It was exactly what I was wanting and I already had everything I needed! They used burlap,
muslin, & old lace. What I had was burlap, some soft linen-like fabric, old "new lace" curtain panels, & an old sheet to use as the backing.
To give the white lace panels a softer and older look, I tried my hand at tea-staining. I just filled my laundry sink with hot water, tossed in a few tea bags, added the curtain panels & waited........
and waited some more! It never got quite as dark as I originally wanted, but I decided I really didn't mind just a subtle change. At least it wasn't white-white anymore....lol!
The Divas tutorial was quite good, & I followed it -- mostly! The burlap I had on hand is more for crafts and is pretty stiff, so I ran a gathering stitch with yarn on all the burlap strips, laid them out in my laundry room on towels and spritzed them with water. When they dried, I had permanent ruffles. For the rows of lace and linen, I simply gathered them by hand as I stitched them onto the backing. I had to get a bit skimpy on some of the ruffling, because I was afraid I would run out of the linen fabric. It worked out and you really can't tell.
I added one final row of lace and bound the inside edge of the skirt with some gold grosgrain ribbon that I had on hand. I added ties with the ribbon in two other places along the open edges of the skirt.
This is the finished skirt! I just love it!
And this is how it looks wrapped around the tree. What do you think?
I'm very happy!
Just remember, I'm partying at these fine blogs this week:
Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin for Christmas Decor on a Budget Party
Suzy at Worthing Court for Better Late Than Never Christmas Inspirations Bloghop