Adding a Lace or Sequin Overlay

A lace or sequin overlay is a really easy way to add some extra pizzazz to a shirt. It takes your sewing to a new level and people will not believe that you made it yourself.

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The first thing you need to do is figure out where you want to add the overlay and cut two pieces out. I wanted the main body of my Slim Fit Raglan to have sequins, so I cut out two front pieces: one in the sequin fabric and one basic white knit. The sleeves and back are a grey french terry.

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Pin or clip the pieces together, both facing upwards. You can also baste them together. If you’re using knits (stretch fabric) make sure you use a loose stretch stitch. You can use a loose straight stitch for woven (non-stretch) fabric.

Now treat it like any other pattern piece and start assembling the garment.

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The finished product is so cute! This Slim Fit Raglan has cuffed long sleeves and a curved hemline.

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Here is a high-low hem Blair with 3/4 lace overlay sleeves.

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