Friday, June 14, 2013

D.I.Y Lace Panel Skirt

This is the perfect DIY for a rainy day, simple, easy, and quick!

I had this plain skirt lying around, that I picked up for 1 pound in London when I studied abroad. I usually don't wear colors too much and since its super plain, so I decided to do something with it to spice it up a little. To make it a little more fun, I added some lace panels, and it took me less than an hour, start to finish!

First, find a lace trim, as wide as you want it, somewhere between 5 and 8 inches would be ideal. Just remember, the wider the lace is the more skin you'll be showing!

You will need two pieces of the lace, slightly longer than the width of your skirt, as well as a plain jersey skirt with some stretch. The stretchiness of the fabric enables you to alter it slightly without worrying too much about fit, or seam allowance.

1. Fold the lace in half and lay it against the side seam of your skirt to make sure you remove the correct amount of the skirt fabric, so that you don't alter the fit of the skirt!

2. Using tailors chalk, or a light pencil, trace the placement of the lace and keeping the skirt front and skirt back even, and cut a straight line following this line.

3. Turn the skirt inside out, or rather since it is now a rectangle, just place it face down and pin the right side of the lace to the right side of one end of your skirt. Sew a straight line from top to bottom, I sewed at 1/2 inch. Repeat this to attach the lace to the other side of the skirt, be sure that the right sides are together so that the seam allowance is on the inside. 

4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 on the other side of the skirt, and trim the excess lace. You don't have to worry about hemming the lace, but it may tear slightly with normal wear. However, it should not run or tear the length of the lace. To avoid small tears at the edge, you can hem the skirt.


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