I am part of the Colette Patterns Ginger-loving community – at last! And not only is it finished but it has also been road tested. Verdict? Pretty good. It’s a joy to wear – so comfortable, neat & flattering whilst able to hide that lunch-that-was-too-big-&-needs-a-run-to-make-me-feel-less-guilty. It survived a day at the office, lots of sitting, some moving around in chairs (a great length & shape for moving seats & continuing to look demure with minimum smoothing/ adjusting). And allowed rather a swishy sashay across town as part of my walk to/from work. (Look! It was a Colette day – it’s being worn with my Sencha)
So as I said, it’s through
envy admiration of the plethora of Gingers that have been popping up like rampant funghi across the blogging community that I was persuaded through the opinion of Roobeedoo “yes it is a special skirt, not a run-of-the-mill A line”, to bite the bullet & quickly visit MisforMake & slap it in my basket before I could change my mind. Oh, yes, there was another Colette pattern that I was compelled to add, you know, to make the purchase/ postage worthwhile, but details of that can for now remain between me & Kate….
So, having broken it in today, putting it through the exigences of office working (it’s tough, but someone’s got to do it) I can vouch that it will be a wardrobe staple. I am loving the colour – why oh why did I wait so long to make this green fabric up as a skirt? I can now wear grey and black together without looking like I am going to crumble away into a puff of talcum powder! And I’ve got other tops/ blouses that contain greens, purples, so this is feeling like a good choice in livening up winter in the Scruffybadger closet.
Ooops – look at me all scruffy – not straightening out my top from being squashed under a cardi!
OK, onto the making. Well, need I say that it is a delight to sew? A skirt with no darts (swoon). I can’t remember what size I made, but unusually I needed no adjustment at the waist for the hip size (Maybe I’m thickening with some good middle aged spread – perhaps it’s the outrageous evil Krispy Kremes we had as pay day treats on Friday …) I did have to take the high waistband in at the top by a couple of inches in all I think, grading it to the waist. Not a problem & no gaping now. Simple. Happy.
I lined it in sari fabric – I should try to test it to see if it is silk, shouldn’t I?
For Law, you asked about lining it- I just cut the same skirt pieces out of lining fabric, & choosing to line the inside waistband I cut one piece out of the green, & one out of lining. You could if you wanted to make the waistband out of the green fabric & cut lining for the just the skirt pieces. Anyway, super lazy I serged the seams (ie sewed serged seams), rather than stitch and finish them. I was sure not to make the lining in anyway smaller than the actual skirt- if anything it was a bit bigger to make sure there would be no internal ripping! (Thanks for the warning Tilly– maybe less necessary for an A line but nonetheless …). So Law, I researched how to put in the invisible zip with lining nice & neatly without hand sewing (you know me- machine where possible!)
In the end I followed the Colette Patterns tutorial for inserting a facing with an invisible zip. First put the zip in the main skirt (I took a few attempts on this to get it sufficiently invisible as I wasn’t happy with how close I got to the zip teeth). I think I may even have sewed the skirt CB seam next. Then, having assembled the lining (including lining skirt to lining waistband but without sewing the CB seam ) I attached it to the skirt waistband at the top. After that, keeping right sides together, I sewed the lining to the inside of each side of the zip. I did need to check it had all worked out before undertaking the CB lining seam, but it was fine!
I was concerned with the lining that there wasn’t enough to anchor it to the waistband, it could potentially be hanging from the top of the waistband & only attached to the zipper opening. No idea what I should have done, what the proper way is, but I topstitched both the top & the lower edge of the waistband, making sure the lining was all nice & straight to get caught nice & securely.
The rest they say is history. I added some black lace to the lining’s hem, but to be honest it’s probably cheaper than the skirt deserves, but all I had, verging on being better than nothing! The wool crepe you can see survived the office & being sat on lots with just a couple of creases. This is lovely lovely fabric, & really suits this wonderful Colette Pattern. Oh yes, the other finishing touch, a Tilly bow belt to garnish that lovely high waist.
I haven’t decided what other Gingers to make, but there will be more. I’m just a bit disappointed it won’t be suitable for a bias tartan out of the purple/grey I bought recently at the Rag Market. The check is not square.
While I’m on the subject, has anyone ever thought that if there were only a limited number of patterns a sewist is allowed to possess, just what proportion would end up being Colette Patterns? Every one I sew I love ……& I have three more as yet untouched ….and already want to make more of those I have sewn ….