Here’s a super cute and simple lace “skirt” hack for the Aphrodite thong!! I love this hack as it totally changes the look of the simpler silhouette. Let’s get into it!
First, cut all pieces per pattern for the low-rise string back (you can try this with other views, that’s just what I chose). Make sure to use fold over elastic for the waistband for this hack!
Pro tip – iron (with steam) your fold over elastic pieces in half to create a memory creases; this makes them much easier to install!
Assemble the “body” of the thong, and then mark the center of your waistband elastic. Line the center mark up with the front of your thong, and (I use wash-away “wonder tape” here) baste the front of the thong to the center line of your FOE. Make sure the thong fabric is right side up (RSU), as the lace will cover the top of it.
Next, stretch your FOE as long as you can and measure it when stretched. Cut your decorative lace to this length. Trim it so it is 2.75″ tall (or to your preference).
Next, we’ll gather the lace with FOE to create a ruffle effect. Stitch the first inch with a zig zag stitch to get the piece going. Once you can reach the sewn bit behind the presser foot, hold it and PULL your FOE taut. Do not pull the lace!! Clip the FOE as you go if it makes it easier. Now holding the FOE both in front of and behind the presser foot (with the FOE taut), stitch with a zig zag. Make sure you’re not pulling against your presser foot (this is why we hold both ends), you’re just holding it as it goes through.
When you get to the body of the thong, the wash away tape will prevent you stretching the FOE, so you can just sew this part flat. Alternatively, if you’ve basted with a wide zig zag, you can continue to stretch the FOE here.
When you get to the othe end, trim any excess lace. Place the ends right sides together (RST) and stitch at 1/4″ seam allowance (SA).
Press this back seam flat, and I also like to steam the FOE as we have stretched it out, this helps it go back to it’s original shape. Be careful not to steam your lace if it is delicate.
Stitch the string back to the now-flattened seam over the FOE only.
Since the lace wasn’t stretched over the front thong, I like to create a few small snips in the lace to help it lay flat when worn. You can try on your thong first to see if this is necessary!
Congratulations, you’ve finished the skirted lace hack; now go make a cute Lana or Bryn to match it!!