Lace Skirt

laceskirtfront1Hi there – as we just had ‘difficult fabrics’ week on the Great British Sewing Bee, there has been a lot of lace about. It is (honestly) completely a coincidence that I have made a lace skirt!

I started looking at lace skirts last year and I really liked the way lace was being layered over solid colours. I like the contrast of different textures and patterns and the element of transparency. But I had never sewed with lace so I wasn’t sure how to proceed.

I pinned a few examples for inspirationlaceskirtsWhite Tree Fabrics have a huge selection of lace and they supplied all the lace for the Sewing Bee pencil skirt challenge this week. I got a selection of samples and I chose this corded lace. I liked the texture of the corded flowers – for the colour I didn’t think twice, I am with Neil – if it’s lace it has to be black!

The lace I chose has a lot of body and I found that pleating it created too much volume at my waist – for an alternative with more drape that could be pleated or gathered I really like this lace.

For the inner skirt I wanted something quite slinky and I chose this crepe backed satin.

So I was looking for a simple shape without pleats or darts – similar to the black and white skirt above. I went back to my TNT skirt pattern – New Look 6843, which I have now made many times – see here and here. I went for View D which is a flared skirt with no darts.

laceskirtside2I cut the skirt twice – in lace and again in crepe backed satin and sewed them as two separate skirts joined at the waistband. The satin had a tendency to fray so I serged around all the edges before sewing it together. The lace is actually quite sturdy and surprisingly solid when you cut it. I went for the very easy option and simply used the overlocker for all the seams – you will see the seams on the right side whatever you do but I think a french seam would have added too much bulk. The serged seam is narrow and holds everything together neatly. I had to adjust the tension slightly but apart from that I had no problems sewing the lace. I sewed a centred zipper into the satin underskirt and then secured the lace overskirt around the zip with handstitching.

For the outer hem I just cut the scalloped border from the edges of the lace and sewed it to the bottom of the overskirt using a narrow zigzag. This was a surprisingly easy solution though I doubt it would win any prizes on the sewing bee. The satin skirt was serged along the edge first and then turned up and machine stitched.

laceskirtfront6Overall I was surpised how easy this was to sew! I think that the heavier flowers really helped as it gives the stitches plenty to hold onto – much easier than trying to sew onto a more open lace pattern. It’s good to know that lace doesn’t always have to be tricky!

Other White Tree bloggers have also been working with lace recently – I really like Amy’s teal dress and Sam’s pyjamas and t-shirt.

I received the fabric free of charge from White Tree Fabrics as part of their blog network. I provided pattern and notions and my own opinions.

So – who else has sewn with lace and how did you find it?

 

 

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. stitchedupsam says:

    I love your lace skirt! Thank you for linking to my pj’s and t-shirt.

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  2. qplourde says:

    Haven’t tried lace yet – but after seeing your skirt, it’s giving me a reason to try! I like the material you used – seems like you could dress it up with a fancy top and also wear it as a normal everyday skirt as well. Very beautiful.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! I was a bit nervous but this lace was quite easy to sew with – it is a simple style so I think you could wear it anytime!
      Louise

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  3. Zoe says:

    Great job on the skirt, I’ve been meaning to make a lace skirt for ages but all the lace I’ve found so far is too “grandma”, yours is lovely though 🙂

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  4. I love how you have got the fullness with this skirt, it looks so pretty but the black has given it just the right amount of edge. I’ve never sewn with lace before but your skirt has given me the urge to give it a try! X

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! This lace was very easy to sew – if I did it again I would use the drapier type though so I could add pleats

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