I gathered this sucker right into a dirndl skirt for the holiday season! Since the print runs perpendicular to the selvedges, I had to cut two panels to use in the skirt instead of one long piece.
Like I described in the pinecones skirt tutorial, I marked the waistband and skirt fabric into fourths: front center, back center, right side seam, left side seam.
Next, for this gathered skirt I sewed a long basting stitch at the top of the skirt fabric at the 3/8" mark. I sewed another at the 5/8" mark. (I use 1/2" seams on my skirts, so this means there will be a basting stitch on either side of the real seam line. This makes the gathering look more even and easier to sew down.) Do not backstitch at the beginning and end of these seams!
After that, I matched up the markings on the skirt and the waistband and pinned them together. I then grabbed both of the basting ends from one side and gently pulled, moving the fabric down the thread and gathering it until it fit the waistband. For me, it's easier to do half of the skirt from one side, then finish the gathering of the fabric from the other end of the thread. Be careful not to break the basting thread!
I then added more pins to keep all the gathers in place and sewed the front of the waistband to the skirt, finishing it all out exactly like in the pinecones skirt tutorial. (If you have questions about this, don't hesitate to ask! This is just a quick overview, so let me know if you need some help!)
I did not have a zipper that even remotely coordinated with this, so I went with these oddly colored buttons from my stash. This time around I was smarter than when I made my Christmas border print skirt and added a button placket to the waistband and skirt so it didn't end up too tight around my waist. I have learned!
Voila! Another fine Christmas skirt! I wore it today for a day of flea marketing and errand running in my husband's hometown near St. Louis. I like that this Christmasy without being overtly so. I've worn pretty much ever bit of forest green clothing I have (which is only a couple things!), so I needed a Christmas look with a slightly different color combo! Of course, I planned to wear this with a black belt (hence the plain hook and eye closure on the front), but I forgot it in my packing frenzy. OH WELL.
skirt: handmade by me (this fabric is no longer on the Joann website, but you may still be able to find it in a local store if you want it!)
shoes: Payless Kids
shirt: American Eagle (BEST t-shirt)
jacket: part of my vintage 1940s suit
jade earrings: gifted
Do you have any Christmas skirts you're wearing this December? If so, we'd love to see them! Leave a link to a picture we can all "ooo" and "aaaah" at!
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