I’ve had Colette’s Ginger skirt pattern for months and months. WHY haven’t I broken it out before now? But thanks to Week OWOP and the glorious Ginger renditions featured by Handmade Jane and Pincushion Treats, I knew it was time to make things spicy. Zig-a-zig-ah!
I bought the denim last June in Paris. Three metres for ten euros. My guilty secret is that I have a weakness for novelty denim, as also featured in my Fields of Gold skirt. This time, I fell for ickle flowers printed onto the denim:
During construction, I knew I’d want to wear this skirt year round, so I lined it with some navy crepe de chine:
Before you shriek with horror at the excess of using crepe de chine, I bought this off Walthamstow market for £3 a metre. I paid for 1.5 metres and walked away with 2 metres because there was a flaw in the fabric. Apparently. I couldn’t see it and still can’t, but the stall holder insisted because there was this little sticker on the selvedge, which he told me was there to flag up a flaw in the bolt. (I guess that’s how he gets his supplies so cheap.) Anyway, I appreciated his honesty. Worth looking out for these little stickers, people!
Back to the skirt. I made version three, with fabric cut on the bias. I thought it would be fun to work with the obvious grain of the denim in this way. If you are going to make the bias cut version of this skirt, I have two important pieces of advice:
- Work with sturdier fabrics, that will behave themselves when it comes to inserting the invisible zip.
- When you insert your invisible zip you MUST follow Sunni’s tutorial at A Fashionable Stitch. Sorry to be so dictatorial, but if you don’t you will tackle bulging zips and become very friendly with your seam ripper. Sunni’s tutorial is absolutely superb and I really enjoyed learning how to strengthen a zip with strips of organza.
I chose not to work with the sweetheart or inverted V waistbands. In my experience, these look great in photos (and I find them very cute) but I seem to spend all day smoothing down my folded-over waist band every time I stand up. I also added two inches to the length of the skirt so that I could wear it with bare legs and not worry about my knees looking horrific.
It’s worth knowing that this skirt is unbelievably flattering. Like, has someone cast a spell cos that ain’t my body? I do find Sarai’s drafting constantly fascinating. An A-line skirt is an A-line skirt, isn’t it? Not in the hands of Colette Patterns. I don’t know how she does it.
I bought the silk scarf from Beyond Retro for £3. The top is from Sainsburys. I think that’s all I have to tell you! Other than, go sew a Ginger skirt. You won’t regret it.