One of my recent fabric purchases was some mint green cotton lace which I fell in love with despite not really being either a lace or pastel person. So I wanted to use the fabric in a way that was me and decided on a simple skirt from BurdaStyle 03/2013 - 109, underlined in black silk satin.
I did have moments of thinking it looked a bit like a crocheted tablecloth from my 70's childhood, but now it is finished I am really pleased with it.
I used interlining rather than lining so that you would not see any of the seams through the lace so although this is a simple skirt it was a bit time consuming. (I didn't use Burda's instructions which from a quick glance I think have you put strips of the lining fabric on the edges of the lace and then make a lining as normal.) I used the same method Amanda
did when she made her lace skirt, except I didn't add a lining as well, instead just hand stitching the seam allowances to the interlining for a neat finish on the inside. Since the interlining hangs free at the hem and is shorter than the skirt to allow the lace to show at the hem, handling the interlining at the bottom of the side seams was a bit fiddly and had to be finished by hand, mine is a bit wonky on the inside.
Instead of adding a waistband I fused a piece of stay tape to the top of the skirt, stitched on some grosgrain ribbon, folded it over and hand stitched it to the interlining.
The only other change I made was to peg in the hem a bit, I did my best to match the pattern at the side seams, but fit was a bigger priority so it isn't perfect, but definitely good enough as you can see from the photo of the seam on the inside above.
Despite the fact this is a lace skirt I think it will be wearable either dressed up or down. Here is the dressed up version - I wore the skirt last night to a Chinese wedding reception with a black silk jacket (Butterick 5186, now out of print - wow, I made this 5 years ago!
) and a mint green necklace.
Congratulations, I love it.ReplyDelete
Its a lovely skirt (so is the blouse). Great idea to underline it.ReplyDelete
You look just perfect. I like the skirt!ReplyDelete
I love it and I agree with you it can be played up or down :-) I also really like your outfit for the reception.ReplyDelete
You look very elegant!ReplyDelete
The skirt is georgous and absolute perfect and so elegant and you matched the perfect shoes and a perfect blouse to make it a very stylish and not too madame-like outfit- hot!ReplyDelete
It is lovely. I am a big fan of lace, so I am always happy when it is part of the latest fashion (although I admit that choosing a pattern for the lace and pattern can make or break the end result). After seeing your skirt I think I really need a lace skirt too (a dress is not enough ;)) You look wonderful.ReplyDelete
Lovely outfit. The top is so classic, unlikely ever to date.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! I love the way he black satin makes the lace pop. And pegging the bottom of the skirt a little is a small but effective tweak. So pretty!ReplyDelete
So pretty, it looks so elegant on you, very nice job.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, and such great styling! Your layered necklace picks up the bead motif int he lace. Great.ReplyDelete
Allison it's beautiful and you styled it just perfectly with that necklace.ReplyDelete
This is great, I love this! You are so right, using lace like this makes it wearable even for a non-lace person. Great idea to use the interlining! I will definitely copy this if I ever find the right kind of lace for me ;-)ReplyDelete
Lovely skirt, Allison!ReplyDelete
Beautiful skirt. Thank you for sharing how you constructed the skirt and how you styled it.ReplyDelete
Very chic! I love how you used the black lining to give it some edge. Beautiful skirt.ReplyDelete
Awesome! Love the lace you chose. I just make this skirt recently too! I agree it takes more time to finish it than you would expect, but I think the results come out quite nice. Your version looks spectacular!ReplyDelete
A lovely version of an up to the minute look. And how I miss those Chinese weddings!ReplyDelete
Wow, your skirt is gorgeous and unique. It looks great accessorized with the necklace.ReplyDelete
I left quite a bunch of comments telling you how I love the garments you make, so this time I'll just say - damn you, woman, you're so lucky that you live far away, as I'd totally sneak into your house and steal everything from your closet!ReplyDelete
WOW! Simply beautiful ... JReplyDelete
What a pretty skirt and a great use of the fabric!ReplyDelete
This is just lovely. Thank you for the construction details too which are bookmarked already :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful outfit! I love the black under the lace and the jacket is perfect.ReplyDelete
Your dressed up photos are stunning. I have a few pieces of lace in my stash with thoughts of the same kind of skirt - thanks for the great inside out photos, it looks as pretty inside as out :)ReplyDelete
It looks stunning...!ReplyDelete
Love the look. Thanks for the information on your finishes. This is very helpful in case I ever get caught up with the trends!ReplyDelete
I love lace pencil skirts, but often wonder what I would wear with them. I scrolled down to the bottom of your post knowing you often include a picture of you wearing the garment. I wasn't disappointed. Your skirt looks so chic and elegant paired with the black jacket.ReplyDelete
Very pretty. Love the contrast of the interlining - it makes the lace pop.ReplyDelete
great skirt, AllisonReplyDelete
I like how your wear it, the blouse is cute too.
Love, love, love this, Allison! And you look fab in it. Well done you.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! So, so gorgeous. I love it!ReplyDelete
I am completely and utterly in love with this skirt and its fit--beautiful!ReplyDelete
I really admire your taste and skills. A lace skirt is high on my want list.ReplyDelete
The skirt is lovely! I've been seeing a lot of lace these days and have been trying to think how I could use it.ReplyDelete
I think you need to give me style advice.
This is such a lovely outfit. I will certainly use Amanda's method in future lace projects.ReplyDelete
This is just too pretty! I have a meter of lace, that I didn´t know what to use it for. Thank you for the inspitation!ReplyDelete
Nice skirt! I just finished a lace skirt too and my teenage boys were 'oh tablecloth' too! lol until it was finished. Now they think it is stylish, just like yours.ReplyDelete