Remember my Common Thread project on the Sew Weekly? Today’s post is on how to insert lace into seams, just like I did on my ‘Summer in the City’ dress. It seems simple, and it is, but I did figure out some tips that might help if you wanted to re-create the same look on your projects!
The original pattern calls for piping, but I’ve used lace instead. The vertical and horizontal seamlines look just as pretty with the lace trim!
Here’s how to do it yourself!
First, decide which seams you want to add the lace to. I’m going to add lace to the horizontal seamlines and the vertical seamlines of the bodice.
Then, measure the seamline, and cut a piece of lace trim the length of the seamline.
Now, pin the lace to one of the seamline edges. Here’s the important part: line up the sewing line of the lace along the 1.5cm seamline.
This makes more sense when you see how it’s done in the photo below! I’m going to stitch through that hole-y line in the lace. So I’ve lined up that lace stripe along where the 1.5cm seamline will fall.
Continue pinning all along the seamline, as shown.
Leave the other seamline alone, free of lace trim. When we sew the seam, the lace will be nicely inserted into the seam just like the piping!
Now, sew along the lace as shown, exactly along the 5/8″ (1.5cm) seamline. Adjust the lace if it’s slipped at all. Go slowly if you have to, to make sure the seamline is precise!
Here’s what it will look like with the stitching in:
More photos of the lace trim stitched to one side of the seam:
And a close-up look, too!
Ok – after this, the rest is easy! As long as your lace is stitched at precisely 5/8″ (1.5cm) from the raw edge, you’re good!
Take the piece that goes on the other side of the seam, and line up the raw edges.
Pin raw edges together. You can see from the photo below that on one side of the piece, you’ll be able to see the lace stitching. That’s the side you’ll want to have facing upwards when we sew the seam!
Sew the seam as pinned with the lace stitching upwards. Stitch exactly on top of the previous stitching. Easy, right?
Press seam either up or down, depending on your preference! Do you want the lace pointing up? Then press the seam allowance downwards.
Look how nice that looks! The lace is set into the seam allowance, without any visible stitching showing. I like the look of lace inserted into seams, rather than stitched on top. It looks cleaner, and hides the stitch lines! I find it easier to do as well.
Any questions on how to insert lace into seams? It’s an easy and pretty way to incorporate lace into your summer dresses!
What do you think: would you try applying lace using this technique?