As you know from yesterday's post, I finished the white underskirt and black and white polka dot tulle ruffled overlay. Today, I am on to the 3rd skirt. A creamy lace overlay, utilizing the same white underskirt from yesterday.
This really might be one of the easiest skirts I've ever sewn.
I simply took my widest hip measurement, added a few inches, laid the lace folded over evenly (keeping the decorative edge on the bottom), and cut the dimensions I wanted for two panels.
Since the lace was folded over evenly, I just snipped at the fold to reveal two matching pieces for front and back.
At this point I should have sewn one of the sides of the skirt together before sewing over the elastic casing...but I was evidently too immersed in my project to think...so I sewed the elastic casing on first, to each of the two panels.
Have you ever sewn lace on lace? I haven't. It's a little slippery as you can imagine. So what worked for me was to lay the elastic down under the casing and just keep it there while sewing right next to it as a guide (not directly on the elastic).
When I was finished, I simply slipped the elastic back out.
And it worked for me so well that I used it as a form of stability when sewing the two sides of my skirt together (right sides together)...like this:
And when I was finished with one side of the skirt, I switched it to the other. It worked like a charm. Kept the lace in place, just where I wanted it.
Here is the skirt turned right side out. It's now ready for the elastic.I threaded the elastic through with my handy dandy extra large safety pin.
And when I had pulled the elastic all the way through, I brought the ends together (wrong sides together).
And after sewing it together, flattened it and used a zig zag stitch to secure.
I slipped it back in the lace and did a little zig zag stitch right over the top of the opening. You can barely even see it. And since I plan on not tucking anything in to this skirt, what you can see doesn't matter.
Flash back to yesterday's t-shirt-to-skirt reconstruction...
This interchangeable skirt will now go underneath this lacy skirt overlay.
Kind of has an antique feel.
I have two more skirts lined up for this summer but still need to come up with the right designs for the fabric...but for today, I have to make a visit to Remlinger Farms to check on my shop inventory and see if any of my pillows, baby bibs/burp cloth sets, or aprons have sold!
Ciao for now!