I am quite pleased with myself about this one! I wanted a top with a lace-up detail that isn't tedious to wear. Here are some examples of what I'm taking about. I decided I just wanted the look of the trendy lacing, not ones that actually function to hold the neckline together.
I started with a plan tee shirt pattern that I like. Mine is McCalls 6886, but any tee would do. For the neckline, I bound the back neck edge and drafted a simple facing for the front. I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on the front facing, attached it and understitched. Voila! That's it! The last step is adding the metal grommets, which was really easy to do.
I have had the fabric in my stash for a while. I think it was from Gorgeous Fabrics, but I'm not 100% sure. It feels like a rayon jersey, very silky.
I tried both this silk cord and a thin leather strip for my lacing. Both are a little stiff. Other options would be narrow ribbon, very thin rope, or a tube of fabric. I wore this top a LOT on my recent travels (nothing fancy, alas, just visiting family). It is super comfy but just a little elevated from a plain tee shirt. Now I want to make McCalls 7391 even more than before!