Let's talk about the Colette patterns Ginger skirt. I love the shape of this skirt: it's simple but so flattering, definitely a cut above your usual A-line. I made my first one back in the summer and it was an instant winner - a good fit, ridiculously easy to make and denim. What's not to like about a denim skirt? I've worn it to death, and when it finally falls to pieces, I'll have to make an exact replica. To avoid this sad occurrence, I thought I'd better make a second one, as contingency.
I made my second one from an apple print needle cord which I managed to nab when Kitschy Coo was selling off some of her stash. Kitschy Coo makes children's clothes and I think the fabric was originally used for that purpose. Now, the thought of a 42 year old woman dressed in children's clothes does conjure up images of horror, but the muted colours and Orla Kiely-esque print made me think I could just about get away with making it into a skirt.
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The only slight problem with the fabric was the lack of it: I had barely a yard. By this point though, I'd absolutely set my heart on an apple print Ginger so there was no going back. Thanks to some extremely cunning pattern placement, I just about managed to cut out all the pieces, but some apples are (ahem) facing the wrong direction....
The needle cord is quite thin and I was concerned about it riding up when wearing tights, so a lining was required. I just happened to have some left over from my jacket that was the perfect colour - yay.
Lining it was pretty simple, thanks to Scruffy Badger who gave me the idea. I made an exact copy of the skirt with lining fabric, but didn't sew up the centre back seam.
I then followed the directions in the pattern for attaching the inside facing, simply continuing to sew down to the end of the invisible zip on both sides.
I then sewed up the centre back seam. Because there was a full lining rather than just a facing, I omitted the step which attached the back facing to the front. I'm glad I made the effort: it's much slinkier to wear with a lining and I managed to stash bust at the same time - hooray.
The light is shocking at the moment for photographing garments, but the background of the fabric is actually a dark chocolatey brown. So I can wear it with brown tights and boots. And a big, mad necklace….
...and if I want to show off the high waistband, I can wear it with my 1930's blouse.
Another thumbs up for the Ginger, it's a great addition to my autumn wardrobe. Next up I'm going to tackle the Jasmine blouse. Happy Sunday. x