The “All-Over Lace” Skirt
- 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. ;)