Using Rick Rack to Trim a Skirt

Rick rack reminds me of childhood. It seems like a quaint trim but it can add a nice accent to skirt or jacket – especially when you only have the botom of its scalloped edge visible along the hem.

I bought this long grey skirt a while ago and I decided that if I wanted to keep wearing it I had to change the look. I had some giant rick rack (1.5 inches wide is pretty huge), which I bought when I was in Los Angeles a couple months ago. So I thought, why not add it to my boring skirt?

One evening I just basted it in place and then hand sewed the rick rack on the skirt. The place where the two ends joined wasn’t exactly seamless but I think it turned out OK. The ends join on the side so you don’t really notice it.

Here are some details of the steps I took.

Basting rick rack – wrong side view
Basting rick rack – right side view
Here’s where the rick rack joins at the side seam.


Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

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