Monday, March 9, 2015

Grainline Moss Skirt



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
  

14 comments:

  1. Oh, your skirt is super-cute! I completely love it! Of course, there is no such thing as too many little white skirts imo ;)
    wrt the waistband length, that does sound strange and particularly if the markings put it as not offset but I guess it will only be problem if the waist band is not straight, but curved; and with the apex of the curve pinned at CB you don't have enough length in the waistband to attach it to the underneath edge of fly front. I mean; every fly front I've seen has the opening edge of the flyfront right at CF, so that edge IS going to be a little shorter than the underlap; I hope I'm making sense here!

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    1. Yeah you are making sense and that is definitely what I was thinking as well.

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  2. This is a great style on you and the whole outfit looks very fresh and lovely. I have also long admired this pattern, but have yet to take the plunge. Your garden is looking stunning btw.

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    1. Thanks Megan! I can't claim the credit for my garden this year. Sadly home renovations have meant it has been quite neglected.

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  3. I LOVE the shoes! The Moss Mini is a great pattern and so easy to wear. I love the white version. But you are right - the zipper insertion isn't great. I used it for the first skirt but for the second I used the Jaile jeans method.

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    1. Thank you Sandra! Hopefully I will be wearing the shoes for a couple of months yet.

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  4. It's a lovely white skirt and those shoes are gorgeous. I've traced off the Moss mini and will keep en eye out for the waistband issue. It looks so summery still over there - we've had plenty of rain and dark skies in Melbourne so my mind has turned to winter sewing.

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    1. Summer is continuing here thankfully but a cyclone off Vanuatu is heading our way so I think it is all about to change next week. I have begun a few things with sleeves in anticipation but my heart is not in it yet. There could be more Moss Minis in my autumn wardrobe.

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  5. This skirt looks so fresh and summery and you look great in it. I had some issues with the waistband on this pattern too.

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  6. This post from Grainline might help explain the waistband issue
    http://grainlinestudio.com/2014/06/19/moss-skirt-updated-cutting-layouts/

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    1. I had a look at that link and thank you for providing it but it still doesn't make much sense unfortunately.

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  7. Great looking skirt. I have an old Burda pattern that is almost identical so might give it a try.

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    1. It is such a versatile style, it is worth making just to have as a staple in the wardrobe.

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