Since I wrote this post in which I expressed an interest in dialing up the crazy a bit, I’ve got a few ideas and a sewing dare to boot! I appealed to Gillian for one of her legendary dares and she suggested taking a look at my Top 5 Goals for 2013. Oh yah, those! I’ve decided I want focus on Goal 2, “Textile experiments: learning more about applique and embroidery as well as putting my knowledge of shibori and maybe silk screening into practice” by doing a shibori romper. Holy crap, I’m excited! I’ve already cut out the romper! Lou from A View Into My World suggested the McQueen kimono jacket. Every few months for the past three years, I’ll take a look at that pattern and wonder if I’m ready to handle it. Jury’s still out, but maybe I’ll get crazy and try it before the end of the year! And gosh, have you seen Carolyn’s recent version?
Anyway, this project I’m about to share wasn’t an effort to dial up the crazy, but I’m super into it. I think it’s one of the best, most useful things I’ve ever sewn. Meet my Grainline Moss skirt!
“Arrested development” is a fitting name because I was watching the new season of the show while I was making it, but also because I lived in skirts like this for the near-decade between freshman year in high school until I graduated college. I would have worn it with a hoodie, some lipstick, and a scowl (see below.) Unlike this version, my high school/college skirts were very short – to my thumbnails, perhaps.
I scored a yard of cotton canvas from a rummage sale at my work, and dyed it khaki green as the original color was the very same color as my legs.
I only made minor changes to the skirt; the yoke was a little wide and tall, so I removed 1/2″ width from each of the side seams at the top, and took out 1″ of the length since it was bunching. I baste-fitted it rather than making a muslin, since the design looked fairly simple and my measurements matched one of the sizes really well. I added 3″ in length instead of using the bottom band.
I also used a 1/4″ seam allowance instead of the 1/2″ recommended by the instructions on the top of the skirt, since I prefer a wider waistband.
Next time I make it, I’ll widen the hips by maybe 1″ to match where the waist sits a little better. As it is, the skirt is still extremely wearable.
I did a hook and eye closure for the first time, which was really easy and clean-looking.
My top-stitching was 3/8″ from the seam.
As I mentioned in my python pants post, the fly pattern pieces and instructions (especially when combined with Jen’s fly tutorial) were fantastic. They were leaps and bounds better than the ones included in the Burda pants pattern.
I would definitely, definitely use this pattern again. Since this version is pretty much my ultimate casual/work skirt, I’m interested in making both a dressier version (perhaps in black, with the bottom band) and a more casual mini version. Experimenting with pocket variations would be a lot of fun, too.
But for now, this version is deeply satisfying to both my teenage/early-twenties self and my current self. Have you made anything lately that transported you to another time in your life?