i’ve long been intrigued by vintage trims like lace, doilies, and rickrack. what would i use them for? are they too granny? i’ve kept my eyes open to see how i might incorporate these sweet trims into modern design, and i finally figured it out – use them to make little skirts even cuter!
while i love vintage style and drink it in online, my own home, clothing choices, and what i sew for my kids tends to be more vintage-inspired. i love to follow purely vintage blogs for the eye candy and thrifty inspiration (smile and wave, cakies, bleubird, and a beautiful mess are some of my faves). months ago, i spotted an adorable doily skirt on cakies, a rickrack pocket skirt on bleubird, and i finally got the chance to try making them both! i’m super in love with the results and i thought i’d share a couple mini tutorials today.
(guess which kid is mine? that’s right, crazylegs mcgee)
RICKRACK POCKET SKIRT
make a simple selvedge-to-selvedge skirt (follow the oliver + s free lazy days skirt pattern, eliminating the ribbon hem and adding an extra 1/2″ to the length to allow yourself to make a double fold 1/4″ hem).
my skirt fabric is kona mustard and the pocket is a vintage sheet.
make your pocket. cut two 5″ or 6″ squares out of your pocket material. fold in half and round all four bottom corners. sew right sides together, leaving a space to turn on the side. turn right side out, press. find the center of your skirt by folding it in half with the back seam, and also find the side the same way. center the pocket between the front and side.
slide rickrack under the pocket edge, and pin well. ease it around curves and try to keep the part poking out even. topstitch close to the edge of the sides and bottom of the pocket, which will close the opening you used to turn it and will also secure the rickrack. add elastic to the waistband, hem the skirt, and you’re done!
rubyellen’s doily skirt is hand-stitched, but i wanted to try machine-stitching it because it’s quicker and more secure. first make a skirt with a contrasting waistband (follow dana’s market skirt tutorial for directions but you won’t add the bottom band, so be sure to give your skirt enough length to work without it). wait to add the waistband elastic. i used a lightweight chambray and the waistband is a fat quarter from my stash. my chambray is two pieces, each 12.5″ long by 35″ wide for my petite four year old. i wanted it FULL. for best results, be sure your skirt material has some drape if you want to make it as full as this.
the doily looks like it’s from an estate sale, but it’s really from joann (probably would’ve been cheaper to thrift it, but i liked the look of this one, it’s cotton and sturdy). wash, dry, and iron it flat. i used basting spray for quilting to adhere the doily to the skirt centered between the front and side seam, and pinned around the edges as well.
take a close look at your doily and try to identify the “rings” that seem thicker and continuous so you can easily follow them around the doily.
starting in the very center and working your way out with each new circle, sew around a few “rings” using coordinating thread on the right side of the skirt and doily, backstitching at the beginning and end. then slowly sew around the perimeter of the doily, trying not to stretch it as you sew – just hold it down flat to the skirt. i sewed it on with a normal foot and my machine had no trouble – my stitches completely disappeared into the doily. can’t even see them from the front.
add elastic and you’re done! now your little gal can pick some flowers and relax in the shade with her best friend!
if you make a rickrack pocket or doily skirt using this tutorial or if you’ve ever embellished a garment with vintage style trim, please add it to the vintage may flickr group!
today jess over at CINO has posted a tutorial for a beautiful eyelet overlay dress! you’ve gotta check it out.