Refashion | DIY Upcycled Waffle Knit Top with Lace Insert Sleeve Cuffs

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a waffle knit top with lace detailed sleeve cuffs

Just adding a little lace detail on the cuffs of a thermal top can make all the difference. Elevate that simple comfy top. You can make it really easy and just use lace fabric or use doilies or appliques. This is also a great way to use up tiny scraps of lace. Just combine them and make up a piece as big as you want to replace out of the sleeve.

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I choose to upstyle this ivory colored waffle knit top by Lucky Brand with some vintage mesh lace trim I had as well as a cotton trim.

First, I used my seam ripper to detach the cuffs from the sleeves. The cool thing about most thermal type tops is the sleeve cuffs are usually an add on piece so it's easy to take apart and put back together.

I split the cuffs long ways, keeping the bottom seam that aligns with the rest of the sleeve. So the lace insert would show up on top of my arms/hands.

I wanted to keep the scalloped edges of the trim so I sewed them together. The width of the design was pretty much the width of the cuff piece I took out. It works for this top because the material stretches, if your top doesn't stretch make sure your lace does. I placed the cotton trim over the joining seam.

To get the raw edges inside the cuff, sandwich the lace insert in between the top layers. These cuffs were serged together on one end so I had to unpick that to open it up and make flipping it out possible. Now the cuff has a knit bottom side and top lace side that is sheer. Then just reattach the cuffs to the sleeves and you're done. Again it's such a pretty added detail to an otherwise simple top. 


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