Skirt With Vintage Lace
Are you a bit of a vintage lace fan? I know I am, and I love trying to use it within a garment or customising, as you will have seen on previous blog posts. This little stash of fabric I bought in New York and the lace? goodness knows where it came from probably some vintage shop or from a vintage market.
I decided that the fabric I had would be just enough for a pretty simple gathered skirt and I could attach this beautiful embroiderer anglaise panel on the hem. I am pretty slow off the mark here, I bought this fabric way back in 2006 when my Naomi was just a young baby, and we visited New York. Whilst there we went back to one of my very favourite shops Purl Soho which back then was just a tiny little place and a must visit shop for any quilter, knitter or sewing fan. Now I know they have a much bigger store still in the heart of Soho. I will add a link to their website so you can take a browse.
When we visited I think we spent a small fortune, as much of what they sold could never be found here in the Uk, although thankfully things are improving here now with more American imports. It must be pointed out the Americans also love our craft and especially yarn imports.
This skirt design is just so simple and does not require a pattern since its one straight piece of fabric. If you have a small amount of sewing experience you can be confident to achieve this make. You need about 1 metre.
I had one length for the skirt and a small panel for the waist band. You need a panel of interfacing to give stability to the waist and add comfort.
I decided that a smooth panel waistband rather than a gathered waist with elastic would look much better, so you need to be confident to add a zip. This simple skirt is a good way to get experience inserting a zip since you only need a little zip around 7" thats 18cm. A mistake can easily be corrected and unpicked and the zip will be hidden somewhat by the gathers of the skirt.
I love how this skirt turned out, and I think I could make a whole collection of these with different fabrics and features.
I have teamed it up with a simple Boden striped vest top, perfect for these hot sunny days we are enjoying this week. Here is a link to the vest from Boden.
And I am really loving how the skirt looks with my new saltwater sandals in rose gold. I know these have become hard to come by, I managed to get a pair in my size from a fairly local shop called stomp, I ordered online and had them within a couple of days so a brilliant service. They also enclose a simple returns option, so you need not worry if the fit was not right, they will be happy to exchange or refund. Here is a link to stomp.
If You are curious to discover more about saltwater sandals here is the link to their website.
Its certainly going to be a hot weekend here in the Uk so I hope this inspires you, with these warm evenings to get sewing and have something simple and light to wear.
Happy sewing and enjoy the weekend.