Fashion Sewing

A (Dark Denim) Ginger for All Seasons

October 25, 2012

Can you believe that Fall is already here?

I sure can’t! While I’m missing the warmer weather, I do really enjoy seeing all of the pumpkins and jack o’lanterns pop up all around town and staring at the huge variety of colorful squash in stores and at the farmers market (Seriously! There are tons of different types! Has anyone really tried them all?). I’ve already pulled out a few cans of pumpkin and been baking us a few autumn/pumpkin themed treats – one of my favorite parts of fall! (More on that in another post though!)

I’ll share my Fall/Winter 2012 sewing list and plans early next week, but in the meantime I wanted to share this recent project with you…

A dark denim Ginger skirt!

Sewing Pattern from Colette Patterns

This is my third time sewing up the Ginger skirt pattern… can you tell that I really like it?! My first Ginger skirt attempt was sewn pre-blog as a newbie seamstress-ista and was sort of a mini-disaster (Decided to just wing it without making a muslin? Check. Made it slightly too small? Check. Over-ambitiously attempted a scalloped hem? Yes, yes, all check, check, check.). It’s an excellent beginner pattern as written, but I just decided to try and… make it, err… a bit more difficult for myself. Has anyone else done that?

Here’s a link to the second Ginger skirt – it was floral retro-inspired.

As always, here are some inner construction shots. Oh, I just love this nerdy stuff! If you’re reading this blog, chances are good that you totally geek out over this stuff too. Let’s share that geekiness together!

Rolled hem (a bit unusual finish for denim, but I kind of like it, and am hoping that it holds up and doesn’t fray too much):

Center back invisible zipper:

Skirt seams (stitched on machine, finished with serger, then folded to the side, pressed, and finished and stitched with hem):

Another cool thing about this pattern is that you can pair it with a fun belt for more waist definition and another look.

Haha, one of these days I’ll learn how to stop awkward-posing in photos! But until then, you guys get to enjoy these goofy shots. I’ll admit that I’m much more natural behind the camera than in front of it! But this way you at least get to see a full picture of the skirt.

Overall, I really like this pattern and I highly recommend it! I omitted sewing any type of piping or contrast stitching on it this time and that made it really quick to sew – it seriously took just a few hours from cutting out the pattern to a brand spankin’ new completed skirt. I’m thinking about sewing it (again!) in a brown corduroy for fall.

Do any of you sewing fashionistas have any tips to avoid awkward photo posing? Or do you have any super special tasty recipes that you whip out every year for fall?┬áPlease share in the comments below – I’d love to hear!

P.S. If you are interested, you can find the Ginger pattern right here in the shop! Please pardon the dust, the shop is a bit messy right now, but look for a small redesign (and some other fun stuff) coming next week. Hooray!

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Happy Sewing!