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I’m really excited about this month’s Mash Up, and like I said in this week’s episode of Sew & Tell I’m sewing up our Dress with Sheer Overlay. I wanted to sew up something extra special for my last Mash Up of 2018, and what a perfect time of year as I can wear it on New Year’s Eve – one of my favorite occasions to dress up on. Read on to see my first steps in sewing this dress…

Overlay Dress Pattern

I really can’t say enough how much I love this pattern – and with a gorgeous overlay in mind, I headed to the fabric store!

Materials Close Up

While I was browsing the fabric store I was looking for fabric that caught my eye, and this coral-like nude mesh with pearl and colored beads just jumped out at me. I liked the idea of “lightening” up the style, although I do love the deep embroidery of the pattern image. Maybe because I have wedding designs in my mind and I want to sew everything now in light pastels and white. Next was to find an underlay, and luckily this sage green silk was on sale! It perfectly picks up the green beads in the overlay – and I can’t make a special dress without any green.

Overlay Material

I also really love how this nude beaded mesh looks on my skin and it is going to look so cool in long sleeves over the green bodice. Now to switch up the dress! So, when I got home from the fabric store I handled the beaded fabric and it was actually quite heavy. And in looking at the pattern pieces, the overlay skirt is both pleated and gathered – I don’t think these bead will like that. I then came up with the plan to only overlay the top! So I’ll cut the overlay skirt piece in my green silk (thankfully I had enough) and omit the underlay skirt pieces. Thinking about it more, I’m really excited to see how this turns out.


As with most patterns, I needed to alter the length. I cropped the skirt pieces 6".

Cutting out 1

Then I placed on my green silk and cut out.

Cutting out 2

While my green silk was out, I placed and pinned all my bodice pieces.

Cutting out 4

There are also some draft it yourself pieces including the bias strips for the spaghetti straps and the finishing strip for the neckline. I usually draft on paper first and then cut out, but instead I just used my rotary cutter and ruler to cut directly from the fabric on the bias.

Cutting out 3

Out of the overlay fabric then I just cut the bodice and sleeve pieces. I did although buy enough fabric to cut the skirt pieces so I have a bunch leftover and trying to think of what else to sew from it.

Step 1

I’m now kinda obsessed with this way of marking darts. I cut out my size line and lay on the pattern pieces…

Step 2

Then using a frixon pen, I draw a dashed line to the point.

Step 3

First things first, I stitched all my darts and pressed all the intakes towards the center.

Step 4

Before I sewed my bodice side seams, I serge-finished all the edges.

Step 5

I interfaced my neckline facing pieces and pinned them right sides together along the side seams.

Step 6

I stitched both side seams and press my seam allowances open.

Step 7

But before I attached my facing, I serge-finished the lower edge. At the point I wrapped my serging tail into my stitch to prevent fraying.

Step 8

Next were the straps! I folded and pinned both my strap pieces right sides together widthwise.

Step 9

I stitched together about 3/8" from the edge.

Step 10

This stitch was about in the middle of my strap width.

Step 11

Using a strap turner, I flipped my strap pieces to the right side. I just LOVE this tool!

Step 12

Then I pinned my straps in place on the bodice points.

Step 13

I pinned with my strap seams facing in towards the center and also basted in place inside my seam allowance.

Step 14

With my bodice right side facing up, I pinned my facing piece right sides together with my bodice making sure to match up the side seams.

Step 15

I stitched together and then flipped my facing to the wrong side and pinned in place for now.

Step 16

Love a good strap sandwich – and I’ll also be sewing the back straps in place later when I have a chance to try on the dress.

And that completes part 1 of my December Mash Up! Sew-along with me and download the pattern here. Next week I’ll tackle the overlay.

Happy Sewing!

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    Dec 19, 2018, 01.10 PMby densevi

    Great teacher, beautifully laydown pattern! with a well-explained tutorial. Am so excited about it. Can’t wait to see the finished dress.

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    Dec 18, 2018, 10.21 PMby Anne-Berit

    Love this inspiring pictorial guide.

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    Dec 16, 2018, 10.51 AMby Mary Athey

    Can’t wait to see this one Meg x

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    Dec 14, 2018, 12.32 PMby Sususews

    I can’t wait to see your finished dress. With the extra overlay material, how about appliqueing a band of the overlay on the skirt of your dress? Or maybe double it up and make a belt or sash to go around the waist of your dress? Now I’m wishing I could make this dress…does it come in Plus sizes?

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      Dec 14, 2018, 03.35 PMby MegH

      Hi there!! I was actually thinking about doing that with the leftover – I’ll have to test on a piece to see how it looks, but it definitely could! Unfortunately this pattern does not come in plus sizes :( :( :(

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    Dec 14, 2018, 05.35 AMby KittenStitcher

    This dress has been on my ToDo list since I first got the magazine issue (as well as the blue velvet jumper), so pretty and sophisticated. I love your choice of sage green…can’t wait to see how yours turns out.

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      Dec 14, 2018, 03.36 PMby MegH

      Yay, isn’t it lovely? And thanks! Always need some green.


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