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!
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.
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.
- the pattern download
To sew your lace jacket
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.
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.
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.
Now lie out the piece with the right sides up like this.
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.
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.
Good news, it's pretty forgiving and you can't really see the stitches if you do go a little wonky.
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?