Some sewing projects are all about the fabric.
A few months ago I sat down with my morning coffee and my laptop, opened the Hawthorne Threads newsletter, and saw this colorful geometric print staring me in the face. I HAD TO HAVE IT. I immediately clicked on the link, only to find that it had already sold out! The horror! I guess I wasn’t surprised though, since it really is a truly awesome print. It lingered in my brain for a few weeks as I lamented my bad timing, until one day when I stumbled upon a bolt in my local shop, Gather Here. Yes!! I scooped up a yard, and this awesome skirt was born.
Pattern: Grainline Moss mini, size 8.
Fabric: 100% cotton canvas. The print is GeoPop by Emmie K for Robert Kaufman in the “chevy in sorbet” colorway (currently on backorder). The lining is Bemberg rayon in cerise, and I used leftover pink Oxford shirting for the pocket bags and waistband facing.
Modifications: Same as last time (removed some waistband gaping at the center back, and added a bit of length to the hem).
Level of crafty satisfaction: LOVE! 🙂
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!
My first Moss mini skirt is complete! I really like the simplicity of this pattern and the streamlined silhouette, not to mention the endless possibilities for customization and embellishment. As this was my first time sewing this pattern, there were a few hiccups along the way, but overall I’m pleased with the final product.
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!
It’s been forever since I finished something! Sometimes that’s just how it goes, though. Life and all that. 🙂 But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy sewing and serging and – gasp! – even quilting! Here’s what’s been going down in my tiny sewing studio:
Today I’ve got another video sewing update to share with you! It seemed like a good time for another video since a lot of sewing-related things have been going on lately, but none of them have resulted in a finished garment to photograph (yet).
In the video, I talk about getting to know my new serger, my in-progress Moss mini skirt, some upcoming sewing plans, and a few recent fabric purchases. Yay, new fabric! I actually have a stash now, albeit an extremely modest one. 🙂 I also talk briefly about something that’s been in the works for a few months now: setting up a permanent sewing studio in my tiny apartment. You know, one that doesn’t require rearranging all the furniture every time I want to sew. My apartment is REALLY tiny, so this has been a fun challenge.
I hope you enjoy the video! It’s been fun experimenting with this new medium, and I really like how an occasional video brings the blog to life a bit. We’re all real people outside of our blogs, right? 🙂
You can view the video directly on YouTube here.
Hope you all had a great weekend!