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I took a skirt from Salvation Army and a panel of lace from a garage sale...
I had come across the skirt at the Salvation Army. But it was a little too small to wear, but the right length to hit my ankles. Then I remembered I had a big panel of lace that I'd gotten at a garage sale for next to nothing. Then when I got the skirt home I found that I had enough of the lace that with careful cutting I could mostly match the size of the panels in the skirt...

I actually "finished" this project a few years ago... but I'm about to make some modifications (by adding a string bustling option to it) and wanted to get the original project documented first.

More picture/images to come later when I have cleaner ones.

Posted by Mildred C. from Albany, New York, United States • Published See Mildred C.'s 5 projects »
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  • Step 1

    If you have the time... get out the seam ripper and take the skirt apart. Otherwise, cut the skirt apart so that you have one seam on each panel.

    Set aside the waistband and other bits you may have (lining, ruffles, etc) aside for other projects.

  • How to make a circle skirt. Fabric And Lace Circle Skirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use one panel of the skirt to cut the same number of panels from the lace fabric. (You may have to get creative to get the layout right if the lace pattern has a "direction".)

  • How to make a circle skirt. Fabric And Lace Circle Skirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pin the fabric and lace panels together, alternating between the solid fabric and the lace.

    Sew together (I did this skirt with French Seams, not having a serger at the time...)

  • Step 4

    Use the solid black fabric to create a new waistband. I made mine a little larger and decided to go use a drawstring (and not deal with interfacing).

    Gather or pleat (your choice) the much wider waist of the skirt into the waist band, pin and sew. Add your drawstring if you're going to use one.

  • How to make a circle skirt. Fabric And Lace Circle Skirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    I got lazy and didn't want to hand hem the skirt properly... so I used a long hank of slightly ruffled black lace edging to hem it.

    (Pin lace to right side of the skirt... measuring from the waistband to get a consistant length around the skirt. Sew down, and trim the excess. Then sew the seam of the lace ruffle so it doesn't flip up and expose the seam.)

    The End!

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