If I had to rank fabrics in order of their romance factor, I would place lace at the top of the class, picture Kate Middleton in that heavenly Alexander McQueen wedding dress, *back of wrist against forehead-swoon*.
My work wear primarily consists of chiffon blouses and pencil skirts à la Bree Van De Kamp, my favorite Desperate Housewife (TV series); a very graceful character both in her mannerisms and style. I was rather fascinated by her psychotic obsession with perfection.
Pencil skirts whisper sweet nothings to a lady’s hips *blush+simper*. 😉
So, I made this skirt from a self drafted pattern, using a combination of soft lace (outer shell) and heavy-ish crepe (inner shell), which in retrospect was a mistake, a lighter underlining fabric may have been preferable as the crepe lends the skirt a rather weighty feel, which is not necessarily a bad thing (if you do not plan to hand wash EVERRR).
I am a big fan of waist bands as they cinch the waist in slightly, plus I realize that band-less skirts do not flatter my figure at all. I sewed a short kick pleat at the back instead of an open vent and attached an invisible zip to achieve a seemingly seamless (nice rhyme, Mrs. Shakespeare) flow of the lace pattern.
I used the lace fabric selvage/selvedge as a hem, but for the crepe fabric (on the inside) I used a bias tape to hem.
All that’s missing is flaming red hair 🙂