Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Chunky Corduroy Moss (Not Too Mini) Skirt

 

Finiiiiished!! The Moss Mini Skirt - or Not Too Mini Skirt in my case - by Grainline Studio. This was my first time working with a pattern by Grainline and I must say I really enjoyed both using this pattern and the novelty of diverting my sewing away from my usual choice of self-drafted, Colette or commercial patterns. The Grainline pattern line seems to fill a niche for simple (in a good way), modern and wearable patterns aimed at younger stitchers. Having said that, I did lengthen my skirt significantly (3" in the end, in the middle rather than adding the hem band), so I'm clearly too grandma for the target demographic!





The skirt has some lovely style lines, such as the triangular back yoke pointing towards a centre seam. The silhouette is still fairly straight though, which makes it relatively simple to fit. The only change I made to the shape was to cut a triangle out of the top of the centre back seam, as I have a sway back / protruding derrière [delete according to preference]. If - or more likely when - I make this pattern again, I'd probably fit it to my waistline as opposed to this iteration's hipster fit, and would add belt loops before sewing the waistband (mmm... belt loops).



The fabric is a mega chunky tomato red corduroy which I bought on my Goldhawk Road splurge* that Jane forced me to go on. (Okay, so it may have been my idea, but all the same, Jane is a bad influence.) As the fabric was so thick, I decided to make the pockets, pocket facings and waistband facing in a medium weight Summersville cotton leftover from my Life's Too Short skirt. Even then, the thickness of some of the layers - particularly around the zipper - played havoc with my poor little humble sewing machine. Needles were snapped. Bobbins were scratched. (I know!!) Expletives were uttered. And a random little nubbin was left at on the fly opening. But we got through it, and I LOVE the result.



I have a funny story about sewing a fly zipper which I will regale you with one of these days. But until then, let's admire my lovely skirt. Definitely cake.

*Speaking of fabric splurges, I will be exercising extreeeeme will power at Stevie's Walthamstow meet-up on 2nd February. I'm gathering up some lovely patterns and fabric to bring to the Swap. Hope to see some of you there!

[Soundtrack: 'Grandma's Hands' by Bill Withers]

58 comments:

  1. I love this skirt, it looks so cosy! Now we've finally got some snow I'm thinking winter's here lol! xx

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    1. I know, it's perfect for the snowy weather - especially with cream knitted tights, mmm...

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  2. Love the cheerful colour of this skirt, just the thing for a gloomy winter's day! Can I ask where you got your spotty jumper from please? It would go perfectly with some skirts I am making at the moment. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I think it's from Miss Selfridge, but I've had it for years and years so they won't have it anymore :(

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  3. It's fantastic! Us sewists/knitters frequently earn the nickname grandma whether we want it or not, don't we?

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  4. Love it Tilly! It's just as perfect as I imagined it when I was 'forcing' you to buy it! Intrigued by the fly zipper story, a fly front is what I've pledged to tackle this year by the law of Karen's jar, are they straight forward or a nightmare? x

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    1. I found them pretty straightforward Jane (once I got the zip the right way up!). There's a great tutorial on the graineline blog. :)

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    2. Working out which bit goes where can be tricky as there are loads of layers involved. But the sewing itself is fine.

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  5. I love the color of that and the pattern inside the pockets and waistband! That is super cute, I can definitely see why you'd consider it cake.

    (And I'm far more grandma than you, I'd have to add like 6" or 8". lol)

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  6. lovely skirt Tilly - the colour looks fab on you! I've got a couple of tweaks to make to mine, which I hope to do in the next few days: I found using my walking foot really helpful when it came to dealing with all the layers.

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    1. Ooh I just got a walking foot for my birthday - haven't tried it yet...

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  7. Hey Tilly, Love that skirt! I've started a Moss in a very similar weight dark grey cord. Might even finish it by the blogger meetup, If anyone does fancy it email me on beebeesvintagedress@hotmail.co.uk
    or leave a comment on my blog (beebeesvintagedress.blogspot.com in case you hadn't guessed!)
    Thanks for mentioning it Tilly, See you on the 2nd! xx

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    1. Cool, let's wear our skirts to the meet up x

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  8. Love the colour and the lenght. It looks great on you!

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  9. Lovely! What a fantastic color! I'd love to give that pattern a go. I think the shape and the little details are brilliant. Nicely done, Tilly :)

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  10. Just stumbled upon your site, and I'm loving the content! I'm just getting back to sewing after years of not doing it, and I'm really forward to trying some of the beginner projects you suggested in a previous post. Thanks!

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  11. This is so lovely - just the right lenghth I think! Plus I love the fabric.

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  12. It looks fab! I have a couple of lengths of corduroy waiting to be turned into cosy winter skirts, if I can find the right pattern; I don't have a printer, so it'll have to be a commercial one, I think!

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  13. Oh I LURVE your version of the pattern Tilly! It's such a cute and practical little number, which I'm sure will become a wardrobe staple for you. I really want to try it out myself! I'm gutted I can't make Stevie's meet-up...would have been great to catch up! Maybe next time eh!?!

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  14. Beautifully executed! You look cute as a kitten in your new skirt.

    I'm interested to know more about the alteration you made for sway back. I would definitely benefit from learning how to accommodate this fit issue.

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    1. All I did was take out a little triangle at the top of the centre back seam line, to make it curve inwards slightly at the waistline. Easy!

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  15. Oh gosh this skirt is wonderful, I love the colour and think you improved it by making it longer!

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  16. Gorgeous! I love that colour and corduroy is so cosy in the winter. I bet you'll get lots of use out of this lovely skirt.

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  17. This is so cute! I agree that it's improved with the added length and I really like that detail at the back, too. Nice work!

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  18. Oooo, your skirt is lovely, and the fabric is gorgeous. :)

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  19. That's fantastic. It looks so comfy and warm, and I love the pockets and back v-yoke. Exactly what you need for that freezing cold weather you're having.

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  20. Looks great! I agree it's an awesome pattern. I'm just working on my second one and also fighting with a very thick fabric....argh!

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  21. adorable! the lenght is perfect and the color is just, well, you! ;)

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  22. Lovely? Great to see how it works with extra length (I'm a grandma too!)

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  23. Love the colour pop and style - very nice!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  24. This is rad! I've been eyeing off the Grainline skirt for a while (the tank and tee are great patterns) but must admit to being past a mini-length stage. Think I'll give it a bash!

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  25. I love that color! So clever making the facings in the lighter, matching cotton. It makes the skirt look very chic.

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  26. Gorgeous colour and cord is so 'now' when there's more than just a chill in the air. You look cute and cosy and stylish all at once :)

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  27. Great skirt, I love the colour/cord & pocket lining detail - well done persevering through it all to a great result...by the way I've recently discovered & loving Grainline patterns too, but if you're Grandma, I'm too Great-Grandma ... guess their demographic is bigger than they intended!

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  28. Looks lovely, it could definitely be frosting with the right accessories ;)

    http://becstitches.blogspot.com.au/

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  29. It looks so great! Now I definitely need to try this pattern! Especially good to know that with added length it is still adorable :)

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  30. Amazing skirt!! I want the same!%)

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  31. Oh, I'm a Fashion student and your blog is really interesting!!!

    http://gostodascoisaspoeticas.blogspot.com.br/ ♥

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  32. So cute Tilly! I have a big soft spot for corduroy, I'm making pants from it right now, and thinking I need some more . . .

    I am not a mini-skirt girl either, and I think it looks great the length you chose.

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  33. Just what the Doctor ordered! A red-hot skirt to warn you up in this freezing London weather we're having at the moment. P.S. I'm looking forward to Stevie's Walthamstow meet-up too :-)

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  34. I really like that! I'm off to buy some corduroy soon i think - to make a pinafore dress. Yours look nice and warm!

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  35. Inspired by your gorgeous skirt I think I will make one from navy chunky Corduroy. Do you know where I could find some online. also loving the description of cake and frosting

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    1. I'm not sure about chunky corduroy online, but shouldn't be too hard to find. I know you can get lovely fine cords in Liberty prints from Sewbox.

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  36. This is so, so cute! I love the color! I'm such a fan of Grainline patterns, and I realllllly want to make this one! It's so sweet on you!

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  37. Great skirt in a great color. I love a simple straight corduroy skirt. I think they stay in style forever.

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  38. Love this skirt. So sweet. Awesome photos. Thanks for the corduroy inspiration. Absolutely adore your facing/pocket lining fabric.
    (Bill Withers is great too).

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  39. Fantastic (not so) little skirt! Great use of the other skirt material for the pockets. I'm sure you'll get lots use out of it. Love your spotty jumper too!

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  40. Ooo this is lovely! I'm going to have to download the pattern now :)

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  41. Gorgeous skirt Tilly! I love the bright red corduroy!

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  42. LOVE the skirt Tilly! You can't bit a bit of corduroy! I had a little giggle to myself about a funny fly zipper story I know too ;) hee hee

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