On Pinterest you can always find runway photos of outrageous fashion designs with over the top embellishment or over the top fabric manipulation. The designer's runway is the perfect place for inspiration to make garments for the "real way" or "real life".
So this is where the marrying of simple McCall 3830 and the audacious faux leather/lace skirt began. The pattern pieces used where the front and back skirt. I had to figure out how to eliminate the transparency. So I underlined it with another layer of mesh fabric and lined the skirt with black tricot.
The skirt: Simple, right? Not so simple with this fabric. The challenge was to line up the faux leather strips and the lace so that it matched all the way around. This was accomplished by aligning the notches of the front and back skirt. Also, checking the bottom edge to make sure it was even. As a safety precaution, I added three inches just in case. After carefully cutting the front and back skirt pieces, I underlined it with the mesh. JuliaBobbin has a tutorial on how to underline lace fabric here. Also, I did a similar process on a lace dress here.
Finally to hem the skirt, I simply measured where the hem should be; removed the faux leather strips; and cut both layers of the mesh about a 1/2" below the last row of the faux leather.
The lining: I used the skirt pattern for the lining. I sewed it to the waist of the skirt after the zipper (invisible) was installed and the stay tape was sewn to the waist. The hem of the lining stops about 1 1/2" above the hem of the skirt.
I'm happy with the results and so was my sister. So, using the very simple pattern with a standout fabric makes this skirt special. The project was not hard to do, it just took a little time to figure out how to achieve it.