Okay, seam-mistresses and -masters, I'm hoping you'll impart some of your wisdom on me. For the holidays, I took the kid sister to a fabric shop and offered to sew her a skirt. She chose a stretchy white lace to go over a flowy, plain white cotton. The goal is to attach the lace to the bottom cotton layer only at the waist, allowing it to move freely over the cotton. Something like these, only with the underlayer all the way down to the ankles:
The thing is, I've never actually sewn a skirt. I have made two kilts and a few other creations so I figure it can't be too hard. Armed with a sewing machine and some patience, I come to my fellow eplayans with a few questions.
1) What's your advice on a skirt pattern? Of those in the image below, I've heard that an elasticized circle skirt is the easiest to sew. My worry is how the lace will look all bunched up at the elastic band on the waist. I'm daunted by the panel skirts, because I'd be sewing lace to lace with no backing (I think).
2) Should I use cotton or polyester thread to join the poly-blend lace to the cotton?
3) Any tips for sewing stretchy lace? Should I use long stitches or loose stitches?
Thanks in advance!
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