Ginger Made: Grainline Studio Moss Mini Skirt!

GUYS.  Someone please check my vitals because I think I’m ill… I’m having fun sewing wardrobe basics!  What?!  I realized during Me-Made-May that I didn’t have a single skirt that I wanted to wear– not one!  I downloaded this pattern the day it was released, but kept setting it aside in favor of shinier projects.  I’m so glad I finally made it!

It’s a well-known fact that I have a red-hot girl crush on Jen from Grainline Studio (EEEEEK, have you SEEN her new Lakeside Pajamas pattern?), and this pattern, the Moss Mini Skirt, just adds fuel to the fire!  I love, love, LOVE this skirt!  It’s semi-fitted, casual, and ultra wearable– everything I need and want in a skirt!

I used organic twill from Mood Fabrics, the same type (but a different colorway) that I used for my sister’s Kelly skirt.  I love this twill– it’s just the right weight for skirts.  I bought this fabric months ago, planning to make a jacket, but you’ve gotta live in the moment, right?  CARPE DIEM AND CLEAR OUT THOSE STASHES, SEWISTS!

This was my first time putting in a zipper fly, so I was a little nervous, but Jen’s photo tutorial is really helpful if you’re a scaredy-cat (or you’re super brave, but you just want more visuals).  To close the skirt, I used a jeans button from Taylor Tailor and I LOVE how it looks.  It’s just so professional-looking!  Taylor’s tutorial for inserting rivets (same process as jeans buttons) is great, too.  I followed his advice and added two extra layers of twill between my button halves, so it’s nice and stable.  I should have finished the edges of the center front seam before installing the fly, but since I didn’t, I ended up with a portion of the raw edges visible.  I ironed a little square of very lightweight interfacing on top of the raw edges to seal them in.

I made a muslin, but the skirt fit quite well without any alterations.  The yoke in the back makes for a really nice fit and looks very RTW.  The only change I made was to shorten the hem band, and thus, the skirt, by 2″.

And look!  I finished it off with a pug!  My sister had these labels printed for me… aren’t they cute?

I’m really excited to have a new skirt in my wardrobe!  I can see myself wearing this basically ’round the clock.

What is your favorite skirt or skirt pattern?  And what are you working on right now?

What is happening with my face here?

163 responses

  1. I love this, it fits you like a glove. I’ve also been trying to sew more skirts and basics but your right, the shiny projects always steer me off track! I like that your skirt is longer, a lot of the other Versions I’ve seen have been super short. This one is great!

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    • Yeah, as much as I love minis, I just can’t bear to show so much leg anymore! I’m 30 after all… time to start dressing like I’m middle-aged! 😉 But really, with the full hem band, this hits at the knee for me (I’m 5’6″ for reference). It’s nice to have the option of short or longer.

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  2. Eek! It’s awesome. After seeing yours and Andrea’s, I’m pretty much hating myself for not buying this pattern the second it was released! Must make a moss mini asap!

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  3. Yay for Grainline! Jen does such a good job drafting clothes I actually want to wear! And she’s got pretty much a full wardrobe of patterns now! 🙂 Your skirt is great – that khaki colour is going to go with everything! (One strange thing tho – I can’t see a pic of your pug labels!)

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    • Ahahaha– that’s because I forgot to put the link in the post! Whoops! 🙂

      But yeah, I could probably live happily for the rest of my life wearing only Grainline patterns!

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    • Heeheehee, I know what you mean! The inside makes me really happy! The serger thread is my favorite color, so the last four or five things I’ve made have all had that bright blue on the inside. 🙂

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      • I just want to finish your garments as nicely as you, but first, I will have to wise up for the exterior and fitting. Otherwise I would have to wear me made things inside out! You are a great sewist. 🙂

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  4. OMG pug labels what what!!!??? I had to go to your flickr account to see those. Your picture is not showing up in this post. So flipping cute! Your insides look so pretty too! Great job girlie!

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  5. Ooooh! I need that pajama set! Awesome labels! Your sis did a great job thee. I’m working on my first bombshell swimsuit and the tiny pocket tank. My first of both and I suspect not my last. 😉

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      • Mine should hopefully be done by this weekend. I want it done now, but I only have limited time during the week to sew. So it is going a bit slower. Can’t wait to see what you did with yours!

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  6. I share your crush. Jen’s patterns are fab. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new pj pattern. I have the maritime shorts and scout tee in queue right now. I need to get my act together now that the weather is warm enough for shorts! This skirt looks great. I love the pug label!!!

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  7. Looks like a perfect basic to me! I know how unappealing it sounds to sew basics… but man, there’s something soo satisfying about them (especially since they get worn SO MUCH compared to other stuff). I think you’ll get a lot of wear out of this one! Isn’t that organic twill stuff awesome? Ugh I just wish they had more colors; I’d buy so much more!

    Also, I love those pug labels. So cute!

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  8. Ack, love this…what a great wardrobe staple! I would love to suit skirts (the Moss Mini in particular), but I really don’t…so I mostly stay away from them! Your labels are super cool by the way…wooof!

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  9. Such fun labels!! And that skirt is great! It looks like something you will be reaching for over and over. I just need to get over the zipper-fly fear and make this adorable skirt 🙂

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    • Thanks, Maggie! The zipper fly photo tutorial on the Grainline website makes it pretty easy. It’s kind of time-consuming, but not hard. Maybe try just cutting out a practice skirt front and doing a trial run if you’re really nervous about the fly?

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  10. ginger, I just love it on you. Great job adding basics to your wardrobe. I have a New Look pattern I like and a McCall’s pattern, I just don’t wear skirts that often.

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  11. I’m in the process of washing all of my RTW clothes (as I type this actually) so I can donate them and get them the hell out of my life. This is drastic, but it will force me to sew wardrobes staples like this and focus on the sewing that I really need to do. I love your Moss skirt and I can totally see myself wearing it all the time! There are sooooo many patterns I’ve been dying to sew and I haven’t made them yet. Now I have to!

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    • Wow, that’s some commitment! It can be hard to force yourself to make basics, but it really pumps up your me-made wardrobe and helps to get rid of the orphans you have in your closet.

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  12. It’s so adorable! Perfect summer staple for the hot weather, and love the plaid facings on the inside! PS I know I am way behind the times here, but OMG YOUR HAIR IS SO SO FANTASTIC.

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  13. With you all the way with the love for Moss Mini! I’ve made a couple and both were in v. high rotation during MMM. I just find this style of skirt soooo easy to style – it just seams to go with everything! And it’s so much easier to motivate yourself to sew basics when the results are this good 😀

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  14. I love this skirt! One of the many patterns I want to make as well! Well done – you’ll get loads of wear out of this. I like your finishing inside as well.

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  15. Yeeeeehaw! I love this skirt!!! More Moss’ pleez! Great choice of fabric – and I LOVE that plaid pocket. Gorgeous. I think a plaid Archer would rock the socks off this Moss. Just sayin.

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    • Thanks, girl! I still can’t get over your fabulous Moss! And it’s funny you should mention a plaid Archer… cause I have an unfinished Archer in this very same plaid that’s been missing half of the pearl snaps for about three months! I had an incident putting them in, threw a tantrum, and then left it sit! Guess I should probably finish that, huh?

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  16. I’ve been eyeing off this pattern for AGES. I’ve also been eyeing off some vivid red cotton twill for ages…
    Could this possibly compete with my intense love affair of the Vogue 1247 skirt???

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  17. I’m in the same boat—I downloaded the Moss skirt eons ago, but haven’t gotten around to it. It’s moving up in the queue once again!

    p.s. Where did your sister make those labels?!?! LOVE!

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  18. Basics can be so much fun to make, right? And this one looks great :D, especially the front fly section — and that label! (it’s the best!)

    (As for what’s on my table, I have a a full-length satin skirt waiting to be hemmed, alas. My least favourite part of sewing!)

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  19. God I love your photos, you’re always so cute. 😀 That skirt looks great on you! And in that color you’ll wear it with everything. Awesome! The insides look pretty snazzy, too!

    On my sewing table is a cropped halter top that I’m not sure I’ll have the chance to wear much (though it’s now a million degrees out), but I’m still sewing it anyway. 😉

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  20. This is PERFECT on you! I definitely think you’ll get so much wear out of this one and I love the insides!
    Those pug labels are amazing! You’re sister is pretty awesome for that…

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  21. love the label! so cute. i’m totally in love with the moss mini, your version is awesome! i’ve made it twice and have another to make soon. i’m a total grainline fangirl!

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  22. That skirt is so cute and majorly wearable. I love it and I agree that the jeans-type button makes it look professional.

    Also, those labels are adorable!

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  23. I’m all about sewing basics! Great job with the skirt. I love the contrasting pocketing, and those labels are such a nice finishing touch. Oh…and thanks for the link 🙂

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    • It’s pretty sad, but I have an Archer sewed up (in the fabric I used for the pocket linings of this skirt, actually) that’s just missing one half of the pearl snaps. I tried to put them on, had tons of trouble, then threw it to the side and it’s been sitting unfinished for about three months. Terrible!

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  24. Isn’t it such a fabulous skirt pattern! So simple, yet so practical for everyday wear. And we all know how satisfying it is to reach into your wardrobe and want to wear something we’ve made 🙂 I’m an addict for Taylor Tailor too – his jeans supply shop is the best! Your skirt looks great 🙂

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  25. As I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and now catching up on everything, I have to say: Cool hair cut!
    Let’s face it: simple projects are so satisfying both in terms of time commitment but also wearability! I’ve never tried Grainline Studio patterns, but now I feel tempted.
    At the moment I entered the Princess Seam Madness for both pencil skirt and tops and I plan to make at least two of each. Vive le de-stashing!

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  26. I have to agree with you, this pattern is absolutely amazing, and it’s definitely my favorite skirt. It’s the only one I’d wear anywhere, anytime.
    Oh and I am now working on some lakeside pjs… I guess I am a bit of a Grainline fan 🙂

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  27. Super cute – this looks great on you and such a good fit! The inside is so fun too. My favourite skirt of the moment has to be the Hollyburn, so quick and easy to make and so versatile too. Currently I am working on the Elisalex dress by By Hand London – just need to hand-stitch the lining and the hem.

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  28. Oooh. great skirt…so wearable and useful! Yay for me made basics! I love the label too. I have been sewing basics recently two pairs of skinnies and a pair of navy shorts. I am wearing the shorts daily at the moment. Currently sewing? A bag for my friend’s baby and just cut out a salme patterns blouse. x

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  29. This is super cute. Ive tried one of the grainline patterns and have had nothing but frustrations with the drafting. Everything looks so cute though.

    My favorite skirt recently has been the Hollyburn skirt. Love it!

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    • It seems like the indie pattern companies have their quirks. Grainline must use a block with similar proportions to mine because they always fit me right off the bat while Colette and Sewaholic, for example, require lots of fiddling and fudging with the fit.

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