I love cheap basic tees, but I always resist buying them because I know I won’t wear them unless they’re jazzed up somehow. So after specifically deciding to put lace around a shirt collar, I set out to buy a plain blank tee. I got this heather gray number at Target on clearance for only two dollars!
I purchased my lace collar on Etsy. You also need some strong fabric glue — I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.
Place your lace collar around the tee, matching the ends to the center. I had to cut mine in half because my shirt’s neckline was lower than what it should be for a traditional peter pan collar, and couldn’t wrap all the way around the front & back. Sparingly place fabric glue under your lace. Lay flat to dry for at least a full day. I had a lot of open spaces in my lace so I had to re-glue a couple spots that didn’t bond the first time.
If you have to cut your lace in half as well, I recommend wrapping it around the back of the shirt as much as possible instead of cutting it at the shoulder seams. That way it lays flat.
Now I have a sweet basic shirt that doesn’t feel too basic. Next i’m thinking screenprinted graphic tees with lace collars for a little extra pizzaz.