Here is a quick skirt that is can be pretty for those important events or sexy for your valentine’s day date thanks to the lace’s sheer edge replacing the hem. You can even switch out the lining to be a funky color to make it really stand out or find really interesting lace. I found this 3D material at the thrift store as curtains and instantly fell in love…The color is so pretty and the fuzzy scalloped pattern is so interested. Not sure if it is classified as lace, but that is the fun party – its funky and unique. I’m also planning on making a fun swing raglan top with the remaining material and I’m so dang excited. Now get started and get sexy!
yard or so of lace fabric (I made mine for curtains thrifted at DI)
yard or so of lining fabric (make this a knit, I like a tricot lining)
skirt you like the fit of, one that isn’t too penciled-this tutorial doesn’t have a vent for walking ease
-mine is a tighter at the knees A-line, but not 100% pencil. If you want a pencil, make it shorter.
zipper – invisible or regular (mine was a pink metal zipper)
1. Cut out the skirt and lining by tracing using another skirt as your guide (you can see the original marking in the lining. I actually made the lining a bit more snug because it stretches and I didn’t want any bunchiness underneath that you can see through the skirt.
2. Sew up the sides of both the inside skirt and lace leaving the length of the zipper unsewn on one side. I made both have the zipper on the left side, and the lining’s raw sewn edges will be inside the skirt (so make sure the opening of the zipper will be on the right side so when the skirt is all sewn up the raw edges are hidden in the skirt).
3. Take the lining fabric which will be right side out and slide it into the opening of the lace fabric which will be inside out. Make sure the raw edges of the lining’s seams are hidden inside the skirt touching the raw edges of the lace. Pin and sew the top
4. Flip the lining out and over the lace (it should be a little tighter the lace because it is knit and you don’t want it to bunch) and pulled down at least 1.5″ to 2″ for the waist band. Your skirt and lining wrong sides (the side with the raw edges) will be touching and the right sides will be the outside and inside of the skirt (side that touches your legs). Pin in place.
5. Install the zipper by aligning the top of the left side of the zipper to the top of the fold on the outside of the lace about 1/2″ to 3/4″ – depending on the how deep your seam is on the bottom side seam of the skirt – remember the waist band where the few inches are folded to the inside are still there).
6. Once you have installed both side, fold the zipper inside and trim the lining mine up better with the zipper.
7. Make sure when you fold the zipper inside you fold the top non-metal teeth part under so it touches the zipper and the lining.
8. Then fold the lining 1/2″ or so, then lay it up to line up just to the zipper’s teeth down to the zipper’s end.
9. Now topstitch the waistband down to mae the waist band. Stretch the knit lining as you go.
10. Instead of hemming, cut out the edge of the lace.
11. Then cut the lining to be a few inches or so shorter then the edge of the lace. If you are using Knit, then you don’t have to worry about hemming. You can hem if you want at least an inch.