Hot! The “Oh Heather” Skirt

I’m not going to lie to you and say I don’t have a stash because we all know that I do but I don’t tend to have VIP fabrics.  Usually, if something hangs out in my stash for a while its not because its so nice that I can’t bear to cut it but that I have no idea what to use it for.  That was the case with this lovely Heather Ross fabric.  I ordered 3 yards with plans to make a blouse but its more of a bottom weight fabric.  I considered making a dress, a jacket, and even shorts but couldn’t decide.  I settled on the Colette Ginger skirt.  I think I like the results but it ended up being a bumpier road than I had hoped.

If I’m going to continue to be honest I have to tell you that I have only had mixed success with Colette patterns.  They seem to be designed for women with a very different body type then mine.  I thought this one would be fine since my measurements fell nicely between the 10 and 12 and I decided to make the 12.  I’m not sure what went wrong from this point.  It seemed fine before I put the waist band on, it seemed fine when I put the zipper in, but then when I put it completely together and put it on there was this funny riding up wrinkly problem in the front.  I wanted to cry.  I cursed myself for not making a muslin.  Then I thought about Tim Gunn and decided to “make it work”.  I’m not sure if your supposed to fix things this way or not but I ended up taking a tuck out of the front that was about an in deep in the middle tapering to nothing at the side seams.  Here’s a picture of the inside at the waist if you want to see my fix.  Any suggestions on how to fit the pattern for the future would be appreciated.  I want to love this one but I’m not sure what to do next.

Fabric: Heather Ross Far Far Away 2  I had 3 yards but only used about 2

Pattern: Colette Ginger

Year: modern

Notions: invisible zipper, interfacing

Time to Complete: 3 Hours

First worn: Friday, here and there

Wear again? Probably, I need to get used to the high waist.

Total Price: $22 for fabric plus a few for the zipper



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Very cute! I would have never guessed that you had problems with it. You definitely made it work! Lovely photo-shoot by the water.

  2. Looks great in the pictures, pink is a great color on you. I haven’t tried any Colette patterns but among the sew weekly post I have read their fit can be a challenge. I would email Colette patterns and see how their customer service goes.

    • I hadn’t thought of emailing them. That’s a great idea. I really like the look of the skirt. I’d love to figure it out and make more.

    • Their customer service is great — I had a problem over the weekend with a pattern and they answered my question, and it helped me a lot. I love them and I LOVE THIS SKIRT ON YOU!

  3. I think the skirt looks great. It’s a fun print too – great job this week!

  4. I have to do a similar adjustment on most skirt and trouser patterns. I always wondered why RTW trousers had so much extra buldging fabric on the front, until I read in a tailoring text about forward tilting and backward tilting waist adjustments. It’s usually just a matter to doing exactly what you did before you sew the waistband: pinch a wedge out of the centre front, tapering to nothing at the sides.
    Looks great!

  5. I think you did great with the improvisational fix. It’s always best to make a muslin of a new pattern (just like your instincts told you) to work out fitting issues AND to get the hang of how its constructed.

    If the riding up was really due to a fitting issue (a muslin will confirm), then your tuck and taper to zero technique may not have been too far off…almost as if you made a sway back adjustment for your front! Your center front needed more width and length and thus caused the fabric to ride up to where the garment had the right amount of room. But, looking at your figure (all slim and lovely), I doubt you need to make a beer belly adjustment. I’d say make another muslin without the waistband, stitch along the waistline and try it on again to see if the ride-up wrinkles resurface. If they do, you may need to employ a bit of slashing and spreading for a full tummy adjustment (a google search will bring up examples)…however, I seriously doubt that’s what your wrinkles were about.

  6. I love that fabric as a Ginger! Great pairing.

  7. Thanks so much for the advice. I’ll try a a muslin and play around with it a bit. I actually do carry weight in my tummy so that is likely the problem. I just hide it reasonably well most of the time.

    • You do hide it well. Though, I think most of us over 30 have a pooch to contend with. Have fun tweaking the pattern…once you get it just right, I can see you sewing up several more Gingers.

  8. It looks lovely paired with that blouse! The fabric is divine :)

  9. I quite like this skirt pattern as a friend (who is a very different shape to me) and I both made this skirt and I worked for both of us. The tweaks have worked well and the pink is a lovely and refreshing colour and I’m surprised your daughter didn’t try to claim it.

  10. That fabric is adorable, great job!