The “Christmastime is Here” Skirt | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Tablecloth and napkin set purchased from a local thrift store
Year: c. 2011
Notions: A brooch purchased in a vintage store a few years back
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes – when it's "Beginning to look at lot like Christmas"
Total Cost: ~$18
When I saw Mena's amazing Christmas dress from last year, I knew I had to make something like that for myself this year! I hit the thrift stores hard for something – ANYTHING – that fit the bill and came up empty after visiting 4 stores. Defeated, I decided to go to one more. Jackpot!
This adorable set of holiday linens was stuffed into a shelf and seemed to be left just for me to find. Once I did, the old ladies hoarding Christmas items started circling – "Oh dear – are you going to buy that?" "That would sure look nice on my table!" I knew I had to check out with my goods fast or get my treasure poached! $18 later I was one heck of a fabric find richer. Sarah: 1; Poachers: 0. *swish*
The tablecloth was PERFECT for what I wanted to do – I simply cut up one side, removed the middle circle (leaving the ring of poinsettias and holly) and serged the edges to an underskirt of white (the skirt has cutouts, so this was for modesty). I took the napkins, cut them in half, and sewed them end-to-end to create the waistband/tie, leaving one end with an embroidered holly detail!
I wanted to make a wrap around skirt, but wasn't sure how to handle the wrapping around part. Should it go in the front? The back? I took a cue from the Colette playbook and made this sucker close in the back with a chic wrap across the front. Because my planning ahead skills aren't the greatest at the moment, I made the side with the holly leaf on it too short. Somehow, it all worked out and I even got to use this sweet bow brooch to close it. Huzzah!
This skirt is the most awesome thing I have ever made – I LOVE Christmas and crazy Christmas attire, so this is going to be my standard party uniform every holiday season! Happy Holidays friends!