June 12, 2010

Lace Skirt Tutorial

This skirt is so cute and also surprisingly comfortable. It's simple enough to be accesorized but pretty enough to be topped off with a comfy white cami. I made this skirt on my own and it was SUPER simple.. My bestie asked for a tutorial! So this is technically my first written tutorial. I'm sorry that there are no pictures of the process, I don't have enough material anymore. So I'll do the best I can to make this simple. (also sorry for the underlining, I can't make it stop for some reason.) ALSO: this tutorial is long, but only because I assume the people reading this are noobs. It's actually quite simple.


About 1-2 yards of lace (the kind that comes on the reams, depending on the measurement of your hips)
About 1-2 yards of satin-y polyester fabric or cotton (the polyester looks professional but the cotton stays put) pink looks cute with white or cream lace
About 1 yard of 2.5-3 in elastic
And all the sewing goodies (sewing machine, pen, chalk, scissors, etc)

NOTE: I would recommend having both black and white thread handy. It's kind of a hassle but it makes the skirt look nearly seamless and pretty professional looking.

STEP ONE: Cutting

1. Take the measurement of the THICKEST part of your body. This happens to be my thigh/butt/waist area. You want to make sure to take measurement of this part or else you'll rip the skirt putting it on (I've done this numerous times). Write it down on a handy-dandy random piece of paper. (add 1 inch)
2. Now take the measurement of how long you want the skirt to be. I went from high-waist to mid-thigh which was approx. 20 inches or something. You should also write this down(add one inch)
What you'll be doing is cutting out rectangles with the waist as the length and the skirt length as the width (that sounds confusing, but really, use your head).
3. Take your base fabric (polyester or cotton) and cut out a rectangle as noted in the line prior to this one. Make sure to have that additional one inch as seam allowance, or else your skirt will be too snug and too short after you sew.
4. Now it's the lace's turn. MAKE SURE NOT TO UNFOLD THE LACE. When you get it cut at the store, it should be folded in half (hotdog way). It should also have a scalloping at the bottom. Keep the lace folded and cut the lace with the same measurements as the base fabric, with the scalloping at the bottom still (this adds a little interest to the skirt and is also so you don't have to hem. Hemming lace is a pain).
5. Take the elastic and wrap it around your under-bust (or where you want the skirt to start). Cut so that it's a bit snug but not like, hurting you or anything.
As a rule, clothes shouldn't hurt. Just sayin.
You're now finished cutting. You should have 4 pieces: 2 lace, 1 base, and 1 elastic.
Step Two: Sewing

Use WHITE thread for steps 1, 2, and 4
1. First, we'll be hemming the base fabric. Lay the fabric right-side down. Fold one of the long sides down 1/2 of an inch and iron to crease. Fold it again about 1/2 an inch so that the rough edge is not showing. Iron that down too! Sew along this edge at 1/4 seam allowance.
2. Flip it back to be right side facing you. Lay both layers of the lace on top of the base fabric. Use a standard stitch at the very top (1/4 inch) to combine the 3 pieces. Now you have a boxy looking thing.
3. This part is a bit tricky and I don't know how to help with it but I'll try. You are now going to sew the elastic band to the boxy thing with BLACK thread on a ZIG-ZAG stitch. You want to make sure that each end of the elastic matches the sides of the box. Now, the box is supposed to be longer than the elastic so what you'll need to do is try to gather the box just slightly to make it evenly fit the elastic.
I do this by pinning each end to the sides of the box and then finding the halves of and pinning until I find it easy to sew. If that makes sense. Sew together after pinning, stretching the elastic ever so gently to avoid plaiting.
4. Now back to WHITE thread. Fold the skirt right-sides together to make a tube-skirt sort of thing. Align the edges (make sure the bottom of the skirt matches up)_and sew with another ZIG-ZAG stitch along the side at a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Well, pretty much. Try it on! It should fit. In theory. But you know, stuff happens.

2 comments on "Lace Skirt Tutorial"

Riechan on June 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM said...

cute! thanks for the tutorial ^^

Anonymous said...

This looks very cute and i would really love to make this but your tutorial is kind of confusing =(

Also i cant tell ho the skirt looks like in detail..Do you think you can put up a better picture and clearer instructions please?
I don't mean to offend i just really like your skirt and wish to make one =)
Thank you =)

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