I think I wore this nice maroon lace-ish shirt a few times before deciding I didn’t like it all that much. After snipping off the sleeves and cutting just below the neckline, I slipped on the maroon tube and evaluated its potential as a skirt. The future pencil skirt was a teeny bit too tight but I had a quick solution. A few months ago, I bought a set of four dark brown and lace table placements at a local high-end consignment store.
I took one of the placement and cut it down the middle. I simply inserted a lace panel between the shirt’s side seams. By the way, I hand sewed EVERYTHING. My sewing machine was still out of order, and I didn’t want to clean or do anything productive. To justify watching TV all day, I needed to work on something. Once I have access to a working sewing machine, I’ll reinforce my hand stitches and seams.
I love the addition of the lace panels to the new skirt, which was pretty simple to assemble. Add panels. I didn’t have to mess around with the bottom hem. I just needed to focus on the top hem and simply add elastic to the back part of the skirt. Which by the way, one of these days I will need to learn how to install zippers to evolve my sewing skills. Snaking elastic through the top is simple and my strongest skill when creating skirts.
Practice is definitely needed when adding wider elastic to the top of a skirt. And I recently discovered adding elastic to just the BACK of the skirt instead of the whole thing. I didn’t even know that’s possible! After reading a tutorial where a woman used this method, I decided to try it. And now, I think this may be my favorite waist skirt method. Anyway, I love the new skirt even though it might be a more fall-winter skirt.