The first garments we documented were these two skirts. They are both made from the Moss skirt pattern sold by Grainline, a pattern company I can't recommend enough. Not only are the designs great and versatile, her blog is full of great and clear tutorials. This skirt meant inserting a fly front zip for the first time, and I'm really glad with the super clear explanation provided on the blog!
The first version I made is straight from the pattern, without any alterations. I used a great boiled wool I bought at a Dries Van Noten stock sale recently. I loved the colour and feel of the fabric but only had about a yard of it so I was a little hesitant to cut into it. The entire skirt is underlined with cotton voile to keep it from stretching too much, all the facings are cut from a regular cotton to avoid bulk, and the hem is made with bias tape.
First fly front ever! I love the colour of the wool, too bad it doesn't photograph better. It's a bit warmer in real life.
Love the pockets as well, the pattern has you sew them into the front seam so they stay in place. No bunching up, which is a plus with such a tight fitting skirt.
My cat Jakkepoes came by to say hello and see what we were up to...
But I couldn't convince him to come take a closer look.
I really liked how this skirt turned out, it's a pretty basic item that goes with a lot of different tops, and proved to be a great canvas for extravagant tights:
I love these! I bought them from Etsy seller Teja Jamilla, she has a load of other cool things in stock.
Anyway, after making this skirt I was pretty satisfied with the fit, but thought it would be more wearable with a bit more length. I don't wear a lot of short skirts because I tend to get a bit uncomfortable in them after a while, so I went for a few extra inches with the second one:
... But yeah, if you start adding length I better make up for it by using the boldest floral pattern in my stash! This is a piece of vintage fabric I bought online on a whim, and again i didn't have a lot of it. This pattern is great for using up smaller pieces of fabric, you can squeeze it out of even less than a yard if you cut your facings in a different fabric!
I didn't change anything about the fit for this second one, just added a bit of length at the hem. This skirt fits a tiny bit wider than the wool one, probably because it's less bulky. The cotton does wrinkle quite badly though!
I will leave you with a demonstration of my mad photoshop skills:
Yes, I know the lighting is totally different on the second me. I had to go change and all! The picture itself is accurate though, First me wouldn't be too happy about Second me suddenly popping up. That would mean sharing food/clothing/boyfriend!