28 May 2013

My Denim Ginger Skirt


Finally! I've jumped on the bandwagon and made a Ginger skirt by Colette Patterns. And what a great choice of bandwagon - this skirt is chic, comfortable, and most of all, super duper wearable. So wearable, in fact, that I wore it multiple times before taking these photos, hence the rogue bulges in these snaps - apols!


It's a relatively easy make, although if you go for a shaped waistband, like I did, it's susceptible to sticking out a bit. Once I realised this, I had to apply a bit of jiggery pokery to taper the waistband in at the top without unpicking the whole thing. I think I got away with it! I was also a little anxious that the thickness of the denim would play havoc with the invisible zipper, but it's actually been fine and hasn't got stuck (thus far).


And finally, here's a sneaky peek from the photo shoot that never was. I tried to break with the tradition of photographing all my makes safely tucked up at home by asking my man to take a few snaps in front of a super cute row of beach huts in Lyme Regis on a recent weekend trip. Alas, the day I wore the skirt was also the most miserable rainy day (that's a brolly in my hand), plus the stripes I wore just don't show off the waistband in the photos. Back to having a disco in my kitchen on my own!


[Soundtrack: 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk]

51 comments:

  1. Hi Tilly I love this skirt, the shape and detail on it are fabulous, a skirt for every season and so well made! Your kitchen discos are just fine and I love your posts, thank you.
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxx

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  2. I have a skirt just like yours, a denim Ginger! But your denim fabric looks fantastic, I really like the structure of the fabric. So versatile, you're right about that. I love mine too, but it has gotten too big, so I might just have to make another one! :)

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  3. Your Ginger is cute! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has battles with mother nature when I attempt to take pictures. That said, your kitchen wall color is lovely and works well for your backdrop!

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  4. I had the same problem with the waistband when I made this skirt and couldn't work out how to fix it! It's very strange because I just used the straight band rather than the shaped on you used.

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  5. Gorgeous skirt! I wish you would show the beach hut photos, simply because beach huts are cute. I am jealous that you have a good wall in your apartment for taking photos. I can't seem to get a decent wall anywhere in my apartment!!

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  6. Lovely skirt Tilly - denim is so versatile - I love the waistband - will need to put it on my to do list! :-)

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  7. Ha ha - disco in your kitchen on your own. We've all been there Tilly, we've all been there.

    Great skirt!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy blog

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  8. I know I'm biased but I don't think there's a more satisfying sight than a denim Ginger with a polka dot facing! Yours is lovely and the denim looks really nice quality. I've worn mine almost daily for two years and the invisible zip is just showing signs of wear and tear, not bad going really! x

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  9. very cute tilly! I just finished this skirt and love mine to bits too :-)

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  10. Adorable! And I like the rainy out-take, too!

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  11. Your denim Ginger (and the whole outfit) is just adorable Tilly! Shame the beach hut photo-shoot didn't work out!

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  12. Literally this weekend I was looking at my denim Ginger and thinking, 'I really need to fix that waistband.' I think it's an odd detail of this pattern that the waistband does tend to stick out at the top. I'm thinking of taking mine in at the side seams, as I think you've done - but it's going to take a lot of unpicking. Yours looks lovely!

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    1. Do it, Karen! I couldn't be bothered to unpick the whole thing so just ripped out as little as I could get away with and bodged it a bit. Looks fine though!

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  13. Oh to be in Lyme again, such a wonderful place! Cute skirt too!

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  14. I love the a lin e shape of it. I have yet to even start cutting fabric to make clothes despite resolutions, but i have pattern cut and fabric bought..

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  15. I love the a lin e shape of it. I have yet to even start cutting fabric to make clothes despite resolutions, but i have pattern cut and fabric bought..

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  16. Very pretty! I need to make something like that :)

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  17. Very cute:) I think the waistband was definitely worth the effort.

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  18. I'd recognise the beach huts anywhere! I live in lovely Lyme and actually spotted you in town but I was too shy to say Hello! I enjoyy reading your blog and love the style of clothes you sew.
    Best wishes from Dorset,
    Victoria

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    1. Aw noo! You should have said hi! Was I stuffing my face with fudge at the time? (Probably...)

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  19. I love it. And the polka dots on the band facing is so cute!

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  20. I adore the waistband! (And that top is too cute :)

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  21. It's so cute Tilly and you look completely picturesque in it. I've had the same problem with that waistband and found that if you use some boning in it to hold up the curvy parts they don't flop over when you sit down. I'm sure this will get a ton of wear - I know that my denim skirt does. Fabulous make, as always!

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  22. I adore your skirt! I also love the polka dot facings - they definitely add a bit of personality to the skirt =) You've definitely inspired me to make my own denim skirt in the future. Can I ask you where you got the fabric from/ could you recommend anywhere that sells denim for dressmaking? Thanks x

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    1. I got the denim from Simply Fabrics in Brixton and the polka dot cotton is from Fabric Godmother.

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  23. Adorable! I need to try the different waistband versions.

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  24. Ooh lovely cutie pie wearable Ginger. Looks fab and I know you'll get so much wear out of it!

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  25. Fantastic skirt, it fits beautifully. The beach hut shot is great - a good idea for a backdrop. I make the occasional quilt and I took the latest one to the local allotments to photograph it draped over a tall stone wall there. I'm sure the allotmenteers wondered what I was up to, but they were too polite to ask!

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  26. I love this, especially the polka dot facings. I have the Ginger pattern (it's my first proper dress making pattern) and have made it a few times with the different waistbands. The only problem I have is that waistband is all ways a bit gappy at the sides, any suggestions on how to deal with this? I'm a complete novice and not really sure on where to go next!!

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    1. Do you mean it sticks out a bit? That was what mine was like before I tapered it in slightly at the top so it holds against my waist better.

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    2. Yes, it sticks out quite a bit, I tried making the height of the waistband shorter but that didn't make a difference. I will try tapering it on the next one. I love the pattern so much I'm determined to make it a success!! Thank you for being such a sewing inspiration. :)

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  27. A very lovely ginger! A demin skirt is also on my to sew list. The fabric is in the house, now I need to decide how the skirt should look :)

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  28. I love your ginger - I made a similar one a while ago with piping - it's a great pattern. What I really want to know is did you make the blue & white blouse? Is it a Tilly pattern? I really want one. Keep up the fab sewing its so inspiring - thank you!

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  29. I love your ginger - I made a similar one a while ago with piping - it's a great pattern. What I really want to know is did you make the blue & white blouse? Is it a Tilly pattern? I really want one. Keep up the fab sewing its so inspiring - thank you!

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  30. This skirt is beautiful in denim! It has a nice crispness to it.

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  31. Lovely skirt and excellent song choice Can't help but have a disco with that song on!

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  32. Cute skirt and excellent soundtrack ;)

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  33. If you replace 'Get Lucky' with 'Get Sewing' it's the perfect sewing party song! And your Ginger turned out great! I love the facings too - probably my favourite part of handmaking clothes (pretty facings :)).

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  34. Looks great, and super-wearable! Have to check out Simply Fabrics' denim offerings, it's a great colour.
    I am very envious of your disco wall, every plain backdrop I find with natural light has a light-switch or a door handle in it.

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  35. It's so pretty. You are really pretty and your sewing is great. Best greetings from germany

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  36. What a great skirt and a chic wardrobe staple. I have the Ginger pattern and really need to get one sewn up!

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  37. really cute skirt Tilly, I love the shaped waistband.

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  38. So cute! I have some denim in my stash and a cute spotty yellow to make pockets and facings in, not a polka dot, but the other way round, would be great for an impromptu game of Squares!
    Anyone know if this has a special name?
    Looking out at the drizzle and making a Picnic Blanket Skirt while the kids play with pens, plasticine, glitter and bits of felt.
    Karen x

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  39. Great skirt. Ginger is the perfect skirt for a denim version.

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  40. This looks amazing and really cute :)the colorcombination is so nice :)

    xoxo Lary

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  41. Hi tilly! I m making a muslim of the ginger skirt but it looks like it puffs a little on the front, I saw other ginger skirts on flick with this same problem.

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  42. This is great, Tilly - it has inspired me to make a denim Ginger. The red shoes are fantastic too and I have been looking, and failing, to find similar. Where did they come from, if you don't mind me asking?!

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