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.