I originally designed the pattern for women's high low skirt LACE in 2016 only in my size for my purposes. But the pattern exceeded my expectations, and in 2017 I added more sizes (34-44) and published its hand-drawn version. Now (2021) I have finally redrawn it in professional software and added two more sizes (32–46), so today I can present you this pattern in all its beauty.
The pattern for women’s high low skirt LACE is available in sizes 32–46 and you can get it here:
Use light woven fabrics (cotton poplin, viscose blouse fabric, cotton canvas, American cotton fabrics, etc.)
You will also need:
- Use 20 cm / 7 7/8” long zipper.
- If the circumference of your hips is 25 cm / 9 3/4” larger than the circumference of your waist, then you will need a 25 cm / 9 3/4" long zipper.
- One-sided fusible interfacing to reinforce facing and the area around the zipper.
The skirt has an invisible zipper on the side (don't worry, the exact procedure is described in the sewing guide which is part of the pattern files), the waistline is finished with a reinforced facing (the video below might help you with that).
For the pink skirt, I used flowing cotton canvas, which holds its shape nicely. For the blue and gray skirt, I used cotton poplin, which is very comfortable and more flowing than canvas. I sewed the skirt with a floral pattern from double gauze.
Cut all pieces on the fold. If you want your skirt to be more flowing, you can position the pieces diagonally (fold the fabric from corner to corner, as shown here). This positioning method may not be suitable for some fabrics with "directional" prints.
- 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
- 1x back piece (cut on the fold)
- 1x front piece facing (cut on the fold)
- 1x back piece facing (cut on the fold)
- 1 cm / 0.4” at “waistline edges”
- 1 cm / 0.4” at bottom edges of front & back piece
- 2 cm / 3/4” for side seams
- 0 cm at bottom edges of both facing pieces
Prepare one-sided fusible interfacing pieces to reinforce both facings.
Reinforce facing pieces. If the reinforcement seems too stiff, do not reinforce the seam allowances so that the seams are not too thick and rigid.
Clean the sides of the front and back pieces. Also, clean the sides and bottom edges of both facing pieces.
Pin (or baste) the zipper to the left side seam.
Sew the zipper to the back piece and the front piece. Close the zipper and check the face side. If you sew an invisible zipper, it should be hidden under the fabric.
Now sew both side seams and right side seam of facing pieces. Press the seam allowances open.
Align the side seams and pin the facing to the waistline (face side to face side).
Sew the facing to the skirt.
Press the seam allowances towards the facing. Topstitch the waistline (sew from the face side) to attach the seam allowances. Thanks to this, the facing will stay in place and the skirt will fit and look good.
Fold the sides of the facing near the zipper as shown below. Iron the fold. Place the facing back on top of the reverse side of the zipper and pin (or baste) it there. Attach the facing to the zipper. You can use topstitching, or do it by hand (the stitches will not be visible from the face side).
If you did not manage to extend the left side seam right up to the zipper, you can close the unstitched part by hand (use a hidden mattress stitch).
You can now topstitch the waistline one more time to attach the bottom edge of the facing.
Finally, clean the bottom edge of the skirt - fold the edge to the reverse side (twice) and topstitch it - use a straight stitch and sew close to the edge.
I decorated the lower edge of the gray skirt with hand-crocheted lace.
I bought this amazing blue fabric a few years ago on the way to Kaprun when we stopped in Linz for a few nights (by the way, Linz is charming, I love it there). The fabric has glamorous cotton lace! ♥
Have a nice day, Petra
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