Making frosting out of cake – An underlined lace Tiramisu skirt

This post could also be called Sewing Cake Binge #3 as I used yet again the Cake Patterns Tiramisu skirt pattern pieces. 

I had some lace left over from my lace yoke tee and some dark navy (almost black) jersey left over from my Cabarita.  Even though I’m thinking it may be a tad too girly-saccharine sweet, even for me, I decided to experiment with making another Tiramisu skirt.  This is frosting for sure – I won’t be wearing this to pop down to the shops anytime soon.

My teeth ache just a little just looking at it, but I plan on wearing it with a solid black and it does feel rather fun to wear.  It FEELS great.

The jersey underlining actually works better than I expected: the skirt is as comfortable as a knit skirt should be.  I used a wide bias trim binding for the waistband and added an invisible zip.

I reinforced the zip seams with a strip of fusible interfacing and it really works brilliantly at stabilising this area for a ultra smooth zipper seam, especially as it is installed into a double layer of knit fabric.

Underlining and seams

Centre back invisible zip and bias trimmed waistband (needs a hook and eye)

The busy lace pattern hides the centre front and back seam.  The underlining is cut not really on grain as I had barely enough fabric but as it is a stable 4-way stretch I seem to have got away with it.

I really love this pattern as a skirt, after making two of them it is a great TNT – it’s full but not too full, and the four gore design and bias markings make playing with patterns easy.  In this skirt it really helped me cut a full skirt out of barely any fabric.

Plus, as everything was left over from previous makes (including the zip harvested from an old cushion about to be tossed) its FREE FREE FREE! Woo hoo.

  • Look! We made really similar skirts! Mine is a double knit “brocade”, but it looks really similar… and like you, I found it a bit *sweet*! It’s really pretty on you – I hope you get some wear out of it!

  • Look! We made really similar skirts! Mine is a double knit "brocade", but it looks really similar… and like you, I found it a bit *sweet*! It's really pretty on you – I hope you get some wear out of it!

  • Oh wow! Twins. They do look alike. I will wear it. The fit is great, I love the drape and I like it with plain black. I just cringe a bit – i always seem to be making super girly things, a bit inappropriate for my 42 years. Making up for only having daggy hand me downs as a child I'm sure.

  • I love it! Such a good idea, too. I never would have thought to underline with jersey. I don’t know why, though, it seems like the best idea ever!

    • Thanks! I only did it because that was all I had on hand in the right colour but it worked so well I’ll definitely do it again.

  • I love it! Such a good idea, too. I never would have thought to underline with jersey. I don't know why, though, it seems like the best idea ever!

  • Sharon

    Gorgeous skirt and love the way the 4 gores fall.

    • Thanks and so do I. The jersey underlining worked really well.

  • Gorgeous skirt and love the way the 4 gores fall.

  • Thanks! I only did it because that was all I had on hand in the right colour but it worked so well I'll definitely do it again.

  • Thanks and so do I. The jersey underlining worked really well.

  • Shar

    I’ve been loving your cake series! The Tiramisu does have such a great skirt, but I never thought to separate it from the bodice. I really like the lace and don’t think it’s too girly. Your shoes are perfect for this outfit too. Are you doing the Hummingbird sewalong?

    • Thanks so much Shar. Phew. It’s good to have a second opinion. And yep, am doing the sewalong. Anxiously awaiting my pattern as we speak. Have my skirt fabric ready to go (I’m doing the one with the flounce) but still not decided on the top. Having trouble finding something I like.

  • I've been loving your cake series! The Tiramisu does have such a great skirt, but I never thought to separate it from the bodice. I really like the lace and don't think it's too girly. Your shoes are perfect for this outfit too. Are you doing the Hummingbird sewalong?

  • Thanks so much Shar. Phew. It's good to have a second opinion. And yep, am doing the sewalong. Anxiously awaiting my pattern as we speak. Have my skirt fabric ready to go (I'm doing the one with the flounce) but still not decided on the top. Having trouble finding something I like.

  • Lizzy

    Oh it’s just beautiful – I’d wear it everywhere!

  • Oh it's just beautiful – I'd wear it everywhere!

  • Oh thanks Lizzy!

  • lulumiss

    Love your idea of making the tiramisu a two piece and this lace was a great choice. Keeping the rest of the outfit basic really does tone down the girlie. Nice job!

  • Love your idea of making the tiramisu a two piece and this lace was a great choice. Keeping the rest of the outfit basic really does tone down the girlie. Nice job!