I love Christmas and have always wanted a crazy fun Christmas skirt but have never found the right one (or one that wasn’t over $100). So what better way to start my path to creativity AND the Christmas season? Make myself a huge, bright and beautiful Christmas skirt!
The first thing I had to do for this project was google how to use my sewing machine, which I haven’t touched in approximately 11 years. And that really set the tone for the whole project.
I followed a pattern from a book called “DIY Couture” by Rosie Martin and chose to do the Skater Skirt. All sewing projects in this book are super cool and made easy. Of course, I didn’t stick to the easy instructions and decided to do a few things my own way, which probably added a few hours’ worth of work and stress on to the skirt. But hey! Worth it in the end!
The process was relatively simple – measure your waist, measure the length you want, use a string and pencil to measure the length in a semi-circle from your waist out which then gives you two semi-circles that you sew into a donut shape and voila! You have a circle skirt / skater skirt. That sounds easy enough but somehow, despite measuring twice and cutting once, I got the waist measurement wrong and had to sew up the seam again to bring the skirt in.
Then came the greatest part of the whole sewing project that I just can’t wait to do again. Sewing in the zipper! The instructions in the book said to hand sew the zipper down to make using the machine easier. But apparently they haven’t met me and had no idea that I know better than that. I jumped straight onto the machine and sewed that baby up. And it was a tragedy. So I had to unstitch it and try again. And you know what? I only had to do it about 3 or 4 times! So, I’d call it a major success.
Well… that was until I tried the skirt on and found that the waist was STILL too large for me (I think I was losing weight thanks to the stress of sewing the skirt). My husband suggested I could wear a belt with it, but you know what? I could just buy a skirt. Or I could go and get it fixed by the wonderful woman who takes up my jeans at the plaza. But that’s not what Kirby in Dreamland is all about! That’s when I decided to unpick one entire side-seam of my lovely Christmassy donut, cut it, resew the side, reattach the zipper and take in the waist band just a little more. And now, it fits like a glove (p.s. I think that takes the zip-sewing tally up to 5).
Last but not least, it was hemming time! Sounds fun and you know what – it wasn’t not fun. The book suggested using bias-binding and resources online said that hemming a curved edge (circle skirts or skater skirts) with a sewing machine is tough and never looks right. So I thought: challenge accepted! That’s when my machine broke at 1.30am and I decided to go to bed. But when I woke up the next day – challenge resumed! I pulled that damn machine apart, I put it back together and I hemmed that skirt like the boss bitch bitch I am. I felt like one of those amazing seamstresses on Megafactories that can whip up a leather interior for a Ferrari in 13 minutes. Except it took me about 30 minutes to carefully (and nervously) hem my way around this giant skirt! And it looks absolutely fine! No trouble at all! 10/10 would hem again.
I think the quality of the Christmas skirt is… fine. I wouldn’t want Zac Posen and Nina Garcia looking at it too closely. And please, no one look at the sewing of the buttonhole. It was the first buttonhole I’ve ever done and it’s awful and shouldn’t have to endure so much scrutiny anyway. And really, looking closely at people’s buttonholes sounds vulgar! So just don’t! But on the whole, it’s a good skirt! I love the shape and drape of it.
Overall, I think the skirt is gorgeous. I love the crazy, over the top Christmas Gingerbread pattern and I’m going to wear it to every Christmas occasion for the next million years and tell every single person that I made it myself and yes, I am extremely clever and probably should be a fashion designer, I know.
Now I just need to make some fashion labels that say Kirby in Dreamland and I’ll be on my way to Christmas boutique heaven!
Kirby in Dreamland
Extras: $15 (zip, buttons)
Time: Probably about 6 or 7 hours (it would have been less had I not decided to take in the skirt again at the last minute)
Satisfaction / Pride Level: (5/5)