Learn how to add a skirt overlay to any sewing pattern. Add either chiffon, lace, or tulle for fun and easy sewing project.
Skirts are so great because they are one of the simpler clothing sewing projects, but it’s so easy to customize them. Adding an overlay is easy to do to any skirt sewing pattern, but it really elevates the look.
I’ve added lace, tulle, plisse, and chiffon to different skirts over the years, and they were all successful. Let’s learn how to add a skirt overlay to any skirt sewing pattern!
What fabric works for a skirt with an overlay?
The underneath layer or lining fabric should be opaque with drape. Some fabrics that will work are rayon challis, linen, chambray, and lawn, but there are plenty of other fabrics that will also work. It should be a similar color to the overlay.
The overlay can be made out of lace, chiffon, plisse (pleated fabric), and tulle. Anything that has a soft drape that is transparent or has holes will work beautifully.
What patterns work with a skirt overlay?
Look for a skirt that has a waistband. You’ll need the waistband to combine the two different skirts into one. Choose a pattern with a skirt that is either gathered or it’s a form of a circle skirt. These two designs work well with a skirt overlay.
When doing a skirt with an overlay, skip the pockets. It’s hard to make pockets work with a skirt overlay since you have to have an opening through two different skirts with one pocket.
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How to Add a Skirt Overlay to Any Pattern
- The amount of fabric recommended for the pattern for the lining or opaque skirt
- The same amount plus 1/4 yard of fabric for the overlay
- Skirt pattern – I used my free flat front elastic back skirt sewing pattern
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Cut out all the pieces of the skirt sewing pattern. Cut out the overlay 2 to 4 inches longer.
If you choose to cover the waistband with the overlay, first interface the regular waistband. Then pin and baste the overlay waistband to the interfaced waistband. Each waistband will be three layers.
Sew the side seams of the skirts with a French seam. This will enclose the raw edges, but it will look nice and pretty through the transparent overlay. Keep the overlay and the lining as separate skirts.
Sew the hems with a rolled hem. Keep the overlay and the lining as separate skirts
Place the overlay over the lining skirt and match up the top raw edges. Both skirts have the wrong side of the skirt facing towards the inside of the skirt.
If the skirt is gathered, then sew the 2 or 3 rows of basting stitches with the two skirts treated as one piece of fabric.
If the skirt is not gathered, then baste the opening of the skirts together so they can be treated as one piece of fabric.
Gather the skirt and sew the waistband onto the waist opening, OR sew the waistband to the waist opening of the circle skirt. You finished!
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!