another ginger – western style

28 Jun

i love this ginger pattern, y’all. it’s so easy to sew, flattering to wear, etc etc. after casey posted a tutorial for scalloped pockets, i knew i needed to make another one asap. here’s the fun part of the story – i stopped by a moving sale on my way to the fabric store (i needed to have my scissors sharpened & i thought i would buy some khaki twill to make into a western-y skirt) and ended up buying a gigantic bag of fabric for $20… including 4 yards of khaki twill! haha i love it when this stuff works out in my favor!

i still got my scissors sharpened, though. they now cut like a hot knife through buttah. and the scissor man complimented my excellent choice in shears. yes, i blushed.


so here’s my second ginger! i used the aforementioned khaki twill, re-drafted the pattern to include scalloped pockets, and interfaced the waistband with boning. there are buttons to hold down the pockets, and i even found the perfect brown invisible zipper lurking in my stash. super cheap project!

these pictures are not very good – it was gross outside, so i had to use the flash. but omg my hair – why is my hair so giant? higher the hair, closer to god amirite?

i did wear my cowboy boots for you guys. do you love them? they were my mama’s :3 she wants them back LOL TOO BAD 😉

i promise the invisible zipper is much more invisible irl – the flash makes everything look funny.

scalloped pockets! giant hair! yeehaw! 😀

ginger front
here is a more accurate representation of the color.

ginger zipped
the zipper went in without a hitch!

ginger unzipped
i serged all my seams – they look different because i only had 2 spools of light brown thread, so i used those in the upper & lower loopers and used dark brown for the needles. then i forgot & serged whichever way… which is why you see some dark brown, some light brown. oops!

ginger - scallops
pretty pockets! the buttons also came from the same moving sale – i love them!

damn, this is a bad picture. the topstitching looks wonky as hell & you can totally see my slipstitching. whatever. don’t care.

so yep, pretty pleased with this one!

and while we’re on the subject, look at some of the other fabric i bought at the sale…

new floral fabric
this one is my favorite. i laughed pretty hard when i unearthed it because it looks remarkably similar to sunni’s ginger skirt – which, btw, was the whole reason why i bought the pattern in the first place. i love her skirt!
anyway, i got 4 yards of this… for $2. YES. i think i am going to use it for the rooibos, though. what color should i make the piping and facings? red? yellow? white? not purple. don’t say purple.

floral fabric
another 4 yard piece of fabric i picked up for $2. this one is a cotton/rayon blend… the original stickers from the fabric store were still on it. it’s a little too quilt-y for me, but i think i can make it work with something. maybe the parfait?

new fabric
and this guy! i don’t remember the exact yardage, but it was more than 2. i did a burn test & it is definitely cotton-something, maybe rayon… it is very soft & almost silky. so so pretty.

i also bought navy corduroy (4 yards), olive green wool suiting (2~ yards), wool tweed (a giant piece; idk how much, it had moth holes so it’s currently ~chilling~ in the freezer lolz), boring yellow gingham that i obvs don’t even need, the aforementioned buttons and oh… 4 yards of 60″ denim:
this is what 12ft of denim looks like
a full 12ft, if you will
i mean, lolwut

guess i will be making pants later down the line this year. heyyyy-o!

15 Responses to “another ginger – western style”

  1. Jane June 28, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Yee-ha! Love it, it looks great with the cowboy boots and the ‘first lady of country’ giant hair! Your bargain fabric is GORGEOUS and yes, as soon as I saw the first one I thought of Sunni’s Ginger skirt too (also the reason I bought the pattern)! I vote for white or yellow piping but under no circumstances purple (I’m not a great purple fan!). Can’t wait to see what you make with your new additions. x

    • Portia June 28, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      Yikes! What a haul! All that denim too, wowzers! Soooo jealous! I vote for white piping. Love the Ginger in khaki and you’re right about those buttons; totally fab!

  2. Trisha June 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Wow! What an amazing haul of fabric.

    Love your Ginger skirt. The pockets are super-cute!

  3. Fashionable Stitcher June 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I love your giant hair! That color is seriously awesome! Even though I’m a redhead, I’ve actually died my hair more red and LOVED it! Love your hair! Your skirt is terribly stellar! The pockets look fabulous and its such a versatile piece. Sheesh! I wouldn’t be surprised if you wore it every single day! Darling!

    I’m also terribly jealous of your fabric finds. So jealous I wish I knew where you lived, because I would steal them. Can’t wait to see what you make out of them too! xoxo, Sunni

  4. Fashionable Stitcher June 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Oh – not saying that you dye your hair though. Gah! The color is fabulous though, even if you do! Makes me want to revisit doing something with mine.

    • lladybird June 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      hahaha, welllllll i absolutely do dye my hair. i am a natural brunette, but i was born to be a redhead 🙂 right now i’m experimenting with henna. being a redhead is so much fun; i’m jealous that yours is natural!

  5. Casey June 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    What a beautiful skirt, Lauren! I really love that you made it in khaki–so versatile. And can’t help but envy your gorgeous cowboy boots too. 😉 Bravo!

    Also wanted to say that all that fabric you scored is amazing!

  6. cailinrua June 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    i thought it was great. can’t you just seam rip that stitch out?

    • lladybird June 29, 2011 at 9:19 am #

      i could… but that would require me not being lazy :B

      thank you!

  7. Becca June 29, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Love the skirt and the boots. The hair goes with the style. 🙂 What a great find at that moving sale. I wish that happened to me more often.

  8. Andrea@FancyThat! July 5, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Cute skirt! I can’t sew a stitch, so I’m impressed.

  9. Natalie July 6, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    I am in love with those boots! I totally need a pair.. hmm what size are they? haha.
    The skirt looks fabulous, especially with the awesome giant hair. I wish mine would do that. I don’t get much time for sewing (5 month old baby won’t hear of it) but you are very inspiring! 🙂


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