With stretchy lace and some jersey knit, this skirt may look dressy, but is so easy to pull on (no zipper!) and stretches with you as you move. Perfect for church, where you are dressed like you plan on sitting still for multiple hours, but end up bending, squatting, lifting 30 lb children, and sweating. All while trying to keep your knees together and your heels on.
I snagged this lace down in LA for $2 a yard. For a year it just sat in my fabric closet being stared at and caressed (serious), but never cut into and sewn. I needed the right color to wear under it. Finally I just decided to dye some white jersey myself to get the color that I needed, using this technique.
If you are trying to achieve this color, only use the teensiest bit of the Sunshine Orange. Like, 1/4 tsp. If it needs more, add a few drops at a time because it switches to a dark green very quickly. (always test a swatch first)
Click through below for the tutorial…
1 yard of stretchy lace, prewashed (you can usually find a good selection here)
1 yard of jersey knit, prewashed (find lots here)
Tracing paper (if needed)
Double needle (optional)
Dye (if needed)
Start by using an existing pencil skirt as a pattern and trace all pieces to the skirt using some tracing paper. Make sure to leave room for seam allowances and length for hemming.
Cut out the pattern for your skirt twice, with the lace and with the knit.
*word to the wise: I ironed my pieces flat, seam allowances flat, when hemming, etc. Make sure that your iron isn’t too hot! Test out on a section of extra lace before ironing because if it is too hot it will melt the fabric.
Lay the top and underlay waistband pieces on top of each other, then stitch up the sides, right sides together.
Stitch up the sides of the lace and underlay skirt sections separately. Slide the lace skirt section over the underlay.
Take your waistband and fold it in half all around (see picture 2). Pin right sides facing out to the outside of the top of the skirt, with raw edges all matching up (see picture 4). Serge or zig zag stitch. (you need this stitching to stretch)
Fold the bottom of the skirt under (mine was 3/4″) and stitch with single or double needle. Make sure to do this to the lace and underlay sections separately.