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'Making Christmas, Making Christmas, La La Laaaaaaaaa'

October 22, 2012

Recently, Kristl emailed me with a challenge: "We are making tree skirts that we can wear out as a party accessory on New Year's Eve ... Would you like to play along?"

Would I ever! I love multitasking pieces, and I love a good sewing challenge.

I also love the holidays, and for me, the season starts with Halloween and goes right on through New Year's Eve. And the common theme that runs through all those months is several repeat viewings of one of my very favorite movies, "The Nightmare Before Christmas." I love the story of Jack Skellington's quest to find more in life beyond the boundaries of Halloweentown. Who among us hasn't longed for more or wondered what delights the world holds that we may not have seen yet? And I love letting the Halloween vibe carry through the entirety of the holiday season.

So, the theme for my tree skirt was a no-brainer. Jack Skellington needed to make an appearance. The assembly was very basic. I used crushed taffeta as the base and cut a simple circle. Then I sketched out my designs. Once I was happy with the proportions,  I transferred those designs to Heat-n-Bond fusible interfacing and used a variety of taffeta colors to create an homage to my favorite holiday film. 

Here's my tree skirt in place on my dining room table with our little fiber optic tree.

This is the curly hill detailing on the tree skirt. Jack Skellington is cut out of a scrap of pinstripe suiting.
The detailing on his face was created with a black fine-tip Sharpie. Because I didn't want the marker ink to bleed into my fabric fibers, I first painted over my white fabric with a light layer of white craft paint.

2-Tree-Skirt-Skirt.jpgAnd on the other side, I had to include Oogie Boogie's shadow on the moon. I love the subtle texture that's created when you fuse a smooth fabric over the crushed taffeta.

But of course, functioning as a tree skirt is only half of the equation. I have to be able to wear my creation out and about! I used a series of small D-rings along the edges that close the circle so I can easily lace it up. The function is the same for both of the skirt's uses.

Here's the skirt on my dress form, layered over a pettiskirt and combined with a boned bodice and a purple jacket:

And the back. You can see the bow that finishes off the laced closure on the right. Because this skirt sits over a full pettiskirt, even if the fashion skirt gaps, there's no accidental exposure. This is also a fun opportunity to use a contrast color on your pettiskirt to provide a pop of color.

So now I can decorate from Halloween all the way through the winter holidays without having to switch things out. And at the end of the season, I can wear my skirt to a fabulous party to ring in the new year! Bring on the holidays -- I'm ready!


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