Simple sunshiny summer skirt (Simplicity 1717)

Yellow chevron skirt - Simplicity 1717 - front

Happy Memorial Day to those of you in the US!  As today is the unofficial start to a very long-awaited summer, I have a cheerful, sunshiny yellow skirt to share with you.  It’s a quick and simple project, and it represents the sum total of my sewing over the last month.  Yikes!  As you know, I recently moved apartments, and the move basically sucked up all of my free time for the last several weeks.  So glad it’s over with!  Even better, this roof deck is now home.  That’s right folks, I finally have a private, outdoor location for taking blog photos.  Let us all rejoice in sewing blogger bliss!

All right, back to the skirt.  That’s what you came here for, right?  🙂

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GeoPop Moss mini – finished!

Grainline GeoPop Moss mini - finished

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.

Project Stats:

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!  🙂

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Denim Moss mini – finished!

Denim Grainline Moss mini - front

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!

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Coral Moss mini – finished!

Coral Grainline Moss mini - front with hands in pockets

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.

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Caramel A-line skirt – finished!

Caramel A-line skirt - Simplicity 1717 - finished

Thanks to a stand-in camera that I’ve temporarily borrowed, today I can show you my finished caramel A-line skirt.  : )  Overall it’s really not bad, despite a few bumps in the road during construction, which I’ll tell you all about below.  My goal with this project was to sew another casual, neutral colored, fully lined skirt that I can wear to work with tights, and I definitely achieved that.  I can’t say that I’m crazy about this pattern, but it served its purpose.  Here’s to casual separates for my everyday wardrobe!

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Finished skirt and broken camera

Caramel a-line skirt previewI’ve got good news and bad news today, folks.  The good news is that I finished my caramel A-line skirt (Simplicity 1717) – woo hoo!  You can *kind of* see it in the photo above.  The bad news is that the photo above is the only photo I managed to take of this skirt, since my crappy old camera has finally died a miserable death.  So, a proper photo shoot will have to wait for another day.  Booo!

In the meantime, I have the following things to say about this roller coaster of a project:

  • The fit of this skirt is not “amazing,” despite it being part of Simplicity’s Amazing Fit line.
  • I spent four hours on Saturday unpicking seams, re-cutting pattern pieces, and putting it all back together… and I managed to upgrade the skirt from “awful” to “passable.”
  • Such a simple skirt shouldn’t have caused me so much grief!

Blargh!  I’m satisfied with the final fit, but there is definitely room for improvement.  I’ll get into all the details once I can take some decent photos.  For now, at least I have another static-free, neutral colored skirt to wear to work… and that makes me happy.  : )

I promise I’ll be back with a substitute camera soon… bear with me!

Caramel A-line skirt: in progress

Caramel a-line skirt - in progress - pattern envelope

I’ve been working on a simple A-line skirt with patch pockets, Simplicity 1717, View C (the shortest version).  Despite the simplicity of the pattern, it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride so far.  As in, this stupid thing just won’t fit properly.  Blargh!!  You’d think such a simple design would fit without any issues!  But you would be wrong.  Oh, so wrong.

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Colette Beignet in winter caramel – finished!

Colette Beignet caramel twill - front

After a few days of waiting for the sun to come out (it didn’t) and waiting to be home during daylight hours (I wasn’t), I just said SCREW IT and photographed my finished Beignet indoors after work.  I tried, people!  Sometimes you just can’t win.  So please excuse the wrinkles in the skirt and any “I just got home from work and really want to eat dinner now” looks on my face.  Ok?  : )

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Camel and teal Beignet: in progress

Camel Beignet in progress - assembled shell and lining

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the US!  I’m off from work today and tomorrow, and I’m taking the opportunity to bang out another Colette Beignet.  I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of my navy version (see this post), and I’m looking forward to adding a rich camel-colored version to my winter wardrobe.  The camel fabric is a cotton twill from JoAnn’s, and I’m using Bemberg rayon in a rich teal for the lining.  I love this color combo.  : )

I cut out all the pieces last week, and last night I assembled the shell, the lining, and the facings… not to mention ironing on all the interfacing.  Does anyone actually enjoy that step??

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Colette Beignet in navy twill – finished!

Colette Beignet navy twill - finished

My navy twill Beignet is finished, and I have to admit, I LIKE IT!  : )  I wasn’t sure what to expect of this experimental foray into a high-waisted Colette pattern, but I’m certainly pleasantly surprised by the outcome.  I think the skirt is classy but casual, which is exactly the kind of thing I need in my wardrobe.  It’s comfortable and casual enough for everyday wear, but it still looks put together.  Phew!

00 Colette Beignet pattern art

Pattern: Colette Beignet, a high-waisted, fitted skirt.

Fabric: Navy cotton twill for the shell; pink Bemberg rayon for the lining.

Modifications: The skirt sits below my natural waist, which I prefer over the very high-waisted original design.  Fortunately this worked out automatically since I’m on the tall side (5’8″).  I cut about a 10 in the waist and about a 0 in the hips, essentially removing almost all of the curvature in the hips/seat.  I did my own thing for the hem, since it just made more sense to me that way, and I drafted my own pieces for the belt and belt loops.

Level of crafty satisfaction:  I dig it!  I really wasn’t sure how this was going to work out, but I’m happy to say that this project gets the thumbs up.  : )

Click here for the in-progress posts, including more detail on fitting modifications and my alternate hemming method.

Lots more photos below – I went overboard as usual.  Enjoy!

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