I’ll be the first to admit that I have the attention span of a squirrel on a sugar high and that many crazy ideas come from this heightened state of awesomeness. Some ideas are bad: trying crickets as a snack food in Vietnam. Some ideas are good: karaoke to 80s hair rock while dressed in a toga. And some ideas- well they are just plain awesome. And the Ginger Hack is one of these.
Gentle readers, the fruits of my sugar crazed labours: The Ginger Hack.
Inspired by the My Very Best Palette Skirt from ModCloth for the Sew Weekly “Made This Look” challenge the Ginger Hack has come together rather snazzily!
|Image from ModCloth
I’ll be honest- at times this project was heading into hot mess territory. The cobbled together Amanda-brand pattern pieces were a struggle and the lack of any kind of curved ruler/bendy thing made creating the lower colour band only slightly easier than trying to bathe an angry guinea pig. And let me tell you those suckers do not take to enforced hygiene well…
Armed with a delicious ginger beer and some warmish Australia Day weather I pressed on. I decided to truly embrace my haphazard approach to this project and freestyled my way through the construction. I started with getting the pink bands sewn on to the body of the skirt. This went swimmingly until I realised I had one of the back pieces back to front… Cue the shaking of fists, unpicking and resewing. Magic times.
The rest of the process was surprisingly easy. Everything came together well and even my hacked sections matched! I cheated a bit with the seams and serged t to finish them. The black thread may not match the pink but I have decided they make the skirt seem “edgy” and SUPER-EXTREME™… bwah ha ha!
The waistband came together like a dream and I love the way the Colette Patterns has designed this feature. It looks super profesh.
What I loved about this pattern:
- My first attempt at “hacking” an established pattern. And it worked!
- The colour blocking looks awesomeness!
- How quick it was this time round. My skills are improving.
- I’d like to try an exposed metal zip at the back to sass things up.
- Try a different way to finish seams.
- More colour combos!