Let’s real talk, peeps. Winter is great for three main things:
- Knitting whilst drinking aforementioned cocoa
I know lots of people are anti-tights but I love them. I have fleecy ones that make me feel like my legs are being hugged by teddy bears all day, purple ones for when I feel sassy and even these crazy ones that look like crochet. Tights help me feel rad in skirts and frocks that are just that bit too short for me to wear comfortably by themselves. So for my latest winter make I gave into the power of tights and finally sewed myself up the quintessential indie mini of the decade- the Moss Skirt. Huzzah!
This boss pattern is the Grainline Studio Moss Skirt. It is a semi-fitted skirt that sits slightly below the natural waist and features a fly front and button closure as well as a yoke at the back. View A rocks the whole mini vibe while View B has a hem band to add length. As I am a part-lizard person, the cold is my enemy and longer length is the way to go- though I went the Version A and added 3” as the hem band was not my bag.
The fabric is a gorgeous Japanese cotton duck that I picked up from Mill Rose where we all stayed for Sewaway back in June. After binging on delicious fabric at Tessuti the day before, I was super cash poor so scraped up enough funds to grab 1m leaving me short on what the pattern recommends. I mean, would you rather have possibly enough rad camera fabric to make your skirt or no camera fabric at all? I think we all know the answer to that… Luckily, this lady is as pigheaded as she is frugal and I managed to squeeze the Moss out of the metre AND matched the cameras pretty dang well. Let’s call this level of achievement Sewing Wizard, shall we?
Construction wise, this was mostly a smooth make. The instructions are clear, the notches match and most things made sense… Except for my nemesis the zip! I spent two afternoons trying to work the insertion out and my brain just couldn’t comprehend the instructions included with the pattern or the supporting online tutorial. In the end it did work out but the zip isn’t sitting quite right at the bottom. Oh, well. You live and learn! And I am too dang lazy to rip that out and try again…
What I liked about this pattern:
- The pockets. These ones are designed with ease to get your hand in and out. Talk about a godsend for the lady with gorilla paws instead of hands. Now I can carry a bunch of bananas AND get my hands easily into pockets. Winning at life!
- Classic design. There is something so unfussy (is that even a word?!) about the Moss. It is a closet staple but can easily be sassed up. Which leads me to point three:
- Camera fabric! I can’t recall the last time I made something using a crazy printed fabric. Oh, novelty prints! How I have missed you!
What I would change for next time:
- Size up. I wants me some more room for ice cream!
- Add another inch in length. This is just a bit too short for me to wear comfortably without tights and I’d love to have a rad summer version. Maybe one with flamingoes on it- summery AND sophisticated… This needs to happen!
- Insert the zipper and fly correctly. Is it a weird sewing nerd thing to say I want to make some samples? Nahhhh, all the rad ladies practice!
Pattern: Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio
Fabric: 1.1m of Japanese cotton duck purchased from Mill Rose, lining from the stash
Notions: zip, thread, Bakelite button kindly gifted by my sewing secret santa Buttontree Lane
See also: pretty much everyone else ever that has sewn and blogged as I am lagging behind…
Overall, I am digging the Moss hard especially when mixed with a novelty print. I challenge you to be sad when wearing a camera skirt! Which allows me to segue into the obligatory photo of person in a camera skirt using a camera… Oh yeah, you knew from the start this was going to happen…