Sew a pretty lace jacket

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup.  Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.Do you remember the free Sew A So Simple Shrug pattern that came out at the start of this year. I’ve worn that thing to death!

Free sewing pattern for an easy shrug. 1 pattern piece, 3 seams and its done!But already its getting a little warmer here in Cayman and although sometimes you need a little cover up in the evenings, not something very heavy. And I do like to wear a nice dress when we go out for dinner, which is almost always outdoors, or sometimes in a restaurant with overly aggressive air-conditioning. So I needed something light but pretty to wear with a nice dress.

Ta dah – I already had the perfect pattern for it, I just needed to use a lighter fabric. This stretch lace is perfect.

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup.  Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.

You will need:

  • Stretch lace – 1 yard of 58 inch wide.  (The largest 2 sizes will need just a few inches over 1 yard.) More may be needed for pattern matching.
  • thread
  • the pattern download

Download the free pattern for the Sew A So Simple Shrug

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out - it's free.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

To sew your lace jacket

Free Simple Shrug Pattern.  Just one pattern piece - this is genius!

Firstly, check out your lace and see which way it stretches.  There is a line on the pattern piece which represents the direction of the greatest stretch.  If the fabric stretches equally on both directions, then it doesn’t really matter, but if it stretches one way more than the other, make sure you lie out the pattern piece so that the line on the pattern follows the direction of the greatest stretch.

Perfect free pattern for a little lace jacket.  Lovely over a nice dress for modesty or if its a little bit cool.  Simple pattern.

Cut out two pieces.  Place them right sides together and match up the center back seam.  Pin and stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Perfect free pattern for a little lace jacket.  Lovely over a nice dress for modesty or if its a little bit cool.  Simple pattern.

You will need to use quite a few pins when using lace, because there is a lot of ‘air’ and not much fabric.  I like to use long pins and weave them in and out several times to make sure its all pinned well and won’t shift about during sewing.

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Now lie out the piece with the right sides up like this.

Perfect free pattern for a little lace jacket.  Lovely over a nice dress for modesty or if its a little bit cool.  Simple pattern.

Take the top and fold it down to the bottom, so that you line up those side seams, the under arm point and the sleeves.  Pin and then stitch with a 1/4 inch seam, pivoting at the corner under the arm.

Perfect free pattern for a little lace jacket.  Lovely over a nice dress for modesty or if its a little bit cool.  Simple pattern.

Snip into that corner close to the stitching.

Repeat for the other side and then try on the top and check for fit.  Its easy to adjust down the center back seam, or make the sleeves a little closer fitting if you like.  The fit all depends on how much stretch you have in your chosen fabric.

You’ll need to finish the edge and around the bottom of the sleeves.  Turn in a 1/4 inch and then stitch neatly.  Remember to use lots of pins and go slowly so the lace doesn’t shift about too much.

Perfect free pattern for a little lace jacket.  Lovely over a nice dress for modesty or if its a little bit cool.  Simple pattern.

Good news, it’s pretty forgiving and you can’t really see the stitches if you do go a little wonky.

Perfect free pattern for a little lace jacket.  Lovely over a nice dress for modesty or if its a little bit cool.  Simple pattern.

See, that was quick and easy and now you have a pretty lace jacket to wear.  Perhaps you should book somewhere nice for dinner so you have the chance to wear it right away!  What do you think?  Is this lace jacket the sort of thing you would wear?

One piece free pattern for this pretty lace coverup.  Ideal for modesty over a strapless dress.

Download the free pattern for the Sew A So Simple Shrug

You can download the pattern from my design account on Craftsy.  Add it to your cart and check out - it's free.  The pattern will be saved in your Pattern Library safely until you are ready to sew, then you can download and print it at any time.

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18 Responses to Sew a pretty lace jacket

  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I used the original for one bridesmaid and graded up to my size for my jacket for a wedding. Worked out beautifully on one-way stretch lace and French seams. Now I want to make this again. This was easy enough to make two jackets in one day, without knowing how to sew on lace or make French seams before. Thank you!

  2. Rita Campbell says:

    Thank you so much for posting this pattern/idea. I love your patterns and Pinterest boards.you are an inspiration!

  3. Amy says:

    What size does this pattern go up to? I’m looking for a 2X.

    • The standard pattern goes up to a 43 inch bust, but it doesn’t close at the front, so the fit is rather flexible, especially made in a stretch fabric. You could also increase the pattern size if you need to – just draw an extra size around the outside when you cut out.

  4. Debbie D Clardy says:

    What a pattern, simply and easy just what I like to sew. I really like your websit by the way are you living in Paradise?
    Debbie

  5. sandra says:

    Im glad I came across this site

  6. A very pretty top made in the black lace, Deby.

  7. Anna Kaye says:

    I admire your talent. You’ve been sewing just a few years and you design patterns. I’ve been sewing for 70 years, still have not designed a pattern. Make lots of changes to a comercial pattern, but to start from scratch, I think not, especially at my age. LOL. I still do some sewing, find it HARD to bend to cut a garment out now. Keep up the good work. I love to see what you do and will continue to follow you. (:>) Annie

  8. Ginger says:

    Very pretty. Did you make your dress too?

  9. Paula says:

    Deby you always have amazing patterns and ideas love them

  10. Eva Pearce-Ingram says:

    Just the thing I have been looking for. Thank you so very much for sharing.

  11. Louise Tonks says:

    Lovely! That will be perfect for when I dance Argentine Tango.

  12. Carol says:

    You are looking pretty hot Deb!!

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