How to Sew a Lace Overlay

3 Materials
2 Hours

Adding lace to a dress or top can give it a beautiful look. But how do you add lace to your sewing projects? Simply follow these steps for adding a lace overlay and give your garments great style.

Step 1: Cut the Pieces

Cut all your pattern pieces in both your main fabric and lace fabric. If you are using a knit pattern, make sure you use stretch lace.

Step 2: Baste the Lace

Step 2: Next, take one front and back bodice piece (the maroon rayon spandex in this picture) and lay them RIGHT side up, facing you. Now take one stretch lace piece and lay it on top of each bodice piece. Make sure both RIGHT sides of the fabric are facing you. Baste all the way around the outside of the piece attaching the lace to the main fabric. Make sure you are basting within the seam allowance. If you are working with woven fabrics, complete this step the same as you would with the knit pictured above. **The lace will want to shift while sewing. Pin or clip heavily to help avoid shifting fabrics.**

Step 3: Finish assembling pattern

Now that it is attached on all sides, you will treat this as one piece. Continue sewing the pattern as directed. You have added a beautiful lace overlay.

Helpful Tips

  • Be careful not to stretch the pieces while basting. In order to avoid bunching in the corners, you may want to sew each line separately. For example, sew all the way across the bottom, pull off the machine and clip the threads. Then sew the side seam, pull off the machine and clip the threads. Then repeat this process for each section that needs to be basted.

All done. You can add beautiful lace overlays to many projects- from tops and skirts to dresses and bags.

Suggested materials:
  • Stretch Lace   (Joann Fabrics)
  • Rayon Spandex   (Joann Fabrics)
  • Knit Boundless Dress Pattern   (Pattern for Pirates)

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