Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Ginger Mark Three


If you've been reading Tilly's blog recently, you'll know she's planning a One Week, One Pattern project from 26th March to 1st April.  The idea is simple: to celebrate those special sewing patterns that get made up again and again. How? By spending an entire week just wearing garments made from that favourite pattern.  As Tilly says, "the (mini) challenge comes in really pushing the boundaries of the pattern's versatility, finding new and creative ways of restyling similar-looking garments so it doesn't look like you're basically wearing the same outfit all week."


I love this idea and shall be jumping in whole heartedly.  It's also given me a boot up the arse to make another version of my favourite skirt pattern which I've been threatening to make for months on end.  In case you weren't paying attention to the title of this post (there's a big clue there!), I'll be wearing my Colette Patterns Ginger skirt for One Week, One Pattern.  As of today, I've now made three different versions of the skirt, which should be more than enough to get me through a whole week. Here's my latest version.



Thrillingly (for me anyway), this third version was made entirely from stash materials, yay!  For the outer skirt I used leftover wool crepe from my Swing Dress, and underlined it with a scant metre of red cotton muslin that was lurking in my linings box.   

I used a fat quarter of a 1930's style red flower print for the inside waistband and a zip that was part of my lovely bag of goodies from the Brighton sewists.  All stuff that was just lying around - I love it when that happens.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this is a very easy skirt to make.  It took me barely a morning from deciding I was going to make it to pressing the final seam. The wool crepe is quite drapey and consequently, this third Ginger skirt has a completely different feel to my first two, which were made from much stiffer denim and cord (find them here and here). That's all good though as it means I can style it slightly differently. Talking of styling, do you like my lovely detachable collar?  

I made it using a scrap of white cotton and a vintage glass button and it took me barely half an hour.  I used Casey's excellent tutorial, which includes a printable pattern for the collar pieces.

So I'm now all set for the mini challenge - I'm really quite looking forward to wearing skirts every day for a week! x




34 comments:

  1. Lovely skirt and fabulous styling - the collar is so cute. I've said it before and I'll say it again - can I come and live in your home, please. Where do you hide the dust?

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    1. It helps having an OCD husband who likes tidying (no, he's absolutely not normal)! x

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  2. Lovely colour. I think the drapey crepe suits the style,

    Jane

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  3. Ah, I was thinking about making a red wool Ginger too! I think we tend to think on the same sewing-wavelength :) Good to know that it looks fab in red hehe. And I love that little peter pan collar! Just sets the whole look off :D

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    1. Ha! I think we've got similar sewing tastes too, I could happily wear all your clothes! x

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  4. Gorgeous! And so different from your other two Gingers - goes to show how versatile the pattern is, just by changing the fabric. Your collar is so sweet - such a great outfit!
    And I really want a nosey around your house...based on the lovely lovely backdrop of these photos I think I would love it!

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    1. Aw thanks Suzie. Maybe I'll take a photo in a different room every day of the challenge, just so you can have a good nosey! I'm the same, I LOVE seeing what peoples houses are like. x

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  5. What a lovely Ginger, Jane! I was also thinking of using this pattern for my 'One Pattern, One Week' challenge...you know what they say about great minds eh?!? Oh and you also know how much I adore peter pan collars, so top marks for yours. Your whole outfit is just perfect!

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  6. Another gorgeous Ginger! Love the inside of the waistband Jane. I have this pattern but haven't had time to make it up yet - this makes me want to do it pronto (after all the other stuff!). I adore your detachable collar too. You are too cute - I could just eat you up!

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    1. Why thank you Joanne! I've got a birthday in a few weeks and am feeling totally old and bag-like, so it's nice to be seen as cute and eatable!

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    2. !! I totally agree with Joanne. You're adorable x

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  7. I love it! Your whole outfit is perfect, as usual!

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  8. It's another winner Jane. How great to make the same pattern in different weight fabrics and enjoy the fit and the differences. The collar is mucho cute too! Nice styling :-)

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  9. Lovely outfit!
    I love a good red skirt - I have three I wear regularly, so they must be a wardrobe essential for me!
    Your collar is very sweet and I like how it updates a cardigan. At first I thought you had made a new blouse you hadn't told us about!

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    1. Red skirts are fab aren't they, I can't believe I haven't made one before. It won't be the last one I make though! x

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  10. The skirt is fab, as is the waistband facing. I love such details.

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  11. So pretty, Miss Jane! I love your apple print one the best :)

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  12. Jane you look so lovely in your outfit and beautifully made skirt. And I'm glad you mentioned the collar, I was eyeing it up from the first photo. x

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  13. Red is your signature colour isn't it. Love the floral inside - almost a pity to keep it a secret. I've finally started on my first Beignet. Yeh!

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    1. Go for it Gail! Can't wait to see it, I think the fitted style will suit you really well. x

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  14. I love your skirt and how cute is it to have a detachable collar?! Also, the room you're in is beautiful, everything about it!

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  15. Jane, we have something in common, the Ginger is my favorite too, I have made up 7 skirts in the last month. I haven't even posted them yet. I think I need therapy because I want to make more lol. Anyway, I love your red one. I did a red one too, but the fabric gets a lot of wrinkles, so I may make another. He He

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    1. That made me laugh out loud - seven??!! I can see why though, it's an addictive pattern! x

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  16. Your skirt is gorgeous, and I LOVE the peter pan collar, it was the first thing that caught my eye! The whole outfit is fab. :)

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  17. Woo hoo! Another fabulous Ginger... and yes, the collar is The Business! :D

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  18. Love your choice of lining for the waistband - so cute against the red!

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  19. Lovely! I adore the fabric you've used for the facing. And Jane, I trust you bought those tulips especially to coordinate with your outfit shot? Thought so ;) xx

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    1. Gah, you know me too well....! x

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  20. Ooh I love your collar! I've been looking for a dress or top with this kind of collar on-never thought of a detachable collar. I'm going to try this. Lovely!

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    1. Oh that's great, it really is easy to make. x

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  21. Wonderful skirt, and I see I'm not the only one to notice how lovely your home is. Will you take us on a tour sometime?

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  22. Gorgeous work, as always. :) The inner waistband is so freaking pretty! I would smile every time I put on the skirt.

    I'm doing Tilly's challenge, too.. I do tend to make things repeatedly from the same pattern... Though I don't know if I have a week's worth of bottoms... Hmm...

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  23. Another winner! I just love the little detail of the contrasting inside waistband. Nice touch.

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