Second skirt, same as the first. 🙂 Immediately after I finished my Coral Moss, I started working on a second version in denim. This was my first time sewing with denim, and it was no big deal at all. What was I waiting for? I used a heavy needle (not a jeans needle though) and yellow topstitching thread, and once again the skirt is fully lined in Bemberg rayon. It’s a simple skirt, but hopefully one that will become a workhorse in my winter wardrobe.
As many of you in the Northern hemisphere have been noting on your blogs, getting decent photos has become nearly impossible these days! We are nearing the shortest day of the year, and natural light in my apartment seems to fade only moments after it arrives. These photos are a little blown out, but I tried to capture the details of the skirt as well as I could. On a positive note, this dry winter air is great for my hair. 🙂 All right, back to the skirt!
Pattern: Grainline Moss mini skirt, essentially a size 8. I cut out size 6 pieces (from my Coral Moss) and sewed the side seams with 1/4 inch seam allowances instead of 1/2 inch. I think the extra inch all around really improved the fit and comfort of the skirt.
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Indigo Denim 8 oz. This denim is about a medium weight with just a hint of stretch. I enjoyed sewing with it, but we’ll see how it holds up in the wash. You never know with denim!
The lining is Bemberg rayon, and I used leftover Oxford shirting in pale blue for the pocket bags and waistband facing.
Modifications: Same as last time (removed some waistband gaping at the back, and added length at the hem).
Level of crafty satisfaction: I like it! This isn’t the most exciting project I’ve made, but I’ve been trying to focus on everyday wardrobe basics lately, and this skirt fits the bill. Also, this skirt will replace a RTW denim mini that was always *just* a bit too short for my tall frame.
Some photos on the hanger:
I *really* enjoyed the topstitching on this project. 🙂 It was my first time using dedicated topstitching thread, and man, that stuff is awesome! I’d highly recommend it for a denim project. As usual, I eyeballed all the topstitching because I’m stubborn that way.
The skirt is fully lined in Bemberg rayon to make it fully functional in the winter with tights. No static here! Rayon linings are one of my favorite things about sewing my own clothes. 🙂
I slightly improved my handling of the lining in the fly area this time around, but I’m still not convinced I’m doing it right. The majority of the fly area came out neatly, as shown below:
I slipstitched the lining to the fly facing (on the left in the photo below) and fly shield (on the right), but the tricky part was at the bottom.
I still had a bit of a “jagged corner” at the bottom left, and I’m not really sure how to better handle this area. I tried to finish it a bit more neatly than last time, which was the result of very careful measuring before I made the rectangular cut out in the lining piece. The free-hanging corner on my Coral Moss survived the washing machine just fine, so I’m hopeful this one will be ok too.
One thing that didn’t come out so well on my Coral Moss was the lining hem: I didn’t include a “dropped fold-over” (or whatever that little fold is called!), but I really should have. In fact, I unpicked the lining hem and added a fold this weekend.
For the denim version, I included the fold from the start. See it below? The lining is slipstitched to the skirt hem about 1/2 inch above the fold, giving the lining some extra wiggle room. Lesson learned: I really need to do this for every lined garment. The extra freedom of movement is definitely noticeable during wear.
A close-up of the pocket lining. I made sure to match my bobbin thread to either the pocket lining (white thread) or the denim (navy thread) when topstitching, and I love the clean finish this gives.
I love looking at that yellow topstitching, don’t you? 🙂
(And yes, that’s my little Christmas tree in the background!)
I think this skirt will go well with just about every handmade top I have, including my two blazers. Here I’ve modeled it with my Summer Blazer, which I think contrasts the dark denim nicely. 🙂
Hope you all had a great weekend and that your holiday preparations (whatever they may be) are going well. Hang in there! 🙂