This skirt was finished a couple of weeks ago, in time for the pre-Frocktails dinner at Rockwell and Sons but I hadn't got round to taking any pics. So when I realised that social sewing was coming up I used my latest addiction - Twitter -to see if someone would be kind enough to be the photographer. And hooray! Not only did Rachel take some great pictures, Oanh suggested a great place for the 'location shots' and it's well known that a graffiti wall makes all clothes look infinitely cooler. You'll have to excuse the wrinkles. I'd been sitting for a few hours sewing so that makes it all right.
Anyway, the skirt. I'm late to the party on this one. There are heaps of lovely versions around. I was particularly inspired by Jenny's red version which she finished at social sewing some months back, Jen's polka dot one and SallieOh's metallic linen creation (although that girl could make a bin bag look good). In fact, that version must have been on my mind when my magpie eyes spotted this fabric in Spotlight. It's stretch denim with a silver coating, of questionable durability as the silver is kind of painted on but hey, it's fun and was on mega sale (the 1m piece cost me $6.)
As many others have noted this skirt has a lot of pieces, but it's really well drafted and the instructions are super-clear and it uses very little fabric. I cut the size 4 and ended up taking out another 1cm on each side of the waist tapering down to nothing just below the pocket. Originally I added 2 inches to the length but then took an inch off again and added a big-ish hem so the finished skirt probably ended up being a smidgen longer than intended.
|Topstiching and a front fly. Hell yeah.|
I used scraps of cotton fabric for the waistband and pocket lining to reduce bulk and to add a bit of interest. Putting in the zip fly (my first ever) was actually straightforward thanks to Jen's great tutorial although I have to admit that I did put the fly shield in back to front so you can see the overlocking stitches when you open the zip. No biggie, I'll fix it next time. I ended up doing LOTS of top stitching which took a few goes to get right (hello, seam ripper) and finished the hem with invisible hand stitching.
Even though a silver denim mini skirt may not be considered a wardrobe classic I have to admit that I'm a little bit in love with this skirt and actually think I'll get a fair bit of wear out of it: dressing it up with heels and a lacy top for going out and boots and a knit top for daytime. I'm already thinking another version with Chevron stripes on the front. I'll just add that to the sewing list...
Pattern: Moss skirt by Grainline, PDF download USD$8.50
Fabric: 1m silver denim from Spotlight $6
Zip, thread from stash