This is my new favourite skirt. One of those things you finish and immediately put on and never want to take off.
The Grainline instructions are brilliant. The zipper is sort of like a magic trick – suddenly a fly front appears out of nowhere. Or maybe that’s just me, I’m not the most spatially minded person in the world. Sewing it reminded me of reading this book about the credit crunch. It all makes perfect sense at the time, with a smart person guiding you through each step, but afterwards everything seems to evaporate (but at least with this you end up with a nice skirt, rather than some confused ideas about how sub-prime mortgages work).
My lovely Bernina sewed through all this thick denim like a champ. In some places she was chugging through about 8 layers of fabric. But even the inside looks nice!
I didn’t lengthen the skirt at all, and without the hem band it would be ridiculously short on me, but I love the length with the band.
The only tips I’d give if you want to make this are:
- The seam allowance is half an inch (ie. 12.5cm) I aimed somewhere between the 10mm and 15mm line on my feed plate and hoped for the best.
- Check your printer settings if you’re in the UK- it’s designed for US letter paper so you might need to adjust things a bit to get it to print out accurately.
- Finish the centre front seams before doing the fly (do them separately) – I did it afterwards and there’s a bit of fraying at the top.
Next time I might add back pockets and belt loops.
It only took about a metre of my Peter Jensen denim, which cost me £1. Yes, that’s a quid. You can barely get two Kit-Kats for that price nowadays. And I already have the fabric picked out for my next version.
I highly recommend this pattern. And if you buy it today there’s 15% off!
p.s. I have to show you my dachshund brooch, which I bought at a vintage fair a few years ago and recently found in an old handbag. See, it pays not to be too organised. If you’re tidy you never make happy little discoveries like this.