completed: the colette ginger skirt

16 Jun

ah, the colette ginger skirt. a project that should have been quick & simple (do i hear the warning bells ringing in your head yet? how about now?). of course, “quick & simple” isn’t really an option for me, so i added a few extra steps to make myself feel like i was accomplishing something. and herein lies the rub: my two hour skirt ended up turning into a 4 hour skirt. and, as much as i’d love to pass this blame on someone else, i can’t. sometimes, we just gotta take this stuff in stride & accept the fact that we make things harder for ourselves. or wait, is that just me? whatever.

the pattern itself was a delight to sew – well-drafted, beautifully fitted, pretty much the same praise you hear about all colette patterns. like i said, the mistakes i made didn’t have anything to do with the pattern – they had everything to do with my modifications. i didn’t make any modifications to the fit; i cut it a straight size 4 and it is perfect. i added boning to the waistband (although i omitted the flannel interlining because the denim i used is pretty thick… oh, and i used plastic boning because my local shop was out of spiral steel. also, i am terrified of spiral steel.) and changed the zipper to lapped application, as previous experiences with invisible zips + thick fabric have kind of been disastuhs.

my fabric is a nice medium-weight, deep indigo denim. i wanted it to have a bit of shape, but i think it’s actually too stiff 😦 hopefully it’ll soften with wash & wear, although looking at the pictures it doesn’t look as weird as i think it does. the waistband is faced with some of the pretty voile i picked up a couple weeks ago – partially because i thought double denim + horsehair + boning would be too much, and partially because i think the voile is pretty & it’s my skirt & i get to do what i want. the seams are all mock flat-felled… i opted for the mock because i thought the denim was too thick for a true flat-fell.

my main issue was with the zipper – i don’t know what i did, but i somehow managed to put it in wrong four times! and it still looks like shit, but i don’t even care at this point because i hate it enough to ignore it. like i said, i couldn’t go with the invisible application due to the thickness of the fabric… and my lapped application i think was just better suited for a zipper that isn’t a heavy metal denim zipper. but, it’s passable & that’s all that matters to me right now. over it.

i do love my skirt, though! i can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make a denim skirt – i’ve been looking for the ~perfect~ one for years now! this will definitely get a lot of wear, it is so comfortable and flattering.

pictures? pictures.

ginger skirt
my shirt is washed out due to the OMG SUNLIGHT but this shows the true color of the denim

ginger skirt

ginger skirt

ginger skirt back
ahahaha that zipper. h8 u sfm.

ginger skirt

ginger skirt

ginger skirt - lapped zipper
facing :3

ginger skirt - mock flat-felled seam

and here is photographic proof that my shirt is actually a nice button-up & not some blinding white… thing:
ginger skirt - outfit

so fun!


20 Responses to “completed: the colette ginger skirt”

  1. Clare S June 16, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    So pretty! You’ve done a great job. I keep seeing so many pretty Collette Patterns made up by bloggers – I’m going to have to try them out myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jane June 16, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Oooh, the GInger skirt is next on my list and I was thinking of doing a denim version too. Yours looks fab. Zips eh, don’t you just love em?! I once spent ages putting what I thought was a perfect concealed zip in a dress, only to discover it was upside down. That was a bad day! Great job, it’s lovely and a perfect fit. x

    • lladybird June 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

      OH GOD i have actually done that before! and then spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out how to make it work upside-down instead of tearing it out πŸ™‚ hehe! i did end up fixing it, though!

  3. SabineC June 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Oh WOW! The skirt just looks so great on you! It falls beautifully. So fluid, and that for denim! I think I may have to turn my attention to this skirt pattern, like now!
    And zippers… I’ve come to think of them as a survival test… If I just persevere, then maybe – maybe! – in the end it will let me win… so next time, I can floor them with one swift move. Yeah.
    Go get ’em, girl!

  4. Portia June 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Hi! Just been having a nosey round your blog and thought I should let you know…….

  5. Cynthia @ Go Chic or Go Home June 17, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    First, I love this skirt!! Second…this only took you 4 hours??? I don’t sew, but that sounds like no time at all to make such a great piece. Your skills are awesome!

  6. gingermakes June 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Super cute! Betcha you’ll wear the hell outta this!

  7. Colleen June 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    It is so fun! And. Love it with those shoes.

  8. Ashley-refurl June 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Oooh, I love this in denim! I must buy this pattern now, what a wonderful idea. πŸ™‚

  9. kiki June 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    i just made my skirt—mine fits funny in the waist:) looking at other’s pictures to see what i did wrong…..

  10. Adrienne July 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    This skirt is adorable. Love it.


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