The Grainline Moss pattern has been haunting me for some time. It has a huge following but I wasn't sure whether the cut was right for me. Add to that, a pattern in my collection that is remarkably similar in lots of ways and it was a difficult decision. In the end my stash busting justification won out.
I have a number of small offcuts that would make up beautifully into this style. So, what did I do? I hit the buy now button of course!
The first thing that struck me about this pattern is the fantastic pockets. "What is so special about them," I hear you ask! My fabric of choice is a stretch denim and these pockets extend right across the abdomen and attach to the fly front. This is perfect for tummy sucking properties, and what Mum doesn't like the idea of that!
I cut my skirt to a size 4. I didn't have quite enough fabric for the waistband so folded the pattern in half and cut it in two pieces. This was where my only issue with the pattern came in, but more on that in a minute. I used a piece of white cotton from a discarded valance for both the pockets and waistband lining due to both bulk issues and lack of fabric.
I had to run both side seams in 1.5cm each side of the waist and possibly could have let out the seams at the hips a smidgen, had I had enough seam allowance but these allowances are only just over 1cm so this was not possible. Fortunately though, I think the fabric will relax with wearing, so I am not too concerned. I did not use the fly fitting instructions, instead preferring the instructions that came with my Sewaholic Thurlow pattern.
Back to the waistband, if I fold my skirt in half, the side with the fly guard is longer than the other side, necessitating a longer waistband on this side. If I fold the waistband pieces in half to a mirror image, both sides are the same length. Now, I am not sure whether I have read the pattern wrong and this is entirely possible, or there is an issue with the waistband. For future versions though, I am going to have to take this into account.
I shouldn't have worried so much about the fit of this skirt because one of the reasons I like Grainline patterns is because you can pretty much guarantee the quality of their drafting and their sizing guidelines. I will be making this again next time I have a stash busting purge.
Oh, and to kick start my autumn sewing mojo, I gifted myself some new shoes to see me through to boot season. They are Valdo from Street Legal