Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Make your own lace skirt

I finally got around to explaining the simple process of making this skirt. If you don't want to make one *cough* cough* You can buy one for $20.00 in my shop.

I have specific measurements, but it does not have to be exact. Seriously.

What you need:
Meshy lace. I chose a fabric that easy flows/hangs down when you hold it up. It is also very stretchy. I got in the red tag section of Joann Fabric for $5 a yard. The key is to make sure that the fabric will hang down appropriately when you hold it. Some lace fabrics are so stiff and/or light it would be a nightmare to wear. Just imagine wearing it. I have no qualms about holding it up to my waist in the store to imagine how it would look as a skirt. I purchased 2 gorgeous yards and it made three skirts (two small and one medium). It really depends on the size of one's waist and hips. The reason why I got so many skirts out of the fabric is that I cut it lengthwise so I had three super long lengths of fabric. You could use less yardage (for one skirt) if you cut the fabric in shorter lengths and sewed them together. If this doesn't make sense, scroll down to look at the pictures of the cut fabric (and leave me a comment so I know I am not being clear enough)
Color coordinating liner. I chose a nude synthetic knit that had enough weight to it so that it would hang well using the above standards. Get the same amount as you did for the lace. It is important to remember that fabric is sold in different widths as well. Since both my liner and lace were the same width I was able to cut it lengthwise to make three skirts.
Thick elastic. I really like contrasting/bold colors. Part of the reason is that most fabric stores have two options: black or white. You could be fancy and get something colorful online. I prefer elastic that is 2 to 3 inches thick. I like to sew it 1-4 inches smaller than my waist.
Notions: Thread, pins, etc... I highly recommend a rotary cutter.

This is my fabric, folded in half (lengthwise). For three skirts, this would be cut in three long strips. All you have to do it hold it against yourself to see how long you want it, and cut accordingly.

Measuring with a rotary measure and board made this job a lot easier!

Cut both the lace and the liner.


I pinned the lace and liner together to make sure that they would be the same length. As you can see, there was an inconsistency at the top. If either of your fabrics are stretchy, this is a could either mean that the fabrics are two different sizes OR one of the fabrics is being stretched. Consequently, be very careful to make sure that there is no stretching because it will be crooked when you cut it. This sounds a lot harder than it really is. After making sure that no fabric was stretching, I cut the top so that it was even. the fabric I used was a kind that rarely unravels, so I did not need a hem. If your fabric unravels easily, sew a hem now.


The lace is sewn together with the liner in the same seam. This helps the fabrics to stick together.
If you don't have a serger, a lot of seamstresses recommend using a zig-zag stitch on a knit.

I made an extra zig-zag stitch to finish the edges, and prevent fraying.


Using a colorful thread makes it a lot easier to remove after sewing to the waistband!

I found that gathering the waist through hand stitching was nicer than a basting stitch on my sewing machine. Use whatever method you like to gather the skirt.

Cut the waistband and sew with a elastic stitch.

It is wise to hold it up before sewing to make sure the skirt lays straight. 

Pin the skirt to the waistband and sew with a zig-zag stitch (I did it twice). This allows the elastic to still stretch. I have been criticized for this in the past, so if you know differently, I would appreciate an explanation [truly] since I have only ever known to use a zig-zag stitch. I am NOT an advanced seamstress by any means and spend time trying to learn new techniques. I appreciate constructive criticism, or new ideas on how to do things. :)


Remove your basting stitch. If it was handsewn it is super easy.

And you are done!

Have fun!
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