OK so it’s official. I am a GIANT fan of Grainline Studio patterns. Jen knocks it out of the park. Every. Time.
You’ll probably recognise this little beauty here. It’s a moss skirt – a mini skirt with fly front closure (like the closure on jeans) and lovely roomy pockets.
Not only is it kinda effortlessly cool (a bit like Jen herself) but it’s 100% comfortable. Double threat.
I’ve actually had this since Christmas but didn’t have much chance to take photos in January (a lethal combination of illness and poor winter lighting). Boo.
It’s a pattern I was stalking for quite a while, but I was quite scared of taking it on. I mean fly front closure just sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?
But it was honestly super easy. Jen’s instructions were brilliant (as always). Totally painless.
My absolute favourite thing about this is the bronze metal zipper and metal button snap closure. They really make it feel like it’s legit.
FYI I had the snap put in for the whooping great cost of €2 at my parents local shoe store.
So, hey, if you need a snap closure put in professionally on the cheap I can totally hook you up. Just think of me as your enabler.
The next time I make a moss (and there will be a next time) I might just be tempted to add 2 inches to the hem as the skirt’s a wee bit short. There is an optional hem band, but I think I’ll just stick to lengthening the skirt.
For now I’ll just wear this with thick tights and a lounge lizard attitude.
Keen to know more about the construction? I’ve added it in at the bottom of the post.
So, are you ever tempted to sew out of your comfort zone, fly fronts or other wise? Or are you quite happy staying in your sewing groove?
ps Jen’s newest pattern looks perfect for anyone hoping to tackle coats. It’s definitely being added to the top of my when-I-sew-a-coat pattern wish list.
Pattern: Grainline Studio moss skirt.
Material: black cotton drill from my stash, bought from eBay a few years ago. The pocket lining (unseen) is a lovely beige washed silk I found in my mamma’s stash.
What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?
I cut and sewed a straight 8. I was treating this as a wearable muslin and was totally prepared to make alterations.
In the end I didn’t need to do anything. I forgot how few fitting issues you get with skirts. Score.
Though I may be tempted to add 2″ to the hem for the next make.
What are you most proud of?
It came together well – cotton drill is incredibly forgiving (even if the insides are a hot mess). Jen’s instructions are really clear. Even the button front closure came together easily and she shows you how to get a really good finish.
I used a brass metal zipper and brass metal snap closure for the finish. I think they work really well with the heavier fabric.
What will you do differently next time?
I’d definitely like to add 2″ to the hem. You could use the hem band, but I prefer the cleaner finish of a longer hem line.
I’ve actually got some burgundy gabardine lined up for the next make, so watch this space!