Hot! The “All-Over Lace” Skirt


The Facts

  • Fabric: khaki woven (free) + lacy knit (stash)
  • Pattern: bottom half of McCall’s 7953 cut into a hi-lo style
  • Year: 1982 meets 2012
  • Notions: thread (stash), 1 inch elastic (stash)
  • First worn: October 8, 2012 for photos
  • Wear again?: With some modification
  • Total price: $0

One of the few Western-inspired things I really like are soft, flowy all-over lace dresses and skirts. I had this one piece of all-over lace (sort of, it’s a knit) in the stash and that was all I had to work with. Accessorized with the right things, this skirt is very Western and I really like this look. But it’s not inherently Western, and so when I accessorize it with non-Western things, it will still be wearable. And not Western. Here I have a secondhand suede jacket, one of my grandmother’s scarves, a belt with buckle made by the old rock hound guy at my church, and boots I found at an antique fair. My blue denim shirt I’ve had for about ten or fifteen years.

Simple construction: make a lining skirt and a lace skirt, sew together, turn right side out, add casing, add elastic, and hem. Boom. You got yourself a skirt. Only, I thought the length and style was a bit frumpy, so I freehanded a hi-lo hack job that made it a bit to short in the front for my tastes. Maybe I’ll add a yoke at some point to lower the front hem. I think I have enough fabric for that.

I really wanted to do this photo shoot on horseback, but all the people I know with horses live 1-2 hours away. And I just couldn’t justify that kind of a trip. So I drove out to Woldumar Nature Center where they have split rail fences and a log cabin. I got lucky and the place was practically deserted despite it being the perfect warm, sunny fall day. I’m pretty sure no one even noticed me with my tripod and remote. ;)


Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.


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  1. Great skirt! And those pictures are fantastic, well done.

  2. Your photos are stunning! Your outfit is pretty cool : ) I, too, wanted to take pictures on a horse but my friend with horses is over an hour away and I didn’t have the time. I think the length of the skirt is great espcially with the boots. Amazing what you did with the things in your closet : )

  3. I just realized that I was totally wrong about the belt I wore. But I WAS wearing the belt I describe when I was writing up the post, I swear! :)

  4. Beautiful photos! That’s always the thing I don’t leave enough time for, and end up rushing. It really makes all the difference between a beautiful outfit and a full photoshoot story.

    The thing I’ve wondered about with those high-low skirts is how to hem them? Doesn’t the hem on the back show in the front? Did you do a narrow rolled hem? I can’t get my mind around it.

  5. Oooh…pretty! I can’t believe I didn’t think of the lace/Western connection. It’s a lovely skirt, and the styling is beautiful.

    I’m so envious of all of you living where there are really Western looking backdrops. I long for split rail fences and log cabins. North Island New Zealand in spring is not very Western looking!

    • Being in Michigan (which, though called the MidWEST, is certainly not big sky country or anything) I still had just a few options and I got lucky that the log cabin was at a nearby nature center. Most of my surroundings are forests, cornfields, and cities! :)

  6. Love what you did with the skirt! Everything else that you’re wearing really ties together the whole western look. Gorgeous photos too! My favorite is the close up of you in the doorway. Your facial expression is so mysterious. I can imagine you thinking or feeling many different things. I keep going back to it, trying to figure out just what it is.

  7. I LOOOOOOOVE your skirt!! The styling and the photos (especially the cover) too. I’m a great fan of lace but never linked it with the theme.

  8. Great photos Erin, just you and your tripod!? Amazing. They’re some rockin boots. Love them. The whole outfit really suits you.

  9. Wow, you look amazing! Great skirt, and a proper western setting too.

  10. What a beautiful post. Well done. You look amazing!

  11. Fantastic setting, those pictures are gorgeous!

  12. I was hoping to do a lace skirt but time ran away from me, so I’m so glad someone represented it as a western look so beautifully. Fab photos by the way, perfect location and wonderfully taken.