How to Sew a Stretch Lace Overlay Cami and Lace Ruffle Leggings

How to Sew a Lace Overaly
lace overlay top with lace ruffle leggings pink
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Lace overlay is much easier than one might expect.  For this cami, I needed knit fabric.  I purchased the pink single brushed polyester from Allielane in Abbyville.  It is currently only sale for $5!! The stretch lace is a remnant I purchased from Joann Fabric.

I was lucky enough to test this Heartbreaker Cami pattern by Patterns for Pirates.  It come in there lengths, crop, shirt and tunic version.  The cami in this post is the tunic version.  The Heartbreaker Cami also can be worn backwards for a v neckline and the option of an x cross back.

To make the lace overlay above, I just cut out an extra front and an extra back piece of the lace fabric.  I made them the exact same size of the pink brushed polyester fabric.  Then I clipped them together with Magic clips ( a must have with knit fabric) and basted them together.  I followed the rest of the instructions as per the pattern.  Simple!

lace overlay cami top little girl
DIY Lace Overlay Cami

The brushed polyester did not lay as flat as I would have liked.  It would have been better if I would have used a double needle or a coverstitch.  I made a Star Wars Heartbreaker Cami in cotton/lycra and seemed to lay a lot flatter.

how to make ruffle leggings with lace

For the Lace Ruffle leggings I used the Made for Mermaids Bonnie Legs Pattern .  I used the capri length.  Before sewing any of the leggings pieces together, I cut two 2″x 25″ of lace.  I ran a gathering stitch down the middle.  Please remember to leave tails in the beginning and the end.  To get beginning tails, I usually take a scrap piece of fabric and run a few gathering stitches.  Then I  cut off a long tail.  When ending your gathering stitch, don’t use the the thread cutter on your machine, pull the fabric gently let then cut off the a long tail.  Now I have always read to pull the bobbin threads to gather your fabric, but mine always breaks.  I pull my sewing thread, Gutterman thread is my favorite.  Pull threads on one side of both ends to match bottoms of leg pieces.

I baste stitch the lace ruffles to the bottom of the front of each legs (remember they aren’t sewn together yet.)  Make sure you stretch the fabric just a little as you attach the lace.  Then sew the leggings as per the pattern.  And you are done!!

Now you have an adorable Lace Cami and Lace Ruffle Leggings that look like you paid a fortune for them :).

lace overlay laying on bed
Lace Ovelay Cami with matching Lace Ruffle Leggings
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Hi I'm Lo and I love to sew and I also love to play with my two children! I am a work at home Mom of two toddlers.  I never planned on staying home with the kids, however when I was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, Little Dude, I was unexpectedly let go from my corporate job.  With a newborn and a tough job market, I decided to buy a Brother Sewing/Embroidery Machine and taught myself to sew. I would like to thank the many bloggers, youtube videos I have watched and PDF pattern designers for all their help. With a degree in International Business from Blaise-Pascal University in France I decided to open my own business, an Etsy shop.  I started making baby leg warmers and then added embroidered bodysuits.  I was so busy I couldn't keep up and had to seek out third party help. After my second child, Baby Girl, life became super busy.  There is something about little girls clothes that makes them so much fun to create.  I started venturing out to more articles of clothing.  It has been a fun adventure. I am learning as I go.  I sometimes skip steps or take short cuts, sometimes I take a long road to get where I need to go.  I don't think sewing needs to be perfect, I think it should be fun!!

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