How to Sew a Lace Overlay!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the beach! Yesterday was by far the best day weather wise on our little beach vacation. We spent as much as the day as possible in the sun. Most of the day, I just wore my swimsuit. However, since it was St. Patrick’s day, I decided to wear my off the shoulder top, Mama Stella by Made for Mermaids in some mint green French Terry from Simply by Ti Fabrics. It is one of my new favorite tops.
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I thought I would share how easy it is to sew a lace overlay. It is super simple and only takes just a few more minutes of your time. First, I cut out all my fabric pieces. Then I cut one more piece in lace of the bodice piece, the exact same size. It is important that they have a similar stretch. The lace should have the same or more stretch than the underneath fabric.
Then I take my wonder clips and clip the lace on top of the bodice fabric. I used a mint green lace from Simply by Ti. You can find it here. I, then, sew a basting stitch, within the seam allowance, around the entire bodice. I highly recommend a walking foot on your sewing machine to sew a lace overlay. Make sure to stop and pivot, leaving the needle down, at each edge.
Once you basted the lace down, then sew the rest of the pattern per the pattern instructions. So simple! Voila! You have a new top with a lace overlay!
I also chose to add lace sleeves to my Mama Stella. I just cut them per the pattern instructions and made sure to use the mint French Terry for the neckband and cuffs to give it more structure.
I am so in love with the new Mama Stella off the shoulder top by Made for Mermaids! I made 4 of them for vacation, including my Kindness Mama Stella. I have two more that will show up in blog posts soon. I also cut one out in gorgeous olive green glitter French Terry, however, I did not find time to sew it before I left. 🙁 Now that we are back, maybe I will get to do that tonight! Yay!
I paired my lace overlay Mama Stella with some Portlander shorts by New Horizons in the same mint green French Terry from Simply by Ti. These shorts are super comfy. Be kind. I am wearing a swimsuit under this outfit. The swimsuit has a ruffle around the bum, so it is scrunched in there somewhere underneath my clothes. LOL! I felt the shorts looked a little bland compared to my fancy lace overlay top, so I added some mint green floral trim from Knitpop. It matched so well!
Please let me know if you have any questions on how to sew a lace overlay. I am always happy to help!
Want to recreate this look? Here is what you need:
- Mint Green French Terry
- Mint Green Lace
- Mama Stella Women’s Top Sewing Pattern
- Portlander Shorts Sewing Pattern
- Mint Green Floral Trim.
I love your summary at the end sharing how to re-create the look. You did a beautiful job! I have some lace from Ti’s shop in my stash that I have not yet done a project with so I found this so inspiring. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much! I cannot wait to see what you make with the lace!
I did a lace overlay last night for the first time but I went with my go to – quilters basting spray! Love that stuff!
That is a great idea too!