeveless button up for an upcoming wedding that I am taking photos for. Thanks for this.

  • Waaaw!You’re a great inspiration for me Elsie.I’m just starting with my blog and I feel so fortunate to have found you. I’m from Spain and I don’t speak English very well but I’m learning the language while I’m reading you. Maybe you’ll like this DIY that I imagine. It’s so easy to do.

    Congratulations for you blog!!I’m recommending to everyone.

    Kisses from Spain.

  • I love love love this, but I can’t sew! and I don’t have a sewing machine 🙁

  • beautiful DIY
    and the outcome is so pretty

  • I can’t believe how simple that is!

    It looks great and I will definitely be trying it out. 🙂

    Ammy x

  • genius! trying it tonight xx

    love from canada,

    stacie + carly

  • wow amazing DIY!! definately going to try it out!

  • Hi ! I’m a french fan of a Beautiful Mess, and this shirt is awesome, like the daily ideas you share with us, thank you very much !!!

  • this is great for summer…like a convertible shirt to keep you cool!

  • Wow, I guess it’s slightly warmer where you are than here (England)!

    Looks good but it wouldn’t work very well under the three cardigans and over coat you need here.

  • Very creative and looks super easy!
    Happy weekend to all

  • wow i would never believe that that shirt is diy!!!!!! its really great.. :)i love your blog

  • Sooooooo cute! Love it!

    Stephanie May*

  • Very very nice! Love it. I can never get enough of lace, which is why I just made myself some lace shoelaces 🙂 probably not as beautiful and finished off as your project but not to worry :p
    This is definitely a good beginner sewing project, you have spawned some ideas in my mind now!! Thanks girls 🙂


  • I would cut out the pocket and replace it with lace 🙂 Cute idea

  • So glad you posted this! I’ve been thinking of doing this to a few of my shirts. This is exactly how I thought I would do it but I was scared I was wrong lol

  • GREAT idea! now all I need is to invest in a sewing machine, any advice on which one to buy?

  • I need to learn how to use my sewing machine, this is super cute.

  • lace and denim = Perfect combo!

  • Wow its nicely done, That jean like polo looks good for men too without that see through at the back of coarse.

  • I don’t usually comment, but this DIY is fabulous! Emma looks fantastic, and I think I might actually be able to make something like this (my sewing skills are not the greatest, to say the least).

    Thanks so much for the inspiration ladies! <3

  • Love it!!!! I had done this with a tee shirt and a lace table cloth!!! It was so easy!!! Great job

  • LOVE it!!! So beautiful!

  • Definitely my favorite DIY as of late! Trying this ASAP.

    Tiny Crush

  • Ok, this is really cool! I love how this turned out in the finished-product picture. Cute, cute, cute!

  • Emma you make such a great model 🙂
    Great DIY…but I’m not sure if I could pull this look off, myself!

  • That turned out brilliantly!

    xo Jennifer

  • What a great idea! You’re an inspiration for me. I love this shirt. I will try it for sure, but I’m not sure if I can do it 😀 I hope that it will be as beautifull as your!
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  • Great post & perfect for summer! 🙂

  • I love this tutorial!! I have such a thing for Lace right now. I’m currently experimenting with making some necklaces out of lace trim I had laying around, I’ll have to give this a try!!


  • you’re creativity is incredible!!!

  • love love love! i’m totally going to try this for a rainy day DIY – great stuff 🙂


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  • this is awesome. i’ve been on a chambray shirt kick lately and this would be a great way to jazz one (or two!) up. thanks for sharing!

  • I will definitely try this! It’s such a lovely idea. (:

  • Oh my god it’s the perfect DIY for me!
    I wanted to do EXACTLY such a thing but didn’t know how. And now…
    Thanks thanks thanks!!

  • Oh my, I love this SO much! Lace is really the way to go! I just laced up a pair of old shorts and now they feel brand new!!


  • What a nice DIY! I simple have to try this, thank you for the tip!!! And have a lovely day!

  • hands DOWN my favorite tutorial/DIY i’ve seen on here…or maybe ever. gorgeous!

  • OMG ! I Love it & I’ll try to do it, I hope it’ll work !
    Laulie, French reader

  • New favorite. I’m so making this! I’m just starting to learn how to sew, so this would be a good step up from hemming my curtains, no? 🙂

  • You make it look so easy…

    Love this so much that I just might give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

    Dream in Fashion

  • What a cute top!!! I want it too


  • Turn around and give a sexy surprise! loving it! xx

  • cool DIY! I’m not sure I can do it, but I’ll try, since the result look amazing!


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  • that is so pretty! what a great idea!

    Love amy

  • That is amazing! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • my sister and i will probably try this! it’s really cute!

  • Such a gorgeous DIY! Stunning results, and it looks completely shop brought!

  • i am both a beginner sewer AND in love with this look. wow!

  • This is brilliant. You make it look so easy! Honestly, my DIY Pinterest board is mostly your great ideas. Thanks!

  • looks perfect for summer because of the lace back, but to be honest I don’t like denim and don’t wear it since primary school:) I think it could work great with nude linen.

  • Oh! lovely idea! Fresh look <3
    Thanks for sharing xx

  • Love this ideas so much , I did a similar DIY shirt recently using a vintage scarf 🙂


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  • I love, love, love this! Perfect easy sewing project.

  • AH! Super cute!! Casual with a whisper of delicate detail and a smidge of sexy!

  • wow!! amazing i LOVE it!!

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  • What a darling DIY. I’ll have to give this one a try. 🙂 So sweet. xo.

  • That is SUPER cute! I can imagine it with a black button down shirt as well, for an evening outfit perhaps? Love it!

  • Beautiful!


  • Wow, this is amazingly pretty!! <3

    Note to self: learn how to sew!!

  • Love it!
    Maybe i will try , )

  • I am totally a beginner with sewing and I think I would completely ruin this project if I tried! But that shirt looks incredible and a little sexy. Love it!



  • This looks cool, might try it!! Emma, by the way your hair color is gorgeous!

  • I love this idea and it looks really good too. I would have liked to see the sticthing inside though to be sure I am doing it correct though.

  • That is such a great idea. We’ll save the cost of buying a shirt style just like that. It’s also good because I am in love with sheer clothing right now, so it’s perfect.

    THATS GRYT, Aves Gry

  • How beautiful, and a little bit sexy too, i love!! And the perfect way to give an update to something old too. Now im thinking what can i take the back out of……. 🙂

  • This is so classic! I’m swooning. I wish my machine wasn’t broken!

  • Awesome idea!


  • I saw similar shirt in a shop. So that’s a great tutorial 🙂

  • Love, love, love it!!

  • that’s lovely! i’d love to try it if i found the right kind of lace:-) x

  • L.O.V.E this – what a creative and innovative idea. xxxx


  • wow, I really like this diy! the outcome is so beautiful, these times I really wish my sewing machine would work properly.

  • This is lovely – It would look cool with black denim and either black or coral lace too.



  • Oh, I love it 🙂 nice idea !! I will try it by myself and let u know, if my one is so beautiful 🙂

    Beautiful blog with beautiful pictures and creative ideas 🙂 many inspirations 🙂

    love from Sweden,


  • It’s so great the fact that you can’t see the back even though the lace is a see-through garment generally. It’s sexy but cute too!

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  • This is so gorgeous! It looks amazing on Emma!


  • Yay, cool idea! I just bought your DIY Dress Up course and love it so much- going to add this onto the project list 🙂 Thank you!

  • Great tutorial! I tried something similar to this, but it was with a regular tshirt.

    Royal Quartz

  • Holy moly BRILLIANT! I love this DIY!

    Thanks for sharing, Em!

    Talia Christine

  • There’s something about denim and lace that just looks good together….

  • Wow it looks great, I really would like to try it, first I have to find some lace!

  • I liked that a lot more than I expected I would – I think it would look really good with crochet lace. 🙂

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