Wardrobe Revamp: Old Skirt Re-Redo

I can’t remember exactly where or when I got this skirt because its been that long. I don’t have a picture of it in its original state, the hemline fell awkwardly around mid-shin. This is a picture of it after my hem alteration from several years ago.

I wasn’t good at sewing when I decided to alter it, and it shows. I had cut the detailing on the front in half and the sheer nylon edge to the lining got messed up so that there was a two-inch gap on both sides. However I loved the fit and feel so I wore this thing all the time. The the other day I noticed the nylon edge had gotten damaged.

I decided the best thing to do was replace the edging with some lace (I was never crazy about the nylon, it was static-y.) The only lace I had on hand was this stuff that I bought at the thrift store the other day. It’s hard to tell from the picture but it’s “antique white” in color, and holding it up to the skirt I realized I had a problem. Years ago this skirt was cream-colored, now it’s more like a faded dingy white. Unfortunately the selection of faded dingy white lace at Joanns is minimal… The only options I saw where 1. leave it plain 2. dye the skirt or 3. contrasting not matching lace. Without edging it looked too plain and dyeing could result in an even harder to match color so I went with a contracting trim.

I really liked this crocheted black stuff at the store, it made me think of flappers. However it was 17.99 a yard, so this pre-gathered black lace for 2.99 a yard won. It was insanely difficult to pin this stuff level to my skirt thanks to my first uneven hem and equally uneven lining job.

For the lace seam I used a new technique (for me) I got from this fascinating book Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated by Claire Shaeffer. It’s about 15 bucks on Amazon, or free if you check it out from the library like I did. It’s full of hand sewing tips, and amazing vintage couture dresses. My seam isn’t exactly perfect or invisible but I am far happier with it then the other attempts I have made with joining lace.

Overall I am very happy with my fixed skirt. I think I will be wearing it for years to come.

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