It’s really tough to find a well-fitting denim skirt, am I right?
It’s one of those clothing items, like a well-fitting pair of jeans, that is practically a closet essential, but that you absolutely dread shopping for because you just know that you will have to try on at least a hundred pairs in order to find a decent fit.
I mean, if it fits well in the waist, it’s too tight in the hips; if it’s too tight in the hips, it’s too big in the waist. Or it’s too short/long/cheaply made/expensive/etc. Or the pockets are positioned funny. Or it doesn’t come in your size. Or it comes in your size but only in a really weird color.
So why waste time trying on oodles of ill-fitting skirts when you can just make your own, right?
That’s where the Moss Mini Pattern from Grainline Studios comes in…
When I was out skirt-pattern-hunting, I was looking for a pattern that had many ready-to-wear features like pockets, a front fly zip, and stylish shaping. This pattern fit the bill!
This was my first time sewing up one of Jen’s patterns and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! In fact, right after I finished this skirt, I hopped right on over and purchased her Archer Button-Up Shirt pattern. I do love a good button-up shirt! But we’ll come back to that in a future post!
In the meantime, back to the skirt…
The directions are great! She even has some handy tutorials over on her blog to help you through some of the trickier things like inserting a fly front zipper, which I found particularly helpful.
I sewed up the longest version of View A for this skirt. In other words, I cut out View A but lengthened the skirt down an inch or so from my size to the largest size of View A.
Right before I sewed up the hem, I decided that I actually still wanted to add a bit of length to the skirt (and I just couldn’t resist adding a pop of color) so I added on the bottom piece as a sort of a modified version of View B.
Here is what I used to make it:
This was my next project right after my Breton-esque Briar Tee and I just couldn’t help myself. I’m addicted! The fabric paint is really fun to work with and I highly recommend it.
If the term “fabric paint” is scaring you away, please have no fear! This isn’t the puffy paint stuff from School and Summer Camp that washes off in just a few loads of laundry. This is the real deal – fancy artist worthy stuff.
There aren’t any back pockets in this pattern, but you could certainly add your own if you wanted to! I kept it simple because I thought that it looked a little dressier that way.
Besides, it already has front pockets!
I cut these pockets out of another small scrap of Liberty of London fabric that I had floating around in my stash from an old fabric order. It was something like a quarter yard, or something like that. I hadn’t really been sure what to do with it, but wanted to use it for something… and pockets seemed like just the thing!
The pocket construction is great! You can tell that a lot of thought went into drafting this pattern. They don’t sag or droop in their normal state, but inside there is a fun pop of color!
Pockets are also great for doing this…
… Especially when you don’t know that the camera is still rolling, haha.
Ollie also approves! The denim fabric is both soft and snuggly. If you put this pup next to a stack of fabric, he will always rustle through all of them until he finds the softest one… and then promptly take a nap. So this is one of the highest compliments!
Okie doke folks, this was the last “catch up” post from back before the move! Next up… NYC (and something a little more chilly weather worthy)! I’m not sure how the whole taking photos thing is going to go here, so wish me luck!