+ DIY modern pleated lace skirt


I’m in a little competition series over at Project Sewn…please go vote! There are a lot of amazing talented ladies I can’t even believe it.

I’ve always been inspired by the 50s and 60s, as mostly every woman on the earth that loves to be feminine. There is something about the full skirts and heels that can really making a person feel beautiful. Hence, an homage to the decade. In particular, Sophia Loren. I found her posing few lace dresses, and I instantly had to replicate. I couldn’t narrow it down to any specific movie or event, for her style is the essence of “woman”. Though I’m lacking the curves the possessed, I still wanted to tackle a fuller pleated lace skirt.

But with a modern twist.

I decided to make this a skirt top combo and make the top a baseball tee (tutorial here, but add lace to the front panel), slipping in some lace and knit (tutorial here, make pleats 2″ wide instead). I paired it with a lace pleated number with a much shorter lining to mimic the a fun sheer overlay effect. I grabbed the baseball tee tutorial here (but added the lace overlay) and the skirt was inspired by this  tutorial here (but made the pleats 2″ and added a metal zipper instead of a wrap…check the pictures below to see the changes from the original DIY).

Supplies – determine how much material you need in step 1 and 3…all body types are different so I can’t determine how much you will need exactly. Depends on you!

Use this tutorial to help you with a lot of these steps if you need extra help!

1. Pleat your lace 2″ wide with this measurement.


2. When installing the band (4″ wide as long as your waist +3/4″ to 1″ for seam allowance/zipper) sew it to the skirt first, RST (outsides touching).  If you want to add interfacing do it now.


3. Make a lining, something stretching and comfy. Make sure it can go over your hips easy. Have it be a A-line shape and have it hit above your knee. make sure one side of your lining is open for easier installation. Where as your lace will hit 4 or 5″ below that for the modern sheer look. To install it, attach it to the un-sewn part of your band, RST. then flip it inside the skirt. Pin the band together, and topstitch down 1/8″ off the seam. Cramming all the extra seam allowances and whatnot into the waist band to be topstitched into the band.


4. Add a zipper like so. Putting the outside, right side of the zipper to the opening on the right side. sewing just off the teeth. Then repeat with the other side. Hem lining or skirt if wanted. I didn’t because knit doesn’t fray and I liked the edge of the lace.


5. Sew up the the rest of the side of the skirt like so. Then sew up the side of the lining.



  1. definitely making this – i even have the same lace! ((but not so sure this would be appropriate at wedding like you mentioned on fbook! haha))

  2. marjolein says:

    Love the skirt and the clear tutorial! definitely going on the to do list! And you’ve got my vote!

  3. so cute!! you have a fantastic style!


  4. OH how I envy your every so beautiful DIYs! This skirt is amazing, and you look wonderful wearing it :) xo

    You’ve also got my vote 😉 Good luck with the competition!

  5. I totally thought this was a dress! I love that it’s not – it has all the class and style of a lovely dress, but I imagine it’s very comfy :) Lovely job!

  6. Carli Jo says:

    Where are those shoes from?! I am currently in a similar pair but in black from Madewell!

  7. You did such a fabulous job! I love love love the cream lace. So feminine! Totally Sophia!

  8. I voted for you!!!! :) <3 your blog!!!!

  9. Gorgeous Liz! It’s justlovely!

  10. For some reason I completely stopped sewing after I had my son (a year and a half ago). Catching up on your blog these past few weeks has totally re-inspired me. I can’t thank you enough!! I love love love all of your creations!

  11. Beautiful! I love the entire look. I also need to beg and plead for you to reveal where you found those shoes–they’re totally dreamy.

  12. You look so feminine, absolutely in love with this look!


  13. So feminine and pretty Liz! I am obsessed with your shoes too! Where are they from?

    XO, K

  14. love your work!!

  15. Beautiful look! Love your shoes :)


  16. I love it.

  17. Beautiful Skirt and love the shoes….

  18. Lovely skirt… But what does the abbreviation you’ve mentioned a couple of times, RST mean? I’m going to try sewing this but dont understand the abbreviation.

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