I think you are all beginning to realize how much I enjoy good piece of clothing made from lace. It’s so elegant and girly! Well today’s guest post is Irene from Serger Pepper and she’s been bitten by the same lace-loving bug! Irene is a talented seamstress and has lots of great ideas to share–including this one for a fabulous lace skirt!
Hi Lisa, thanks for having me!
I’m Irene and I usually blog at Serger Pepper, writing about sewing, serger tips & tricks, refashion and PDF sewing patterns I love to create: the best part is when sewists from all over the world sew something using one of my sewing patterns and tutorials… I love this part <3!!!
Today I want to share with you and your fabulous readers one of my recent obsessions:
As you can see on my Pinterest Board, I’ve been collecting some great inspiration pics for this garment with no age: it’s perfect from Newborns to Moms (in any size!) .
This is my version, a knee-length gathered & lined skirt with Couture finishings:†no raw edges (excluding the scalloped lace hem…),†outside and inside!
If you need some tips on working with this material, please check my post about sewing lace!
Let’s see how you can create your own:
- guess… lace!
- some knit for the waistband and, optionally, for the hem facing;
- 1″ (2.5 cm) height flat elastic.
(see charts on step 2 for measurements†by size)
1. First of all choose your size on charts below, basing on hips measurements.
You need to know your model’s waist measurement to cut your elastic waistband, also if an average waist girth is provided (maybe you want to make it as a gift and you don’t have access to your model’s waist…)
2. Cut pattern pieces following measurements on following charts, considering that:
- there’s no need to be† too†precise, you can play with the numbers if your piece of fabric is slightly bigger or smaller;
- you can attach together more different pieces of fabric, there’s no need to have one only piece of fabric with given measurements!
- measurements given are bigger for the lace layer than the lining: I love a fuller overskirt and a less bulky lining…
- if you have a scalloped lace like mine, cut it†1 cm (3/8″) shorter than the “fabric length” on charts;
- measurements includes 3/8″ seam allowances!
Cut the elastic, either using measurements in charts below or measuring your model waist girth and adding 3/4″ (2 cm)
2. Let’s start from… the end: hem your lining now that it’s everything flat!
To do that fold the bottom (if you’re using a directional print) long edge to the wrong side, press and repeat.
Topstitch to secure the hem.
To add some pizzaz, I made a contrasting hem facing, faux-piping style, using a strip of the same fabric used for the waistband, long as the lining longer side, 2″ height.
If you like how it looks, fold the strip in half, wrong sides together, aligning the long edges and press to crease.
Align the strip to the hem of the lining part, matching raw long edges.
Pin, then stitch using 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowances.
Press the facing toward the wrong side of the lining: I†like†a little bit of fabric†peeking out, so I pressed it leaving it showing to the front†just a smidge. I’m not going to hem my lace layer, because of the scalloped hem; if you’re using a different kind of lace, you can hem it too (consider that often lace don’t frays… check if you can skip this step)!
3. Gather both layers on their top long side (opposite to the hem); they need to fit to the waistband length.
To help you putting everything together later, mark with a sharpie a dot at the mid-length on each long side of the waistband and on the top long edge of both lace and lining. Don’t know how-to gather? Using your machine baste stitch (long stitch and no spool tension) without backstitching and leaving long thread tails, then pull bobbin thread.
Using a different color on spole/bobbin can help pulling the right one! 4. Pin both layers (separately) to the waistband, paying attention to their right/wrong sides.
Lace to waistband: right sides together. Lining to waistband: lining wrong side together with waistband right side.
Help yourself evenly distributing gathers by matching your Sharpie halfway points!
Pro†tip: when you’ve gathered enough each layer,†fix thread tails to a pin on each end, making an “8” around it (head-toe-head-toe) so it won’t move while you pin and sew it! 5. Attach layers to the waistband using an elastic stitch (on a sewing machine a triple straight stitch†would be†my go-to choice!) or directly serging (like I did).
Press seam allowances toward the waistband, on both sides.
Pro Tip: try not to stretch too much your waistband while sewing to avoid a curly seam! 6. Fold the rectangle (=your skirt) in half, Wrong Sides Together (the opposite you do 99% of time); carefully pin where waistband seams are crossing, to ensure accurate (not-homemade-looking) results. 7. Sew (or serge) using the smallest seam allowance you can.
Press seam flat to one side (to “set” stitches in fabric).
Turn the skirt wrong side out.
Right†sides together, press the seam again.
Stitch the second seam enclosing the raw (or sergerd) edges of the first seam. 9. Press your french seam (yesss! You did it!) toward one side and topstitch (optional) to help it laying flat on the inside of your skirt. 8. Close elastic band in a ring (double-check you’re not twisting it!), overlapping its ends by a scant inch.
Stitch across to secure (go back and forth a few times with a zig-zag stitch… just to be sure it’s not coming apart in no time). 9. Slip the elastic ring around the waistband wrong side; †sandwich the elastic inside the waistband and pin it along the top crease of the waistband (to keep it out-of-the-way while sewing the last seam).
Stitch in the ditch of the waistband, placing the two seams (the ones you pressed toward the waistband on Step 5) one on top of the other; leave†the elastic free to move inside its casing. 10. Wear, twirl, take some shoots and post them on Serger Pepper Flickr shared board: can’t wait to see your newly made Couture Lace Skirt!
… can you see the hem facing peaking out? Aren’t they nice?
Time to†relax, laying on the grass, drink some fountain water and make a curtsey…
Ok!†Ready to spin†your Hula-Hoop around the†waist!That’s it!
I’d love to hear from you: do you like lace skirts? Are you ready to sew one?
See you on Serger Pepper, if you like!
Hugs from Italy