DIY Fashion Sewing

Painted Moss Mini

January 28, 2014

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 justΒ know that you willΒ 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.

Painted Moss Mini

So why waste time trying on oodles of ill-fitting skirts when you can just make your own, right?


Challenge Accepted.

That’s where the Moss Mini PatternΒ from Grainline Studios comes in…

Painted Moss Mini

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…

Painted Moss Mini Construction

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.

Painted Moss Mini Construction

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)Β 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:

Painted Moss Mini Construction

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.

Painted Moss Mini Construction

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.

Painted Moss Mini

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!

Painted Moss Mini Construction

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!

Painted Moss Mini Construction

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!

Oooooooh… pretty!

Painted Moss Mini

Pockets are also great for doing this…

Painted Moss Mini

… 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!

Painted Moss Mini

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!


  • maddie

    Awesome skirt! Yes, a denim skirt is an essential in every woman’s wardrobe, yet we all seem to have such trouble finding one!

    • Juli

      Thanks so much Maddie! Isn’t it silly how difficult it is to find well-fitting basics?

  • Rachel

    Nice! I have some lightweights, grey, corduroy that wants to be a moss skirt. For me, it’s button-up shirts I find hard to fit! I’m not quite brave enough to attempt a button up blouse yet.

    • Juli

      Hi Rachel! A corduroy moss mini would be awesome! Do it, doooo it! πŸ™‚
      I hear you about button-up (button-down? I’m never sure.) shirts too. I need a new white button-up in my closet and am determined to sew it in order to get one that actually fits!

  • velosewer

    Awesome skirt.

    • Juli


  • Elizabeth

    Looks so cute! This is on my “to do” list for February! I taped the pattern all together and then, sadly, got a bit overwhelmed by the tracing that was next and put it away!! But it is definitely getting done next month! Great job with the contrasting bottom portion.

  • Ginger

    This looks so cute on you! I love this pattern– such a great basic skirt! And you’ve really made it your own with your paint job!