Lace Ballet Skirt w/ Raw Edges DIY

lace skirt diy+big curls+chair



* 1 yard of lace fabric …unless you want it longer, then measure appropriately {I had an almost square piece of vintage ivory lace}
* Matching thread
* Ribbon {color & size & texture of your choice}
* Scissors, pins, tape measure

* This is a simple drawstring style skirt.



* Cut edges off lace, and into a circle of sorts. I left the longer sides flat because cutting a full circle would have made the skirt shorter. If you want more of a mini skirt, a perfect circle would be more appropriate.


* Lay out your lace and find the center. Pull up and snip with your scissors.


* Continue cutting a perfect circle. This will be your waist


* Try on your skirt. Since I wanted the option to wear it at my waist OR my hips, I made it about 4 inches larger than my hips at their largest point. {since it will be gathered, it’s okay if it’s a fairly large circle/waist}


* Using your ribbon to determine the size of your waist band {drawstring tunnel}, fold your center circle fabric over it and pin in place.


* To continue creating your drawstring tunnel, you’ll have to notch the fabric. Tip: whenever your fabric won’t lay flat, snip it with your scissors until it does, then pin that section in place.


* This is the inside of your skirt


* Hand stitch your drawstring tunnel flat in place. If you have perfectly matching thread, you can use any stitch that will work because you won’t see it at all.


* Flip your skirt right side out and try it on. Decide where you want the front to be and cut a slit in the center of your tunnel …pull your ribbon through {by using a safety pin if needed} and tie a bow. At this point, if you don’t like the length or the way some of the edges are falling, just cut them into the shape you like. You will leave the edges raw. They won’t fray …but if they do a little, it just ads to the romance of the style. Tip: I scalloped the edges a bit by cutting around the floral/lace pattern at the edges.


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lace skirt diy

wearing: black leggings, old black lace printed tank, black blazer, Tiffany lock pendant/chain, Boutique 9 lace up pumps

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Kristina

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    so cute and simple! Thanks for posting!!


  • Megan

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I only just recently found your blog and gosh do I love it!

    Such a cute skirt!

  • Estefania Lovelifefashion

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Nice skirt 🙂
    Your hair looks amazing!

  • Nadine

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Fantastic make-up.

  • loveSHARA

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am loving your hair, I wish my hair could hold just one curl/wave. /:

  • Rocio

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    The skirt is very nice!! I love it and will try.
    AH!! and your hair is perfect today!

  • 6roove

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    this is so lovely, Maeg! adorable!
    thanks for sharing :))

  • Polyvorina

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Aw, what a helpful hubby! “Maeg-It-Yourself” is so cute too. I’ll be continuously keeping an eye out for those features. As always, great pictures! 🙂

  • vixi

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    WOW i love!! and Maeg-it yourself…touche! 🙂

  • Andra

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    this looks so cute!!!! love it!
    and you look great 🙂

  • Jelka

    January 11, 2011 | Reply
  • Namine

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    love the new title!! Cute skirt!! I will have to find some lace!!

  • Fashion Agony

    January 11, 2011 | Reply
  • Tierney

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Dang girl, you have a banging bod.

    That skirt idea is too cute, too. You look very Carrie from SatC in these pictures. (Well, you look much better than Carrie, as I am convinced SJP has great style, but a sad unfortunate face).

    I love DIY things, and I’m always like, “I’m totally going to do that!” and then I get lazy and never do it.


  • Megan

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Love, love, love. Great job, Maegan!

    xo ~ Megan @

  • Sing

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I love it, very creative. I need to make a trip to the fabric store and see what I can come up with.

  • *amanda*

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I would love to Maeg this! Great job to the husb for thiggin’ up the new DIYposts title!

    This outfit it too cute, too!

  • Glamorous Newlywed

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Love the skirt, and LOVE the hair!

  • Sidewalk Ready

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I love this one! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Chessa!

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    your hair looks amazing and I too love your new title-to-be! clever man your husband:)

  • Jessi

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    So pretty and simple! Of course I’m looking at this as a potential dance costume idea 🙂
    Glad to hear that name is going to stick – love it!
    xoxo J

  • Gwen

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    So cute!!! I actually think this is something I could do for Ellie & my nieces to play with. Maybe I’ll get some fabric and save the idea for my next snow day. 🙂 XOXO

  • modanista junkie

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    OMG this is freaking amazing!!! I love how you paired it with those shoes AND your hair is super hot!!!

    Fabulous DIY dahling!!


  • vee

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    i love it!! so going to try this, your awesome!!

  • CessOviedo

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Wow this is amazing and so easy to do! Love the raw edges maked it look so ballerina rocker-ish!…
    Love your new term, hope no one steals this from you, or at least gives you credit!

  • eupenmalmody

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been lurking for a long-time and would have stayed that way, except your hair is so gorgeous in these pictures that I had to tell you. Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Ava

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I love your blog! And I love that you do DIY projects and help the rest of us be more inventive and fashionable! 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  • TK Kerouac

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Very pretty, this is magazine worthy, send it in!

  • G.

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    You have amazing hair and I absolutely love when you have curled your hair.

  • aftertherace

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    I LOVE IT! You’re so creative! I also love the way you curled your hair. 🙂

  • Ana Paula from Get Craftin {crafts and a little fashion}

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    LOVE THIS!! You are so great!!

  • My Shoes Please

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Stunning! <3 You are great!

  • Marie a la Mode

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, you did an incredible job! It’s gorgeous! I love your hair too.

  • Nikki Aimee

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Simply ♥ it, Maeg.

  • Anonymous

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Fan-tastic!! Love your long curls, too! I can’t wait to visit my local craft/fabric store……maybe a deep burgundy lace, even black lace with black tights/leggings underneath?…….the choices are endless. Thanks for taking your time to show us this great DIY!

  • Anonymous

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    p.s. I LOVE the photo with your hands held on your waist. For sure, a “pin-up”, poster, or calendar photo!

  • Maggie May

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    gorgeouser and gorgeeouser! hee hee

    good timing with Black Swan

  • Violet

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    This idea is great and I will have to try and I’m amazed by those curls they look great in u and the first photo is so pretty

    Vi from Cali

  • Couture Carrie

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Awesome MIY, darling!
    Thanks for the tutorial!


  • drollgirl

    January 11, 2011 | Reply


    and i LOVE YOUR HAIR!!

  • Sally

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    The skirt looks great, especially with such killer shoes!

  • Anonymous

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Love this lace skirt!


  • Leigh

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    great DIY! it looks so easy…and it turned out so well!

  • Elissa

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    This is such a fun tutorial — and the results look like surprisingly polished and amazing! Thanks for posting this.

  • Moosette

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    Love this… looks easy enough 🙂 And love the new title!

  • Iva

    January 11, 2011 | Reply

    OMG!!! I LOVE THIS!! So sweet!! I love this lace!! ITS BEAUTIFUL!! Is this the one you were waiting on?!! Its so fantastic!!

    I love this Maeg-it!!! Its amazing! And I love how you scalloped the ends!! Just adds the perfect touch to it!!


  • Coley-Cole

    January 12, 2011 | Reply

    You are so freakin’ gorgeous! Love the whole look!

  • Bree @ The Blog Stylist

    January 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ahh… so cute!
    And you are making me wish I’d never cut my hair!

  • Tiffany

    January 12, 2011 | Reply

    oohhh I can’t wait to find some lace and try this project out! So romantic and feminine!

  • alixrose

    January 12, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you for this tutorial but I have to know how did you get your hair so curly? It looks so beautiful.

  • Eli

    January 12, 2011 | Reply

    oh my gosh your hair is looking extra vavoom and beautiful here! not unlike Taylor Swifts bouncy curls. I love it!

    This is such a great and simple tutorial, thanks for posting it! I’ll have to find fabric and time to do this!

  • Seego

    January 16, 2011 | Reply

    I love the idea of that skirt. While I was looking at it, a thought popped into my head: a lace top with wide sleeves.
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial and inspiration. 😀


    January 16, 2011 | Reply

    Love it! Linked to it as one of my fave things this week.
    – xo, Vanessa Elizabeth


    January 18, 2011 | Reply

    Ooh pretty Meagan! You’re soooo good at this! I’ll be linking.

  • *Suzan*

    January 19, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, my God! I loved that…! Soooo cute. Beauuuuutiful. A Ballet trend.

    Kisses. Suzana > Beauty & Style blog:

  • Emily

    January 19, 2011 | Reply

    This skirt is so pretty! And your photos are gorgeous!

  • Kymberlie R. McGuire

    January 23, 2011 | Reply

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  • ...with ♥, SB.

    January 27, 2011 | Reply

    I REALLY WANT TO TRY THIS.. Thanks your amazing.

  • avin

    February 13, 2011 | Reply

    so easy and so cool! I lobve it

  • Andrea Desde el Trópico...

    February 18, 2011 | Reply

    It is gorgeous. Love it!!

  • Shell

    November 12, 2012 | Reply

    I love the idea! I’m thinking this would look great longer in back and worn over a long pencil skirt… hmmmm….
    I can’t wait to make one!
    Thank you!

  • for girls

    July 7, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, amazing idea ! love this skirt !

  • rosese

    October 27, 2015 | Reply

    Hi, this is so wonderful and I am a beginner but I learned so quickly by just watching the tutorial, glad I found this cause it is exactly what I want. God bless and Thanks!

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