I went shopping last week with my sister and all we saw at the mall were lace dresses, lace shirts, lace skirts and lace scarves. My sister even bought a lace dress to wear to a friends wedding. I came home inspired to make something out of lace for myself. We just got in so many new laces at the store and lace is obviously in fashion right now, so I thought what a perfect time to bust out a lace skirt tutorial.
This stretch lace pencil skirt is sooo easy to make that I finished mine in under an hour. We will not be using a pattern, all you need is your favorite pencil shaped skirt, which we will trace for a skirt pattern. You will not need any zippers or elastic either! How awesome is that?!
-favorite pencil skirt
-1/2 yard stretch lace
Step # 1: Pick out your fabric.
You could either match the color of your lace to the jersey lining or you could go for a contrasting color like I did. These were the two lace fabrics that I was debating between. After a couple co-workers opinions and much debating I finally decided to go with the navy interlock for the lining and the turquoise stretch lace for the outside of the skirt.
Step #2: Trace your pencil skirt
Lay your favorite pencil skirt down on your fabric in the direction you would like it to go and trace around the skirt with chalk 5/8″ around the outline of the skirt. The reason we are chalking it at 5/8″ beyond your skirt is for your seam allowance. I loved how the selvedge edge looked on the lace and wanted to make that the bottom of my skirt. I thought it would look great and it would be less work because now I do not have to sew the hem. Yea!
Step #3: Cut out the Fabric
As you can see I am cutting through two layers of fabric. (for the skirt front and skirt back) This will save you some time cutting two layers at once. Repeat for the lace fabric too.
Step #4: Pinning the Fabric
Pin the front and back of skirt panels with right sides facing each other up the side seams. Pin lace to lace and jersey to jersey as if you are making two separate skirts.
Step #5: Sewing the side seams
Stitch each side seam along where you pinned, sewing each skirt sides separately right sides facing in. Remember to sew with a zigzag stitch when sewing with stretchy fabric so your thread will not break when you put the garment on.
Step #6: Putting it together.
Turn sewn skirt to the right side facing out. Then insert lining (face out) into the lace skirt (face out) and pin along the waist band matching the lining to the lace. Then sew a zig-zag stitch around the the waist joining the two layers together.
Step #7: Cutting out and inserting the skirt facing.
Cut two 5″ Strips of fabric from your leftover lining fabric and chalk mark the waist line on each side. Then match front and back facing right side together and pin down the sides. Next zig-zag stitch along chalk marks on each side of facing. Pin the facing right side of facing to the lace on the outer edge of waist band and stitch all the way around the waste attaching the facing to the skirt with a zig-zag stitch.
After you stitch the facing to the skirt you will then zig-zag stitch the leftover seam allowance down to the facing so it will lay nicely inside the skirt. The pics below give you a visual of what this will look like.
Step 7: Wear your new skirt!
This is a simple intermediate project, or a more advanced beginner project. Any way you look at it this top is simple and in-style right now. With spring and summer just around the corner you can whip up a bunch of these and be the coolest gal on the block. Okay so this project is awesome because you only need 1 yard of a poly-chiffon, or silk chiffon fabric and… ready for the awesome part?…. NO IRONING! WOOO. Okay, supplies list: Continue reading
Making your own grocery bag is quick and easy and these days, who can have enough. I don’t like using those flimsy nylon bags because they aren’t very strong and the shape doesn’t allow for maximum groceries. A a rectangular bottom bag made out of a nice weight home decor fabric it much better. It only take half a yard of fabric and about 2 yards of webbing to create this fun bag!
Take your half yard of fabric and fold it in half along the width so you have a rectangle that is 18″ by about 27″. I took off about 5 inches from the top of the bag because I didn’t want it to be so big. Next sew along the side seams.
Next hem the top of the bag by folding over 5/8″ then sew down. Place your webbing where you want it and top stitch it down on both sides.
To create the rectangular bottom, fold the bag so the bottom lies flat with the seam laying in the center. Draw a straight line from your mark and sew. Then trip the access or simply fold it down to the center inside the bag.
That’s it! Your done! Enjoy your new grocery bag!
Have you seen the new Babar collection from Camelot Fabrics? If you haven’t, be sure to check it out! Babar is such a classic and nostalgic character, you just can’t help falling in love with him. This collections features Babar and his family on multiple fun prints in lot’s of different colors! Printed on 100% cotton it is perfect for quilts, apparel, and light home decor projects!
We can’t wait to start sewing with this collection! What would you make? We’d love to see your project photos, be sure to post pictures on our facebook page! Each month we post customer project photos for our facebook fans to vote on, the customer with the most ‘likes’ will win a $50 gift certificate! We can’t wait to see your projects!
Easy Chunky Scarf
As the days start getting colder, I like to keep warm with soft knit scarves.
This one is particularly good because it knits up so quick and the ribbing adds
an attractive detail.
I used one skein of Cascade Yarn “Magnum” and size 35 circular Knitting needles.
If you wanted it a bit shorter, you could substitute size 19 needles.
Start by casting on 80 stitches.
You can see how alternating the knit and purl rows makes a “rib” on the right side that will hang vertically.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3, 4, 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7, 8, 9: Knit
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: Knit
Row 12: Knit 20, bind off 10, knit to end
Row 13: Knit 70, cast on 10 stitches, knit to end
Row 14: Purl
Row 15, 16, 17: Knit
Row 18: Purl
Row 19, 20, 21: Knit
Row 22: Purl
Row 23: Bind off all stitches LOOSELY
The slit you created by binding off and casting on will allow you to slip one end of the scarf through to secure it!