Today my mom and I made this super cute and super easy skirt. There’s no pattern required for this one either. Here’s how we did it!
I started out with some supplies from my mom’s sewing room: Stretchy lace, thick elastic, lining (poly Inter-lock, which my mom didn’t have so I bought it), and thread.
My lining was 60″ wide (from selvage to selvage) and the lace was 45″ wide. You’ll want the stretch of the fabric to go from side to side instead of up and down, and the stretch of fabric goes from selvage to selvage. 60″ wide lining was the perfect size for my hips, but I needed the lace to be wider, so we cut a front and back piece. We did this by using the 60″ lining as a guide, it was folded in half (selvages together) which made it a 30″ guide. We placed it on top of the lace, making sure the stretch was going in the correct direction, and cut the pieces 30 1/2″ wide. The extra 1/2″ is for a seam allowance.
So now we have one 60″ wide lining and two 30 1/2″ wide lace pieces. You can make the length as long or short as you like. Mine was about 3/4 of a yard long.
Now you serge the two sides of the lace together. Make sure you have the outside pattern on the inside when you’re sewing it together, so when you turn it right side out… the right sides are out. Also, if you don’t have a serger, just zig-zag stitch it or use an over cast stitch on your sewing machine.
Do the same with the lining, except you’ll just fold it in half and serge the one edge.
Here are the pieces all serged. As you can see, the left side of the lining is folded and the right is serged.
And for the lace, both the left and right sides are serged.
Now turn them right side out and stick the lining inside the lace, then pin and baste stitch them together along the top. Having the lining and lace basted together will make things easier when you sew them to the elastic.
Note: I’m using a size 11 Ball Needle for this part. My mom taught me today how important it is to get an appropriate needle for your project, I’ll be writing another post about this topic soon.
Why should you care what my mom thinks about needles? because she taught herself to sew as a young girl and has learned a ton over the years. She has also worked as a manager of a fabric store for several years, and occasionally teaches sewing classes. She’s an expert.
Now you wrap the elastic around your waist and determine how long it needs to be. After that, sew the ends together by laying one end on top of the other. Use an elastic stitch or a zig-zag stitch, and sew a couple of rows across it. Then try it on and make sure it fits perfectly. I did not try it on… and mine is a little too big.
Note: I used a size 14 Stretch Needle. You need a thicker needle with the thick elastic.
What you’re gonna do is stretch it from pin to pin and sew a zig-zag or elastic stitch across it. This was a little difficult for me, but I managed.
You can finish it off by serging the bottom of the lining and hemming the lace, which is what I was going to do until my mom broke out the lace trim.
Another idea is to make the lining shorter than the lace. I was going to do this, but we decided the long lining looks better when there’s lace trim along the bottom.
I’m not even divorced yet.
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