How to Make a Lace Maxi Skirt

Lace maxi skirts are great for spring and summer because they’re light and breathable.  This maxi skirt has a stretchy spandex lining, making it easy to wear.  You could also make a skirt like this for colder weather if you extend the length of the lining.


How to Make a Lace Maxi Skirt - Materials



Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

First, measure and cut a 36 by 19 inch rectangle out of the spandex.

Fold the lace fabric in half. To shorten the length of the skirt, measure down 18 inches from one of the scalloped edges and mark. I’m using pins because the marker won’t show up on the lace.

Continue this across the fabric until you’ve reached the end and cut. This 18 inch piece will be discarded.

Step 2: Pleat & sew the lace

For a medium sized skirt, you should have a total of 24 two inch pleats.

Unfold the fabric. Starting from one end, make 2 inch pleats and pin. The pleats should overlap each other by 1/2 an inch. Continue this until you’ve reached the end.


Before stitching, line up the pleats to the spandex. Both should be 36 inches long. If there is extra fabric, trim it off to match the spandex.

Zigzag stitch across the top of the pleats using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. You don’t need to use the elastic thread for this part.

Step 3: Attach the spandex lining

First, change your bobbin to the elastic thread. Fold the spandex in half with the right sides facing each other. Pin the sides together and starting 1 inch in, zigzag stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Fold the spandex to the right side. Pin and stitch the wrong side of the lace to the top of the spandex. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Fold the maxi skirt inside out and pin the sides together. Stitch the side seam with a 1 inch seam allowance.
You do not need elastic thread for this part. Back stitch at the beginning and the end and fold to the right side.

Step 4: Cut & sew the elastic

Measure and cut 35 inches of elastic.
Make sure the elastic thread is back in the bobbin. Overlap the ends a 1/2 inch and zigzag stitch.

Make sure the seam of the elastic is aligned with the seam of the skirt

Place the elastic on the inside of the waistband a 1/2 inch from the top. Fold the waistband 3 inches over to the inside and pin all the way around.

With the right side facing out, stitch 2 and 1/2 inches in around the waistband. Back stitch at the beginning and the end and the maxi skirt is complete.

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