Hellloooo dear reader! I am smack in the middle of our Spring Break…which means more time off….which means I finally finished my Ginger Skirt!
This is as I mentioned earlier the second Ginger skirt I’ve made. My first Ginger was actually exactly same except navy with red trim.
I’m much happier with this version. If I remember correctly the navy/red version was one of (if not THE) first piece of clothing I sewed. I somehow made it too large….which is impressive because I’ve put on a good 5-10lbs and it still doesn’t fit quite right! (Which is just as well since it has a hole in it now.) This is the exact same size (size 14) and as you see it fits pretty well. I suspect I fucked up the seam allowance somehow on the original.
The fabric is a really nice 100% cotton corduroy from Mulberry Silks, an independent fabric store in Chapel Hill, NC. It’s light and airy, which is great now that it’s starting to warm up! I have a weakness for quality fabric
I used the waistband from version 2, but the skirt body from version 3…because I’m a rebel! Always keep them guessing, that’s what I say! I do like the way it creates a subtle chevron pattern with the cords. So subtle, in fact, you don’t really have to worry about pattern matching, ’cause really….. ain’t no one got time for that shit!
I topstitched both the waistband and the hem. Instead of topstitching thread I just doubled up on regular cotton thread. Lladybird wrote about using that method… I figure if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me! Plus, no need to make extra trips out when you realize you don’t have any navy topstitching thread- BONUS!
I used this tutorial to add the flat piping to the waistband and this tutorial to MAKE the flat piping. I’m very proud of that bias tape! The first Ginger I ended up with three lengths of tape, as opposed to one continuous length. This time one beautiful continuous length- hell yeah improvements!
I did however have a heck of a time lining up the zipper…. and you can see it’s still a bit off. Oh well, if it was too perfect you couldn’t tell it was hand made 🙂
I’m excited about my time off… I’m already starting on a new project and I’m making lots of progress with my sweater! So, tune in for more posts 🙂