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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.