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Add a little romance and fun by embellishing a pair of woven shorts with an assortment of pretty lace trims. Use cotton Cluny or Venice lace to get this on-trend look just right.
- Woven shorts of your choice – you can use a pair you already own, purchase a ready-made pair or sew your own
- 4 yards each of different lace trims:
Wide cotton lace, approximately 2" to 2 1/2" wide
Medium width cotton lace, approximately 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" wide
Narrow cotton lace, approximately 5/8" to 7/8" wide
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Hand sewing needle
Note: Depending on the length and zipper position of your shorts, you may have to alter yardage amounts/directions accordingly.
- Prewash and dry your shorts according to care instructions; this will pre-shrink the shorts if needed.
- Starting from the outside seam, line up the medium lace with the bottom hem of the shorts, folding under the raw edge. Pin in place all the way around.
- Using the sewing machine, sew down the top edge of the lace. Repeat on other leg hole.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 using narrow cotton lace, positioning it so that the second row overlaps the first row by 1/2".
- Try on shorts to determine position and length of next row (using wide lace), which is the first continuous row of lace.
- Pin lace and sew, being sure to fold raw edge of lace under at start and finish of each row and making sure that lace doesn't interfere with shorts zipper.
- Hand tack the center bottom front and back of this row in place so that the lace lays flat on the crotch and rear of the shorts.
*SPECIAL NOTE: We recommend trying on the shorts after each row is sewn to position/pin each subsequent row.
- Continue alternating lace widths (medium, narrow, wide) until your reach the top of the shorts. We added a couple of rows of narrow lace to the rear to fill in the extra space, since it doesn't lay as flat as the front.