Finally, progress on my first Moss mini skirt! This project has been in the works for a while, since September actually. I always find that there’s a decent amount of prep work to be done when trying out a new pattern. For the Moss, I wound up tracing the entire pattern twice (!) and making two muslins, including unpicking the first muslin to re-use the fabric for the second. Oh, the joys of fitting and pattern adjustments. 🙂 After going down from a size 8 to a 6 and taking a 5/8″ wedge out of the center back waistline, I was finally ready to cut into my fabric this weekend.
I’m using Robert Kaufman Hampton Twill in “charm,” a warm coral color. The twill is a light- to medium-weight cotton and seems to be behaving well so far. I drafted a full lining in hot pink Bemberg rayon, which I had leftover from my navy Beignet. The lining is actually a total stash-buster! I used pink Oxford shirting for the waistband facing (leftover from my Flamingo Archer) and coral shot cotton for the pocket bags (leftover from my Spring Archer). Hooray for using scraps!
I’m trying to do a double-row of topstitching wherever it makes sense, using a RTW denim mini skirt as a reference. I’m using regular thread in a matching color, and I think the detail adds just enough interest without being overwhelming. I debated using a contrast topstitching thread but decided to embellish the skirt in a different way, which I’ll show you below. Typical of my extremely stubborn self, I’m eyeballing all the topstitching instead of using a specialty foot. I know, I’m ridiculous that way. 🙂
Check out these innards! I love all the various shades of pink incorporated into the skirt. I’m using my Bernina for all the construction seams and finishing the raw edges with the serger. I didn’t worry about the serger thread color here, since it won’t show at all on the outside of the garment.
I still haven’t quite figured out how to handle the lining in the fly area. I debated handling the two layers (shell and lining) as one during the fly insertion process, but I ultimately decided against it. This is only my 2nd fly zipper, and I didn’t want to risk messing it up by introducing the slippery rayon into the mix! For now the lining is hanging loose until I figure out an elegant way of slipstitching it in place.
Speaking of inserting the fly, I have a few gripes with the instructions that I’ll share in a later post. You know I’m not afraid to give critical reviews of indie patterns when they’re justified! The rest of the pattern came together just fine though.
Since I usually like to add a little personalization to my sewing projects, I picked up these 3 contrasting cottons in various shades of pink and orange. I’m envisioning stripes along the hem of the skirt, similar to what I did with my puffy cream-colored skirt. But how can I pull this off neatly? Bias tape? A thin tube of fabric? Ideas welcome.
I’m having a lot of fun with this project and love the bright colors. There’s still some head-scratching to do regarding the lining treatment in the fly area and how to make the stripes, but overall I’m pleased with my progress thus far.
Hope you all had a great weekend! Have you made a Moss?