Back in July (after Maya was born) I created a fun knit pencil skirt with stretch lace for The Ribbon Retreat blog, and I realized recently that I hadn’t shared it here yet. So while I’m working on some fun things to show you for Kids’ Clothes Week, here’s another fast, easy sewing project you’ll love.
Hi there! I’m Lisa from Mabey She Made It, and I’m here today to show you how to make a really fabulous lace pencil skirt that stretches so it’s super comfy and it’s easy to get a great silhouette.
If you’re like me, you love the fanciness of lace, but the comfort of knit. And while you may not think about the two going together, when you use the fabulous stretch lace from The Ribbon Retreat paired with a quality knit, it’s the perfect pairing for both style and comfort.
So let’s get started!
Lace Pencil Skirt Supplies
- 1 yard knit
- 3-10 yards 2″ stretch lace (depending on your size and how many rows of lace you choose–I used about 3 yards for this skirt)
- A pencil skirt to trace (or a pattern)
- Sewing supplies
- Take your knit and (after washing it) fold your fabric in half.
- Lay your pencil skirt on top of the folded fabric so the direction of greatest stretch goes across your skirt/body (instead of up and down). Now cut around the skirt so you have 2 identical panels. If your skirt is from a woven fabric (like mine) you won’t need to include a seam allowance. If your skirt is knit, leave about 1/2″ around the edge of your skirt so you can sew it up and not lose any width. Either way, you won’t need to worry about adding length for a hem–we aren’t going to have one (hurray)!
- Cut two waistband pieces that are about 1″ shorter than the width of the skirt at the top and about 4-1/2″ tall. Now we’re ready to sew!
- Start by sewing a row of stretch lace to the bottom of one skirt panel so most of the lace is below the edge of the knit.
- Sew additional rows of lace to the skirt as desired until you like how it looks. I did three rows, and only sewed the top edge of the lace to the skirt. Now repeat for the other panel, making sure your rows of lace will align with the other panel.
- Fold and press one waistband piece in half, then pin it to the top of your skirt with the raw edges aligned, stretching the waistband piece slightly so the ends meet up. Now sew and press!
- Sew a row of stretch lace to the waistband on both the top and bottom edges.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the back panel.
- Now you’re ready to sew your skirt together! Pin your skirt sides together making sure the rows of lace align, then sew and press.
Ta Da! Now dress it up or dress it down–either way you’re super comfy and looking all put together!