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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

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As a self-taught seamstress, I love sharing the things I learned or the tips I (re)invented. 

If you're into learning how to sew a trendy lace skirt, keep reading...
1. Use any basic skirt pattern that you like. I had one from Burda Magazine, a very easy to sew skirt pattern. Depending on your lace color, sew the skirt from a bright fabric. Here I used a tourquise sateen.
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2. Get a nice cotton lace. Enjoy what you've found as much as I did :P
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3. Now, in order to make a clean seam, follow this trick: Before you sew the lace band onto the skirt, sew a fusible interlining over the side of the lace band - sew it on the right side of the lace.
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4. Now fold the interlining backwards and pin it onto the skirt. 
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5. Sew it slowly onto the skirt
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6. Before you get on with the second line of lace, be very careful on where you place them.   Try to find the most practical method for you. Either mark the spaces in between or follow the lace pattern. I did the latter. Place them carefully on top of the previous lace band and follow the above mentioned steps. 
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7. Since I like my zippers on the side, I had to sew lace bands one by one both on the front and back skirt parts. But I could have put the zipper at the back and worry about matching seam lines of the lace bands only once. But it was a learning by doing experience for me. So, if you're going to follow my tutorial, consider that in mind before you start your project.
The downside of sewing them one by one on both sides separately is that you have to worry about matching the seam lines twice. 
The upside of following this method is that you'll end up with a sharp pencil skirt look, instead of a "lambada skirt" look-alike :) (a.k.a. the hideous fashionable trend of my teenage years!)
Pay special attention to matching the bands properly. 
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8. Once again, my inability to plan and shop properly gave me trouble in the middle of the project... I ran out of lace bands! - a watch and learn grasshopper note to myself do make your planning more properly! - So, instead of putting it aside and wait for another weekend to go to the city centre, I gave the waistband another twist.  
I had this gorgeous looking silver ribbons left from another project. 
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And I thought it was a good idea to stitch them on the missing bits :)
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What do you think? Did I pull it off? 
Visit this post to see more from this project. 
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