Chevron Effect Lace Skirt

I have wanted to try this type of chevron effect for several years. Stripes are fun to be creative with but sometimes challenging to sew. This wavy lace from Mood Fabrics wasn’t difficult at all, though, because it’s a medium weight and kept its shape when sewn in bias form. It also had the cutest wavy black edges that I wasn’t able to use for this garment.

black and white chevron lace skirt

The pattern I used had straight grain arrows on the paper, so first I had to draw in the bias grainline that I wanted. I did that with a drafting triangle left over from a college blueprint class. Then I determined where I wanted my center front – in the middle of one of the black zigs – and lined up my newly drawn grainline. I didn’t want any tiny bits of black or white to show up in the corners. After the first piece was cut I flipped it over and used it to cut a mirror piece for the other side. I cut my back pieces the same way, being careful to start the center back in the same spot as the center front. The sides match up horizontally but not completely vertically because the side seams are at a slight angle.

black and white chevron lace skirt

Obviously, being lace, I had to have some sort of lining or underlining. Fortuitously, I happened to lay the lace over a beige skirt I needed to iron on my ironing board. Black, white and beige go together so nicely and it doesn’t distract from the skirt design. I used a thin cotton blend bought locally and cut it out using the original straight grainlines printed on the pattern. All the lace pieces were underlined before being stitched together.

black and white chevron lace skirt

I had intended to use an underlined piece of lace for the waistband as well, but none of the lines matched up and I didn’t like the effect. Instead I used a piece of 2″ petersham grosgrain ribbon from my stash. It was stitched along the bottom of the ribbon to the inside of the skirt, then folded over and carefully stitched to the outside along the same row of stitching.

black and white chevron lace skirt

I chose not to line this skirt and finished all the seams with my overlocking foot. The black tab of my invisible zipper disappears into the black of the lace at the top side seam. For the hem, I cut facings from the beige underlining. Since I needed to attach the hem by hand in order to not catch the outer lace, I used hem lace at the edge of the facing and whipstitched. I find my whipstitching always looks nicer with hem lace.

black and white chevron lace skirt

Here are a few more dressform pictures of the front, side and back:

black and white chevron lace skirt
black and white chevron lace skirt
black and white chevron lace skirt

I used Simplicity 2314 for this project. This is a simple pattern with a waistband, which pattern companies strangely don’t seem to include on most skirt patterns.

I like my new skirt a lot! Black and white is very trendy right now, but it’s also a classic color combination. I have a large remnant left over so you might just this fabric again soon!

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Comments


  • Peter
    June 27, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful job with that lace!

  • Serenity
    June 27, 2013

    That is so ridiculously adorable…. AND… seasonless

  • Janette
    June 27, 2013

    Amazing. So, so, creative and, as always, the fit is perfect.

  • Ginger
    June 27, 2013

    This is so pretty! I love that you put your own spin on the chevron skirts that are so popular lately– it’s really a unique look with the lace!

  • Carolyn
    June 27, 2013

    The skirt is stunning and so on trend! Fabulous!

  • Angie
    June 27, 2013

    Just brilliant! Love it.

  • Elizabeth
    June 27, 2013

    Stunning fabric and stunning skirt!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 27, 2013

    Clever, creative and chic! It definitely has a wow factor!

  • Greta abrigo
    June 27, 2013

    The skirts is perfect! I love it

  • Karen
    June 27, 2013

    That is AMAZING!! Gorgeous! Great job! Thank you for sharing!

    • Amanda S.
      June 27, 2013

      Thanks so much Karen!

  • kaitui_kiwi
    June 27, 2013

    Oh wow I have this EXACT same lace, but in pink and white, in my stash. I got it at Fabric-a-brac, which is a huge charity fabric sale that happens a few times a year here in NZ. All the fabrics are donated so I had no idea where it was from or the content, only that it was funky and I wanted it! I love it, was thinking about either a groovy mod style dress, or something with a modern twist one day. So funny to see it here and as a skirt, it looks great :)

    • Amanda S.
      June 27, 2013

      Yours sounds like a really fun fabric! I had a hard time deciding to go ahead with the idea for this skirt because the bottom wavy edge was so neat and I couldn’t include it.

  • Milena
    June 27, 2013

    Simply amazing! A great example of what beautiful, bold fabric and a good eye for symmetry can do for a simple pattern.

  • Lori
    June 27, 2013

    This is gorgeous, Amanda,wonderful use of the fabric.

  • Wendy
    June 28, 2013

    WOW! STUNNING!

  • Rachel In Red
    June 28, 2013

    Gorgeous skirt!

  • Erica B.
    June 29, 2013

    Gorgeous! The perfect marriage of fabric and design!

  • Cissie
    July 1, 2013

    LOVE this skirt. Perfect fit, perfect fabric, perfect execution. Must you always be perfect???!!!
    And adorable birthday cakes, to boot! Can you do a Mater cake for me???

  • Bonnie F
    July 1, 2013

    Such a beautiful skirt! How much fabric did you use in order to match up the pattern?

    • Amanda S.
      July 1, 2013

      Thanks Bonnie! I got 1.5 yards and have a really big remnant left over.

  • karina
    July 1, 2013

    Hi, the skirt looks beautiful!!!
    How many yards did you use?

    • Amanda S.
      July 1, 2013

      Thank you Karina! I got 1.5 yards. It’s a wide fabric so I had plenty left over.

  • Carolyn boland
    July 4, 2013

    Fabulous….perfection!