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The High Waist Lace Over-Lay Skirt

DIY Tutorial for How to Make a Lace Over-Lay High Waist Thick Elastic Skirt

Sewing student Abigail showing her lace over-lay high waisted elastic band skirt she made.

Sewing student Abigail showing her lace over-lay high waisted elastic band skirt she made in less than 2 hours.

The high waisted lace over-lay skirt is very easy to sew with just one side seam.

The High Waist Lace Over-Lay Skirt

This style skirt can be seen everywhere, and now, instead of spending thirty dollars, you can make it in an hour. To achieve the Lace Over-lay just simply sew the lace onto the fabric before you begin making the skirt. You will learn to gather and seam finish. The skirt is simple with only one side seam.

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You will need thick elastic, fabric, lace fabric, and basic sewing supplies to make this skirt.

To make the one rectangle skirt piece of fabric we will be using the following measurements.

To get the length of your skirt piece measure from where you like your skirts to lay on your waist down to where you want the hemline to be on your legs. Take that measurement and add 2". This is your length measurement.

To get the width measurement place a tape measure around your hip (Widest area around hip bones and behind.) area and add 10". This is your width measurement.

Cut a piece of fabric into a rectangle with the measurement you came up with.

Now cut the lace fabric the same size as your rectangle measurement.

Place the lace pretty side up over the pretty side of the fabric and pin around the edges. Stitch around the four edges of the fabric holding the lace in place.

Hem the top of the skirt piece by folding the top edge 1/2" towards ugly side. Press. Fold again 1/2", and press again. Pin in place.

Sew along the pressure foot edge to create the top hem of the skirt.

Cut the elastic to fit your waist where you prefer wearing your skirt, plus one inch.

We are going to divide the skirt top and the elastic band in half. To do so fold skirt in half and mark the center with a pin.

Do the same to the elastic band, mark the half-way point with a pin.

Now pin the end of the skirt to the end of the band.

Pin the other end of the skirt to the other end of the band.

Pin the center of the skirt to the center of the band.

This part can be tricky, but you will be stretching and pulling the band to meet the fabric evenly.

Here is a photo of the fabric pinned to the band in the sewing machine. Notice how the fabric is way bigger than the band. It is supposed to be.
Here the student pulled the elastic band to stretch to meet the fabric.

As you are pulling and stretching the band to meet the fabric you have to sew. It is hard at first, but once you begin sewing it will work fine.


In some cases of a large difference in the fabric and elastic band that may not stretch to meet each other, you may have to gather the top of the skirt fabric first.

Using one of the gathering methods, gather the top of the skirt just below the hem you just created.

Pull threads to gather fabric slightly, then stretch to sew the skirt top to the band.

Pin the long ends of the skirt together to form a side seam from the top elastic to the bottom hem.

Stitch using the pressure foot as your guide.

Zigzag seam finish the edges together. (Also known as "Overcasting.")

Try the skirt on. If you like where the hem lies, then do a double fold the same way you hemmed to top of the skirt.

If the skirt is too long, trim to your liking plus an inch longer, then do a hem. (You are adding that inch so that when you do a double fold that will make up for the extra inch on the hem.)

Your lace over-lay easy to sew skirt is finished!

How to Sew a Thick Elastic Waistband Skirt, an easy to sew DIY project. You may also like how to make a similar thick elastic waistband skirt that is also quick and easy to sew in a little different way.

Now you can make our simple gathered skirt that we featured in VOGUE magazine too, with our easy to follow skirt tutorial.

A simple gathered skirt tutorial that was shown in Vogue magazine.

Simple Gathered Skirt - With this quick and easy skirt tutorial, you will be able to sew a whole new wardrobe in a weekend! This easy-to-sew skirt is our number one recommended project for our new sewing students in the studio, and it can be found in many colors, prints, and fabrics on the runway in our annual fashion show! We even showed the skirt in our ad for VOGUE magazine!


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