Two Moss skirts (and bonus Hemlock)

I tried really hard to come up with a moss related pun for the title of this post, but sadly the brain cells are running dry. It is Sunday night after all.

I made my first denim Moss skirt in Nov 2012. It’s done valiant service but it’s nearly ready for the great charity shop in the sky. Here are a couple of replacements I sewed just before Christmas.

The first one is made from blue wool left over from this pencil skirt:

blue moss 2

The wool is a tiny bit too lightweight for this pattern, but it’s nice and warm. The top is another Grainline special, the free Hemlock tee. This is an amazingly fast pattern to sew, even for a slowcoach like me.

I added a small useless pocket as per usual. If you can add a tiny useless pocket, you should add a tiny useless pocket, that’s my motto in life.

blue moss 1

Here’s the second Moss, which is also made from leftover fabric, this time from my spotty trousers. I only just barely managed to squeeze the pattern pieces out of the remnant I had left.

spotty moss 2

I love this dotty skirt. I’ve been wearing it all the time. Winter is the only time I wear mini skirts, but luckily there’s no shortage of winter weather around here at the moment. As long as it’s cold enough to wear fleece lined tights, I’ll be wearing short skirts (second life motto there for you).

I’ve found it quite hard to adjust the Moss pattern to suit my shape, and I’ve hacked it around so much I’m going to have to print out another version, which is one advantage to pdf patterns. I think the secret for me is stretch fabric – probably why this dotty one is my fave.

I had the perfect big white button in my stash for the waistband:

spotty moss 1

Get your own Moss skirt pattern here. I can’t wait to see what Jen from Grainline comes up with next (and I still need to make an Archer shirt…)

Moss grainline skirt in denim

This is my new favourite skirt. One of those things you finish and immediately put on and never want to take off.

It’s an amazing pattern. Everything goes together super smoothly. And quickly too – I made it in one mammoth sewing session on Friday night, it took about 4 episodes of The Bugle podcast.

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.