If you fancy a bit of stash busting and about two hour’s sewing, here's what you do - make yourself a Colette Patterns Ginger skirt. I’ve been meaning to make one for ages but couldn’t quite decide which fabric to use. Then I saw Lauren's fab denim version full of attitude, and my mind was made up. I absolutely love Lauren's Lladybird blog, the clothes she makes are right up my street (lots of gingham and polka dots) and her attention to detail is second to none. She’s also made the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen.... Now that I’ve embarrassed the poor girl to death, I’ll move on to the Ginger skirt.
This is a great pattern for a beginner: very few pattern pieces, simple, clear instructions and, for me, anyhow, a good fit. If you’re thinking of sewing your first garment then I’d highly recommend it. There is an invisible zip but don’t let that put you off, just read on!
On my bottom half at least, Colette patterns are a very good fit – I cut a straight size 8 and it fitted perfectly with no adjustments. The Ginger is a high waisted A-line skirt with a retro look about it. For those of you who are interested, it also has a very flattering midriff as it tends to pull you in around the stomach area (always a good thing in my case).
I used a dark denim from my stash that was left over after I made my boys a beanbag. Because the denim is quite thick, I used a thinner cotton for the inner waistband facing. Unusually for me, I went for a print type that doesn’t usually interest me.
That was a joke, I had a light blue polka dot in my stash and couldn’t resist!
The only bit that might put a beginner off is the invisible zip. On my dressmaking course, my tutor taught us how to insert an invisible zip using just a standard zipper foot. The garments I’ve made using this method have all been OK, but it’s always a bit trial and error with lots of swearing. For this make, I decided to splash out and buy myself an invisible zipper foot. Wow, what a difference, it makes things SO much easier and neater. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to buy one but I’m now a true convert. The only slight nagging feeling I have is the combination of slightly wussy, weakling child invisible zip coupled with sturdy workman’s denim. I should probably have used a more robust zip – I’ll let you know how it fares…
Sorry vintage McCall’s 7978 your reign as queen of the A-line skirt patterns is officially over. You’ve just been usurped by the Ginger. I’m finding it difficult to imagine a day when I WON’T be wearing this one! x