Pattern: Grainline Studios Moss Mini Skirt
Fabric: Gifted corduroy from my mom’s fabric stash
Top: Self-drafted pattern; sweatery knit fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics
Leggings: Tommy Hilfiger
It’s kinda funny – I think I wear shorter skirts in the fall/wintertime than in the spring/summer. My hemlines tend to go higher and higher because of all the boots, leggings, and tights I love to wear when the temperatures dip – I’m much more modest with my hems when my legs aren’t covered. I thought a couple of my skirts were on the short side but in actuality, this is probably the shortest skirt in my closet now. Yikes!
I loveloveloved this pattern! As soon as I saw it available in Jen’s shop, I knew I had to have it and make it for the fall. I’m not a fan of downloadable sewing patterns a la Burdastyle – all of the printer paper, taping the pieces together, cutting all of it out – but with a project as small as a skirt, it didn’t seem like it’d be too tricky or time-consuming to do.
I had a couple of firsts with this skirt: first time sewing with corduroy (did you know the name is derived from the french for “cord du roi,” or “king’s cord?”) and first time sewing a fly front zipper. Well actually, the latter is not true, I stitched one before on a pair of red shorts, but it looked horrible and the shorts didn’t fit at all. So my track record on fly front zippers before this skirt was not good. After studying Jen’s photo-tutorial on her blog, reading my Complete Book of Sewing, and ripping out some stitches, I’m pretty happy with how this zipper turned out. Not perfect, but passable.
I also practiced my topstitching skills, something I don’t get to use a whole lot when sewing knit dresses. I swear that seam in the back is not crooked…
And this skirt has pockets! These are the best kind of pockets, a diagonal seamed pocket that doesn’t gape open. The lining fabric is out of some leftover quilting fabric I had in my stash, which is a nice weight for a sturdy pocket; there’s nothing worse than flimsy lining fabric that can’t hold up to normal wear-and-tear. The construction of the pockets is great, too – the lining extends and anchors to the center front seam which keep the pockets nice and flat instead of bunching up.
Did you also see that above I mentioned I drafted this top pattern? Yessiree I did! I whipped it up on a Friday night in about two hours from drafting to finishing. It’s a simple two-seam dolman sleeve top that’s cut out in one piece. If I was to make another, which I probably will because this is so comfy to wear, I’d draft a deeper dolman curve than this one so there isn’t so much bunching of fabric in the underarm area.
Overall I loved this pattern and will definitely make it again, maybe going up a size since it’s a little snug around the hips and probably sewing on the hem band pattern piece to make the skirt slightly longer. Maybe out of some yummy wool….