DVF Cotton Lace Skirt

Just a skirt?…… Not to me!

When the DVF floral bordered cotton lace arrived on my doorstep last Spring from Mood Fabrics, I knew it deserved the royal treatment, but I didn’t expect this special fabric to be in queue for nearly a year.

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Greetings from Scottsdale, Arizona, the new hometown of my daughter and son-in-law.  It’s only 2,019 miles away from South Carolina. ;)

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I once heard Susan Khalje say that she could keep someone busy for an entire week sewing a pencil skirt. Now, I know what she means, for I spent one week making my couture pencil skirt. The skirt consists of 4 layers – the lace, cotton oxford, silk organza and bemberg rayon lining.

I cut the fabric on the crosswise grain to take advantage of the scalloped border. Then I spent a day securing the oxford to the lace so it would behave as one piece of fabric. In the beginning I knotted and clipped my thread after each stitch, but found that simply knotting was enough.

IMG_1983The silk organza became layer number 3, which was basted to the lace and oxford cloth. In couture sewing the seam line is traced onto every pattern piece and seam allowances are generous. Since this is my 5th Katie Spade skirt to sew, I was tempted to skip this step and cut a 5/8″ allowance. Now I am thankful I followed the rule as all of the layering can affect the fabric edges and throw off the entire fit of the garment. This is truly my favorite skirt to sew with no front darts and beautiful shaping along the side seams.

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Sadly, this lace is no longer available, but here is a link to Mood Fabrics’  lace. The oxford cloth was from my stash, and the whisper white silk organza and bemberg rayon linings are readily available from Mood.

I intended to make a two piece dress for my daughter’s Bridesmaids’ Luncheon last August using the vintage McCall’s pattern 8500. While the event has changed my pattern intentions have not, and I hope to be back soon with the second half of my outfit and an entirely different look!

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Best wishes :)

 

 

 

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Comments


  • MaryEllen
    March 29, 2015

    Enjoy our beautify desert – I love in Tempe & my son,DIL & DGD live in NYC .
    Your skirt is lovely as usual – you are always such an inspiration to reach new sewing goals !!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 29, 2015

      Thank you, Mary Ellen! It is not only beautiful but quite a fun place to visit and nice place to live — but is it every HOT :)

  • Jenny
    March 29, 2015

    Beautiful and classic! That colour is so pretty on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 29, 2015

      Thank you so much, Jenny :)

  • Ally and Woozle
    March 29, 2015

    Really nice fabric. I have this kind of lace but I always wonder what to make with it. Now I know!!!
    Ally

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 29, 2015

      Thank you Ally :) Good luck with your fabric!!

  • Sue Bateman
    March 29, 2015

    I love the colour Sarah , the hard work paid off its a lovely piece.

  • Elaine Sweet
    March 29, 2015

    i would love to know why you used so many layers and whT each layer does for the finished project.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 29, 2015

    Elaine – Here goes :)
    The lace needed a backing or it would be see – through. The lilac/gray oxford was a nice compliment to the color of the lace. I could have used a contrast or a silk, but I tought the cotton would be better for warm weaather.
    I chose to add a layer of silk organza to stabilize the fashion fabric since the garment is fitted. I did not want it to wrinkle or lose its shape. Had it been an unfitted garment I would have omitted this layer.
    Finally, I lined the skirt with the bemberg lining.
    All of the layers make for a very substantial garment, but I believe the fabric and style of garment dictated the process :)

  • Amanda S.
    March 30, 2015

    What a beautiful skirt Sarah! The color and fit are very flattering.

  • Lori
    March 30, 2015

    This is a beautiful skirt, Sarah, the color is so pretty on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 30, 2015

      Thank you Lori! I do love this color :)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 31, 2015

    This is so pretty and utterly delightful – such a lot of work but often the best makes are!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 31, 2015

      Thank you, Lizzy! I never mind putting extra work into an easy pattern for a special garment :)

  • Peter
    March 31, 2015

    So classic looking and I love the lavender color. Really interesting to read about all the construction details!

  • Fiona
    April 1, 2015

    So gorgeous for spring! I love garments which make use of the edge of lace and you’ve done a really beautiful job here. Enjoy wearing it in the spring sunshine!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 6, 2015

      Thanks, Fiona! Just waiting for warm temperatures now that I’m back home ;)

  • Ginger
    April 2, 2015

    All the hard work really paid off! This looks impeccable! I’m excited to see the second piece!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 6, 2015

      Thanks, Ginger! I’m working on the top now :)

  • Gigi
    April 2, 2015

    Thanks for the inspiration. We went to Mood today. Going to make a lace skirt in Pistachio.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 6, 2015

      Ooh, that is going to be lovely Gigi! Good luck and thanks for the comment :)

  • Amy
    April 9, 2015

    What I would do to have a beautiful skirt pattern without front darts… To think of all the lace skirts I could have… This one is just perfect for you. Bravo!