Friday, December 14, 2012

Grainline Moss Mini Skirt

I used to wear mini skirts all the time when I was a young whippersnapper. Not as short as I see around these days, but definitely mini skirts. I haven't worn one in a while, but wanted a denim one for this summer to pair with tanks and singlets.

I thought the new Grainline Moss Skirt looked pretty perfect, if a little short for me. I made it up in a size 6 with no fit alterations bar lengthening it by 15cm. I made it in a lovely black Italian denim from Tessuti.

I wore this to work on Friday - we have casual Fridays. I wore a cream and red striped Veronika Maine blazer over it.

This was my first time sewing a Grainline pattern and my first time sewing a fly like this. The pattern instructions are amazingly clear and easy to follow. There is also a tutorial on the Grainline blog.

I did two things differently. I faced the waistband with the same Liberty cotton lawn I used for the pockets as my denim was too thick to use as the facing.

I also faced the hem with the Liberty as when I tried on the skirt before hemming it was exactly the right length. I despaired for a while thinking it would be more mini than I wanted and then had the lightbulb moment of facing the hem.  

I love this skirt. It is really comfy and a good length for running around after Little M. I also really like the fit. Slim but not tight. Will look good with a pair of Converse or a pair of sandals. My kinda skirt. I think I will make another one in the new year - maybe a red one?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Vogue 8723: The Fully-Skirted Frock

Earlier this year Lisa from Tessuti posted her amazing 40th birthday party dress. I knew when I saw it that I wanted my own to wear to the wedding in New Zealand that we went to in September. Lisa has the most amazing sartorial taste.

So I armed myself with just under 2m of 'Toffee Drops' - a satin taffeta from Tessuti, some lining fabric and Vogue 8723:

I completely forgot to get photos of myself in NZ though. Luckily however, my father-in-law's 70th birthday dinner was at Cutler & Co. on Saturday night (also our wedding anniversary), so Michael and I got dolled up and went out sans-child.

What can I say? I didn't have to make any adjustments except add 10cm in length to the skirt. I made a size 12 with an A-cup (this is one of those convenient custom fit cup size patterns). I did muslin the pattern first in a cotton.

I love the neckline of this dress. I think it frames my broad shoulders nicely.

We went for a pre-dinner gin and tonic. Yum. The food at Cutler & Co. was delicious too, and I had a lot of fun dressing up and not getting Little M's paw prints all over my fancy dress! We didn't get home until midnight though - I have to say that since becoming a Mama I have no stamina for late nights at all. I was sooooo tired on Sunday!