I just wanted to add an update post on the Lace skirt I was working on last time. It came out exactly as I had hoped. I finished the top with a stretch knit waistband for comfort and added a bow made from the same material as the lining fabric. It came together really quick and evenly with the lace evenly basted to the lining fabric.
It’s very girly and fun, and with the full circle skirt/lots of gathered lace combo it is too hard to resist twirling!
Gathering by hand, to me, is one of those tedious tasks that I usually can’t stand. Today though, I’m taking the time and gathering this lace onto the lining fabric of this skirt I’m working on. The underskirt is a basic circle skirt.
I don’t know if this is a “real” technique or not, (I know there are easier ways, but I like doing it this way when I’m feeling like a perfectionist) I use two needles and two lengths of thread to gather and secure the fabric. First I pin off the sections evenly distributing the length of the gathered material in relation to the base. Then little section by little section I use one needle to gather, pull the thread tight, and secure with a couple knots at the end of the section. I use the second needle and thread to whipstitch over the top, securing the gathered stitches to the base.
Now when I go to add the waistband I won’t have to worry about the gathering ending up uneven or bunched in areas. With a different fabric I might not mind, but I think with this lace the unevenness would probably disappoint me later. The rest of the skirt should come together really quickly, so I can enjoy spending a little more time on this one detail.