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Springy Skirts!

March 10, 2013

I've been kind of lace-obsessed lately. After making lace crowns and lace T-shirt inserts, I wanted more! Since spring is almost here (I couldn't be more thankful) and we're heading into wedding season, I thought it would be fun to make some layered lace skirts. I love tone-on-tone use of lace, but I really wanted to play with color and contrast.

For my first skirt, I selected a Scalloped Lace in black, and layered it over lipstick pink Stretch Peau de Soie Satin. Black and pink is my usual go-to color combo, so those choices were no-brainers.

1-lace-skirts.jpgI didn't use a pattern for this; I just made a basic rectangle skirt and pleated it into the waist band. Since the lace's scalloped edge is cut as the hem, this one goes together quite quickly.

I wanted to step away from black for my second skirt and test out a combination of girlie, springtime colors. I settled on a yellow Mi Amor Duchess Satin for the under layer, and Bella Sheer Lace Rosette in fuchsia, and opted for a simple circle skirt to take advantage of the lace's pretty, swirling design.

I wanted to go ultra girly with this one, so I decided to try a detail I saw in a book several years ago. I cut bias strips about 1.75 inches wide, and then gathered them in one long continuous ruffle.

4-lace-skirts.jpgI stitched the ruffle onto the under layer so that one edge aligned with the hem.

This helps to make the lace layer look super floaty. I might have to host a springtime party just to wear this one!

6-lace-skirts.jpgI keep thinking about how perfect it would be to use layered lace skirts as separates for a bridal party. You'd be able to really customize the color, stay on-trend, and make something that's got post-wedding wearability. You can use almost any pattern and just incorporate lace as an over layer. You can keep the hems separate to create a floaty feel, or treat the layers as one piece for a more structured look. Since it looks as though lace will continue its popularity streak through this year's warm months, you've got time to design your perfect look!

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