My first lace skirt came to a very sorry end. I caught the skirt on a drawer handle. The Dinosaurs are extinct.
However I got the lace bug and decided to have another go.
The previous copy of a RTW pattern has been binned. Although it was handy, and economical, to have a pattern that only required one piece, it led to other problems. This time I made used my skirt block, suppressing the front darts and making it flared. The back I flared slightly too, but left two darts for my curved derriere. With a CB seam I had more luck with the zip and hang of the skirt at the back.
I chose guipure lace again as I want to conquer this type of fabric before I return to the dino-lace.
I chose a strong colour thinking it ideal for summer at work. I hoped that teal “peacock” green it might match my Westwood copy jacket. I bought it online from cheapfabrics, and was disappointed with the quality. Some of the embroidery was missing and the edges of the piece were really crushed. Overall it was cut badly on the slant, and was barely a full metre. I had already started cutting out when I found the problem and didn’t have the energy to complain or send it back. I pressed it carefully and managed to get the skirt cut out and I darned the hole.
This is one of the downsides of buying on the internet. At least in the shop I watch the fabric being measured and cut. If there is a problem I normally take it anyway asking for (and always getting) a little extra cloth or a discount. I am pleased to tell you that Nick Sabin, the owner of cheapfabrics, immediately responded to my complaint by offering my a further half metre, free of charge. Which I thought was very reasonable. I didn’t just buy half a metre, I bought two. More of that later.
I put the dark green over lots of different backings – navy, white, pink, bright blue, green, yellow and beige. The option I liked best was the white as it made the skirt look more vibrant. But all of the effects were nice! This is one of the most exciting things about lace – that it enables you to create your own personal fabric. I mounted the lace on white silk organza and finally lined using a shiny, synthetic, brilliant white lining fabric.
I took the advice of Demented Fairy and Mrs Mole and used an iron on interfacing before putting in the invisible zip. This helped keep it nice and stable. You will see that my pattern matching is OK rather than perfect but I am learning! Obviously the white looks really obvious at this stage, but it blends in once the skirt is lined. Having the organza made all the difference. I attached the organza to the lace by stitching it all over with a green thread, Just a running or back-stitch, catching the motifs to the fabric. This means the lace is much less likely to catch on knobs and brackets.
The lining is put in at the end, attached just at the waist and (by hand) around the zip.
The reason I chose this lace was because I had had trouble with the dino-lace hem. I wanted a nice motif at the bottom of the skirt. Here you can see the organza comes well below the motifs. After attaching them to the silk I trimmed the organza away.
Lining and waist band
I used a broad piece of gros grain, as before, instead of a waist band. This is a comfortable finish and catches in the lining neatly.
Anyway I wore it to work. It felt nice and swishy, but heavyish at the same time. I really liked the colour over white and a few people said how nice it looked. I made the lining knee-length with a view to the edging just coming over it, but I think I made it a little bit long (I may alter it by lifting it from the waist up). I will make the final version end at the knee even if the lining has to be above the knee. I think I will keep going with a few lace items as I found it a challenging but rewarding project.
Lesley of Sewniptuck recommended a Craftsy class on lace, and Gail of My fabrication told me she listens to her downloaded lessons in hotel rooms when travelling. I have never tried one before, so I will purchase it and give you some feedback. My only experience with online classes was a rather poor Burda class. I hope I will change my mind after watching this one.