Saturday, 10 March 2018

Grainline Studio - Moss Skirt

Towards the end of January, I woke up one Thursday morning with the need for a denim skirt.  So obviously I had to make one!  

This top is a Tilly And The Buttons Agnes Top
After a bit of googling, I settled on the Grainline Studios Moss Skirt, which just about everybody has already made.  My fabric is some medium weight stretch denim from The Spinning Wheel in Belfast, and I used some left-over fabric from this dress for the pocket lining.

Pocket Lining
The instructions for the fly zip are great, and the only thing I did differently was to sew the fly shield with the folded edge out as in the photo below.  The instructions have that bit as the overlocked edge.  I also top-stitched everything within an inch of it's life.


 

Now, lots of folks have mentioned having to lengthen this skirt, as it is very short.  But I confidently took to Instagram to declare that I wouldn't need to because I'm small - how wrong was I?!  I started out making View A (the one without the hem band); the finished length for my size is 18", but mine was 17.5" and that was without the 3/4" hem.


 

A bit more googling taught me that sizing is a bit of an issue, and it does come up a bit small.  I made a size 4, and it fits at the waist, but I would like it a bit more roomy at the hips.  The fit is fine, it isn't too tight, so I think this is just personal preference.  The stretch fabric helps, but if I make this again in a non-stretch fabric, I would go up a size.

So I decided to add the hem band, as I had enough fabric.  I didn't make the double layer as on the pattern, and just added it to the bottom of the skirt, then hemmed it.  To make my skirt 19" long, I shortened the hem band to 2" plus a 1/2" hem.


I love how this skirt turned out; it can be worn in the winter with black tights, and will be grand for the summer too.  Also, I had an audience when I was taking my photos.  This little cat was supervising from the top of the shed.  One of my neighbour's told me that he lives up the street, and he is an Egyptian Mau.  He's very friendly, and calls into the garden quite a bit, I don't know his name though.

 
 

Anyway, this skirt has got me thinking about more denim skirts now, and I found the Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt pattern when I was looking for something else.  This was one of the first patterns I ever bought but I've never made it, and I also found some lovely versions on the interwebs, so am thinking of making it in chambray.

I also have Megan Nielsen's Tania Culottes pattern, and had great plans to make the knee length version in black crepe to wear instead of a half circle skirt - then I realised that I couldn't wear a net petticoat under it!  Now I'm thinking of the shorter version in chambray too.  Looks like I've fallen down a denim skirt rabbithole...


Have a great week!

Lynne

10 comments:

  1. You reminded me I need to revisit this pattern! I had to size up one too, but after that the shape really worked for me. Your skirt looks like a staple to be worn for years!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Really wish I'd googled this pattern before making it - lesson learnt!

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  2. My Moss pattern just arrived in the mail last week! I was quite excited to see your post and read your experience with it :) I've wanted a denim skirt for ages that fits well so I was especially keen to read your fit experience. I already knew I'd have to lengthen it some (I'm 5'8") but reading your comment I think I may have to lengthen it considerably! I like the band at the bottom - I think I'll start with that in a muslin then take it from there. Thank you for this thorough post - I've bookmarked it for inspiration and advice ;)

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! Great minds think alike!! Good luck with your skirt. I really don't know why this skirt was drafted so sort. I can't think that anybody would want to wear that length!

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  3. Great version of the Moss skirt. I like the addition of the hem band even though it was bourne out of necessity to make it longer.

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    1. Thanks Diane! I love how the hem band turned out too - a real happy accident!!

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  4. Love that dark denim. I made a muslin of one that I didn't wear that much so I didn't move on to the denim version (still have the denim I bought for it though, oops!). Tilly and the buttons delphine didn't work for me either. My fave denim skirt is OOP simplicity 2152 as I love the A-line shape ;o)

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    1. Thanks Colette! I traced the Delphine, but I knew by the look of it that the shape wouldn't work for me. I just had to goole the Simplicity pattern, and I can see why you like it, it's lovely!

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  5. It's a great skirt and it goes perfectly with that lovely top! I laughed at the photobombing!

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    1. Thanks Helen! I thought you might like him!!

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