Lace-trimmed Lining: A Pretty Touch

Thanks for all the encouragement over the weekend, you guys! I did finish my party dress in time for Saturday night’s festivities. I don’t have a ton of photos from the event that turned out though. I’m going to put the dress back on and take a few shots of the finished dress, and answer some of your construction questions in another post.

In the meantime, here’s a tutorial on how to make your own lace-trimmed lining!

For the Party Dress, I trimmed the edges of my lining with lace. It adds such a pretty touch peeking out of the skirt! Especially the lime-green lace showing under the teal silk skirt. Every time I crossed my legs, a little peek of lace and lining would show. Definitely my favourite part of the dress!

Here’s how I did it:

First, you’ll need a piece of lace as long as your hemline is wide. If you’ve finished the skirt seams already, measure the hem opening of the finished lining skirt. (It’s like stitching the hem! Start anywhere, measure around the hem in a circle until you get back to the starting point.)

If you haven’t, measure the width of your lining pattern pieces and add them up to get the finished skirt hem circumference. Remember to subtract the seam allowances! Buy a little bit extra to overlap, or in case it stretches out, in the case of bias or circle hems.

Next, hem the skirt itself (not the skirt lining). This will help you figure out where to place the lining trim so it shows just the right amount of lace. This works best if the dress is already constructed, with just the hemming left to do.

Turn the dress or skirt right side out. The un-hemmed lining should dangle below the hemmed skirt. Smooth and tug the lining down, so that it’s not bunched up under the skirt. This should be essentially where the lining will fall, when the dress is being worn. (If you don’t smooth down the lining, you might not hem it enough and when it does hang smoothly it will hang down too low…)Now, mark where the finished lining hem ends. I used pins for speed, but you could also use chalk or a marking pen.Lift the skirt out of the way, so you can get to the lining. For extra accuracy, draw a line connecting the pins or dots. (I didn’t, but you might want to! Especially if your hem is curved.)Now, decide where you want the lace trim to land. If the pins are where the skirt hem is going to fall, do you want it to line up exactly with the finished hem? Hang down below?

I decided to have my lace trim just slightly shorter than the skirt hem. That way, it won’t show when I’m standing up, but it will peek out if I twirl or bend or sit. Next, determine where the finished hem of the lining should be, in order to line up the lace. Here, I marked it with a pin.

Next, hem the lining. I serged off the extra hem length, and pressed up the hem along the serging line. If you don’t have a serger, a narrow hem would work as well, or a turned-twice hem. Time to start pinning the lace to the lining hem! I started at the centre back seam, but you could start at the sideseam if you prefer.Work your way around the hem, pinning the lace as you go. For easier sewing, pin in the direction you plan to sew! (I didn’t, and it slowed me down having to remove the pins from the wrong angle.. It would have been even slower to re-pin though!)

Here’s what the lace trim looks like from the other side. Our goal here is to have it look nice from both sides, in case it shows either way!

Now, it’s time to sew on the lace trim, and hem the lining, all in one easy step! Edgestitch along the folded hem. This will secure the lace to the lining, and hem the lining at the same time.

Continue hemming until you reach the starting point, backstitch and trim your threads. You’re done! A pretty (and simple) lace-trimmed skirt lining.Looking back, the only thing I might do differently next time, is attach the lace on the other side of the lining. This way it looks better from the inside, but when you cross your legs you’re mostly seeing it from the non-edgestitched side.

Ever trimmed your lining with lace? Is this the way you do it, or do you have a different method? Let us know in the comments!

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23 Responses to Lace-trimmed Lining: A Pretty Touch

  1. Lisa December 6, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    Thankyou for this tutorial , I will be copying this one day soon it really livens up a boring hem and makes it pretty special. I love the lime lace against the turquoise/ teal a lovely combination.

  2. Patty December 6, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    I hem my linings with lace – but I’m lazy. I layer the lace onto the linging so the and just sew them together flat, than I trim the lining fabric close to the seam with pinking shears!! Now that I have access to a serger, I might do something closer to your method. I just hate hemming so much!!

  3. Nancy December 6, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Cute! I love to add pretty lace to the inside of my dresses. I like to add lace in cheeky colors just for fun, loving the lime green.

  4. Jill/laughbutnotloudly December 6, 2010 at 7:49 am #

    That lime green lace definitely adds just the right touch to your dress. Can’t wait to see more pictures. I am lime green with envy,

  5. Amanda S. December 6, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I love this little addition! Great color choice for the teal fabric.

  6. Anita Johnston December 6, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Thanks for the helpful tutorial… and I love the contrast color for the lace.

  7. Casey December 6, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Beautiful tutorial! Adding lace to the hem is something I’ve done a lot this year; whether it’s directly to the dress/skirt hem or the lining. It’s such an easy but pretty touch to any garment!

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  8. Natasha Jane December 6, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    I love the color combination!

  9. Debi December 6, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I love this! Thanks so much for posting! And I am eagerly anticipating the dress photos :-)

  10. Krysta December 6, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    So gorgeous! Thanks for the tut, I’ll definitely be giving this a try. It’s such a nice touch.

  11. Camelia Crinoline December 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    It looks lovely. Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be doing this on my next dress as my goal lately has been to make the inside of the clothes I sew as pretty as the outside.

  12. Gail December 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Very pretty indeed. Thanks for the time you take to post tutorials. They are appreciated.

  13. Christiana December 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Great idea! Love the extra splash of colour.


  14. kaitui_kiwi December 6, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    I love that all your garments are as pretty and beautifully made on the inside as they are on the outside, it’s something I aspire too xx

  15. Funnygrrl December 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    You could do this to RTW dresses too, right? As long as the lining length was right.
    Such a nice touch. Good job!

  16. nicole December 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm #

    Love this idea! adds a little something extra :-)

  17. Eline December 7, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    I trimmed the hem of a top with lace. You don’t really see it, but I know it’s there and it makes the top feel very special :-)
    I love the combination of the teal and lime! It adds a little punch to your dress (which is very very beautiful!)

  18. Sue December 7, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    I have trimmed my lining with lace before but not very well. Thanks for the tutorial – it was explained very well!

  19. Dana Cetz December 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    It looks beautiful but I have autism and my skin is sensitive to scratchy things. Does the lace feel scratchy?

    I love fashion, design and fabrics myself. One day I inadvertently came across a fashion textbook at the library and realized I could understand it and draft patterns.

    I love to draft and alter patterns it is fun. I am trying to find a retail job or office job so I can have en excuse to wear my outfits.

    God bless and continue being beautiful.



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