Thursday, June 12, 2014

Self Drafted Mini Skirt

As soon as the ink was dry on my last Tiny Pocket Tee post, I bought the Grainline Moss Skirt pattern, to solve the problem of a 23 year old's skirt on a thirty-something (mumbled under breath) year old's body. After taking a beat to think it over, I decided I wasn't quite ready to make the Moss Skirt. Fitting is a bitch  tough (even a well designed pattern), if I'm going to go through the hassle of tweaking muslins, I might as well have the skirt I really want at the end of it all. The skirt I really want, is the one I was wearing...only in a size bigger.
I started with my measurements, guessed at the dart locations, whipped up a muslin, took in said muslin, tweaked the dart locations, considered making a second muslin, threw caution to the wind, and before the frustration became totally unbearable, I had a new skirt. Yippee!
The fabric is my favorite light weight denim from Joann. I made a ton of baby pants out of this a few years ago, and a few yards seems to end up in my basket every time I'm at Joann. The lining is also from Joann (used before here).
I thought to search for tutorials for doing this sort of thing AFTER the fact, and this one is pretty much how it worked out. I thought to search for tutorials BEFORE attaching the invisible zipper, and I'm so glad I did. I was planning to hand sew the lining to the invisible zipper, but Coletterie showed me the error of my ways. Thank goodness, now I can go make another!
I really like the idea of having a pattern arsenal of wardrobe staples at my disposal. Things that I will make many times, and allow for a lot of variation. This little guy may not be much to look at, but I get a great satisfaction from constructing for myself. Its no draped ball gown, but its all me, and I'll be carrying that buzz with me until I sew closed an arm hole, or slice a hole in something with the serger by mistake.

Pictures of me wearing it here.


  1. Looks fantastic. I too am a huge fan of making everyday basics - I get so much pleasure from being able to dress stylishly and easily in something I've made myself. I'm very impressed by your drafting too. Great make!

    1. Thank you! I am a little surprised/relieved how well it turned out.