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Loving my (recycled) vintage lace skirt

I'm feeling very eco-friendly, vintage style-influenced, and trendy with this latest skirt project!  I'm sure you'll be proud.

You may remember a while back I cut apart a vintage lace shift dress, very 60's shapeless, that had some damage and was missing the zipper and lining when I rescued it from the Goodwill Outlet bins.  I used the top for the bodice of this dress, but I was sure to save enough on the bottom for a potential future project.

And it came time for that project!  Obvs, lace is everywhere this year, and there is pretty crappy lace selection at JoAnn and from new manufacturers--often, so scratchy and thin!  But, in the stores, there are great lace pieces, and here are some inspiration images on some lovely style bloggers, in case you're not sure what I mean!

Lots of prettiness, eh??  I love that a lace skirt doesn't have to be racy or lingerie-ey.  They're fun for daytime, too!

With that in mind, I cut up the bottom half of the vintage dress and used a small piece of greyish twill that I had laying around.  I used New Look 6003, slim fit, no darts in the front, and just barely had enough lace!  I used a black cotton sateen for the contrast waistband, which I think gave it a nice contrast.

And, I took my own blog pics of it--still feeling very proud of my tech-saavy! ;)

Gettin' sneaky with the remote... ;)

What do you think?  It doesn't look too evening-ey, right?  The lace is pretty thick/substantial, and that extra layer of twill makes it really wearable, not thin-feeling at all!  I already wore it to work once, with a plain black sweater on top, but I'd love to branch out.  

Do you have any lace pieces?  How do you wear them for daytime?


  1. It looks stunning, very classy!

  2. SOooooooo beautiful! Funny, my sister is a fashion blogger and did a post today on wearing her black lace skirt in a non evening way!

    Her blog is in case you want to check it out.

    I actually would love your skirt paired with a chambray shirt for daytime!

    1. Thanks for the link!! Your sister's blog is super cute! I can def see this skirt with chambray or light denim....

  3. I've had a similar skirt for years and always had trouble pairing it with anything else than black. I think a quirky sweater like this one: would help dress it down ( I saw a similar outift in vogue once. A black and white stripe shirt would also work...

    1. Fun idea!! I don't have any sweaters like that, but I get the vibe!

  4. Super cute!!! I have some lace in my stash but I am so afraid to hack it up! I just imagine it being very hard to sew!

    1. Hmm, this lace was actually really easy to sew because it's thick. Not sure about all lace... I have a post with tips for sewing on lace in the works!

  5. It looks great! Wear it with either a white or gray blouse? Possibly a fancier, long sleeved shirt?

    I adore lace! I have a lace camisole-t-shirt I wear all the time with dress slacks and a cardigan. I have a crochet-lace and ribbed-knit skirt that's fun for going out. With that I use a long tank top that gives a 1920s sort of feel.

  6. I like the way you used a neutral lining. I think it gives it such a classic feel! I love the lace I'm seeing everywhere; it's so feminine.

  7. Beautiful! I have some lace that I need to make into a skirt. Lace can totally be dressed up or down and is always flirty and fun!

  8. I do not have any lace pieces but I would love to have a skirt like the one you up cycled! Gorgeous!

  9. I love the look of lace, and your skirt looks fabulous! Makes me want to start sewing come cute clothing pieces!

  10. Great lace skirt, and cool how you recycled it!

    I have a lace skirt I wear to work plenty, usually with printed tights to make it extra funky and fun layers on top!

  11. Thanks, ladies! It was a pretty quick and easy project, and of course lace is lots of fun!!

  12. So much pretty lace, and you look lovely!




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