Ginger Made: Cotton Candy Ginger Skirt

Here she is, at long last– Ginger #2!

I kinda feel like Ginger Rogers in these shoes!

I finished sewing her a while ago, but only finished up the hand-stitched hem last night (once again, a super slow process, but this time I couldn’t do a machine hem because I didn’t have enough thread left to wind a bobbin… I finished with about 18″ to spare!!).

Ginger #1 and Ginger #2 now totally have to compete for my love

The fabric is a brushed cotton twill with just a hint ‘o’ stretch (which I didn’t notice in my fabric store excitement… “OMGeezy, pink!!  A pink skirt!!!  Ahhhhh!!!!”).  I also didn’t notice that it was brushed twill at the store as the fuzzy side was tucked to the inside.  I’m not a huge fan of that texture, so I used it as the wrong side (I hate how the fuzzy side always seems to get little threads and things stuck to it– yuck!).

Pardon the bra straps! I'm a classless trollop!

I did the piping using Sunni’s tutorial, and it was a breeze!  I totally recommend this.  I used ready-made white piping, but I think I’m ready to make my own on the next project that calls for it.

Ain't she a sweetheart?

In bummer news, the waistband is a tiny bit too big!  I’m not sure if this is due to the fact that Ginger #1 was made with much thicker fabric, or if it’s due to my constantly-fluctuating weight (grrrrr), but either way it’s pretty annoying.  I don’t much want to tear out the whole waistband just to take it in a tad and then find out a few months and a few pounds later that it no longer fits, so I think I will probably let it be for the time being.  Also, thinking about the waistband too much kind of makes me want to tear it to shreds like a rabid badger, so maybe we should move on.  Shall we?

Standing just a little bit crooked...

Anybody else have a Ginger cooking?  I highly recommend this pattern– it’s easy, flattering, and really fun to make.  If you’re looking for more inspiration before starting yours, Lindsay just posted an adorable chambray version and Casey just made one in cowgirl-style denim.

Ginger Sewalong #3: Baby’s First Skirt!

Hello, friends!  Today I’m feeling exhilarated, giddy, and triumphant (and not just because I stayed up ’til 1:00am hand stitching my skirt hem) because today is the Ginger Party!  I can’t thank Sunni enough for hosting the sewalong– if you’re new to sewing or just a wee bit timid, even you will be empowered to make this skirt with the assistance of her excellent tutorials!  It was soooo pleasant to work on a pattern alongside a kind and supportive online community.

I really enjoyed this project!  I got to try my hand at flat pattern alteration– my hips are one size smaller than my waist, so I cut out the waist in the correct size and graded the skirt pieces down to the smaller size.

Ack, windy day = bad hair day!

I didn’t have to take in the waistband at all.  Once I had the zipper properly installed, the fit was snug enough that I didn’t need to do anything else with it (also, it didn’t hurt that the fabric was much thicker than the muslin… I didn’t really realize that I should have made my muslin with fabric similar to the final project… whoops!).

I'm moody. Sometimes I look down.

Similarly, I didn’t have to take off any length for my skirt to hit above the knee.  Once the waist fit properly, the whole shebang just seemed right!

Sometimes when I'm really feeling moody, I stare at walls.

Can we talk for a minute about hand-sewn hems?  Is this something that everyone does?  Do you guys do it every time?  Cause, seriously, it was TEDIOUS.  Trying to shove the needle through double layers of thick twill was unpleasant, and the whole thing took f o r e v e r (granted, that may have been because I started at 11:00pm, but it took me more than two hours!).

How do you stand so you don't have crazy legs in photos? Teach me, please!

I can’t say it enough, but THANK YOU to Sunni and the other participants– what a great few weeks it’s been!  I’m still working away on my pink Ginger, so hopefully I’ll unveil that soon!

Ginger Sewalong #2: Muslin

I finally finished my muslin for the Beginner’s First Ginger Sewalong!  The skirt needs some minor adjustments, but nothing too serious.

Front 'n' Center

I finished up late in the day with limited access to light in the apartment, hence the awful background.  The waistband sticks out a bit at the top, but I’m going to wait and make any adjustments to the final skirt because:

A) I didn’t sew on the inner waistband piece, so I’ll probably lose a tiny bit of the extra fabric there.  Plus, I’ll be turning down the edge 5/8″, so it might get a bit tighter then, too.

B) My invisible zipper is just basted on (as you will see below) because I didn’t have a practice zipper and I need to use this one on my real skirt.  As a result, I didn’t stitch close enough to the zipper coil and I’m getting some additional room in the waistband.

See the waistband poking out? Booo...

So, I guess I’ll check out how things look once I’ve made these changes and hopefully I won’t have to do anything more drastic. Otherwise maybe I can just nip it in at the sides a bit? I wouldn’t mind if it sat a little higher on my waist, either.  I guess we’ll see what happens.

Not-so-invisible zipper

Next dilemma: length!  I turned the hem up 5/8″, but I’m wondering if I should go a tad bit shorter.  Any thoughts?

Ginger Sewalong #1: Fabric Picks!

I’m OVERWHELMED with excitement– the Beginner’s First Ginger Sewalong over at A Fashionable Stitch is upon us!  This rainy, dark, and generally horrible day in NYC turned to sunshine and lemon drops once I entered the hallowed halls of Mood Fabric for the first time in my life.  It’s… amazing.  Organized!  Clean!  Jam-packed with bolt after bolt of beautiful fabric!  I was immediately drawn to this cotton twill for my skirt:

Cotton twill from Mood Fabrics in my favorite color, robin's egg blue!

It’s a lovely shade of deep robin’s egg blue (please pardon the crummy photo– it’s been dark, dreary, and impossible to take good pictures for days!) and is a nice sturdy weave.  I’m a little worried about the weight of the fabric.  I’m not sure if it is a mediumweight or if it’s heavier.  I think it will hang nicely, but I forgot in the throes of passion at Mood that my chintzy sewing machine can barely get through more than two layers of lightweight cotton.  I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t have any issues sewing with this fabric.

Then THIS happened.  I REALLY wanted a pink skirt when I first saw the Ginger pattern, although a cotton candy-colored A-line skirt will probably make me look like a schoolgirl.  But since this lighter-weight cotton twill was on a closeout special, I couldn’t resist.  I’m planning to whip up a second skirt in this pink with white piping accents after I finish up the first one.  I think it will be challenging enough to make the skirt the first time around without fiddling around with piping or other fussy details.  But I can’t wait to start working on this version, too!

Fabric pick for Skirt Numero Dos!