Yay for clothes that get worn everyday! This skirt got hemmed then put on immediately and has hardly been taken back off since. This is the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt, and I made the mini length in size 4 with no pattern changes. The fabric is a larger scale corduroy from an eBay seller and can be found here. I bought the zip, jeans buttons and lining cotton locally at Trago.
I decided to make this skirt for two main reasons: One, it reminds me of a ready to wear skirt that I have had forever and wear all the time, and two, I am hoping to make a pair of jeans this year (having signed up the Closet Case Patterns online jeans making workshop) and wanted to have a first attempt at a front fly zip insertion.
I feel like it has been a great success in both counts. My zip went in really well, and the instructions in the pattern and the Grainline tutorial were fantastic. Each step was explained simply and added up to a new skill mastered. You would never know that this was my first attempt!
The little details in the pattern are great too. You may already have noticed that I like patterns with pockets and the pockets on the Moss Skirt are especially good. They have a little extra space included to make them perfect for sticking your hands into, and have a clever facing that allows you to use a pretty lining fabric with no chance for it to peek out.
The only changes that I made to the pattern were fairly minor. I didn’t cut my fabric very well and ended up without enough to cut the waistband facing so I decided to cut it from my lining instead. I also changed the construction order of the waistband because I was feeling too lazy to hand stitch down the facing so I switched to the instructions for adding a waistband from Tilly and the Buttons book Love at First Stitch. This just meant that it was easy to ‘stitch in the ditch’ on my machine instead of pesky hand sewing.
In a slight quirk, I set my jeans button in using the marks on the pattern without checking that it lined up properly. This meant that it didn’t sit very well and the waistband was a little loose. As a quick fix, rather than trying to remove it, I just added another button in the right place. Now you would never know once I am wearing it!
This skirt is a little shorter than I would usually wear, but I love it’s casual vibes. I’m sure I will make another at some point and perhaps lengthen it a couple of inches. The pattern does include a knee length version with a hem band, but I think I prefer the clean look of the skirt as it and will probably just lengthen the pattern piece instead.