Hurrah! Pop the corks this post will have links (& many!) Following all my issues with shockwave/flash crashing in Chrome I have moved across to Firefox & it’s great. No more problemos & very user friendly for a webnoob like me. Just thought you’d be glad – no more moaning on that front! So, sewing it is. PS The giveawaywayhay post (deliberate typo!) is being penned & just need some photos to launch later it this week, sorry for stringing you along.
Here it is, my second Colette Patterns Ginger skirt. I had intended it to be a quick & dirty affair making an unlined version using a red linen/ cotton mix, perfect for summer. But then I saw Karen’s holiday Ginger, & saw that she had taken the trouble to line it & thought “Come on Scruffy! Make an effort!”
I’ve lined my previous Ginger, & found that it could have done with a bit more ease in the lining. So this time, cutting out the lining I added an extra cm to each side seam to allow for ease of wearing. I also cut the front on the fold rather than create an additional seam which isn’t needed inside. Just used gathers to ease the lining to fit at the waistband at the appropriate point in the making up.
I think I’m a bit into petticoats at the moment … look at how I’ve finished it off (& some secret rick rack also! Makes it feel like Christmas!)
This I think deserves a bit of space all to itself. To avoid the gaping at the top, I referred back to my first Ginger & the alterations I made to it. Luckily I had transferred these to my pattern pieces & was therefore able to line up & transfer these with the sweetheart waistband that I wanted to make this time.
The top piece is how it is before I made adjustments – the bottom two pieces show the weird wedge I need to take out of this waistband side seams.
** Post edit – please refer to the comment left by Mrs C below to develop this alteration to the next level & make a rounded waistband translating the adjustment evenly across the pieces – it’s a good read!! **
It was weird sewing it though – it seems counter intuitive seeing the angle that the three pieces make when sewn up together. But it worked, it fits my clearly counter intuitive body shape.
So, to detour again from the “quick & dirty” I felt obliged to add some detailing, to invest some more love into this skirt. It was worth it I think. I cut some strips of the skirt fabric on the bias & made piping. Nothing too obvious, as this skirt is going to be a basic colour blocker, but the piping just makes me feel it is a bit more special.
Since reading Roobeedoo’s note that the waistband in this version can wrinkle I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. My interfacing, although medium, had already ironed on a bit awkwardly & therefore became my waistband facing (oh, I wasn’t going to admit to that!) I didn’t want to risk it on the waistband proper in case it ironed on all gunkily again. All through the construction the need for stiffness (stop sniggering) was niggling me. Was I going to risk the quality of the skirt for lack of thought & effort? My fix in the end was to create a template of the space inside the stitching, ie the finished waistband & create a buckram duplicate in the hope that it keeps it standing up right. It seems to be OK…. but makes a crinkly noise when you move around sitting!
My invisible zip went in fine, piping just about even both sides if you squint. It’s just the top didn’t finish as neatly as it could, but looks like a design feature. Perhaps it is because of the piping.
I think this is going to be useful. I’ve already discovered LOADS of tops that it goes nicely with & today I wore it with my Vintage Vogue jacket no less (it’ll appear in a Me Made May roundup)