The Nautical Ginger
Fabric: old couch slipcover leftovers from Mama Grand
Pattern: Colette Patterns Ginger Skirt
Notions: hook and eye, zipper, thread, lace for hem binding
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: today for pictures
Wear again: Yes x 1,000
Total Price: $16 (pattern)
Friends, I have been wanting to jump on the chevron bandwagon for a long time, so when Mama Grand gave me these lightweight upholstery remnants, I squealed with delight. Here was my chance to finally make the chevron Ginger skirt I have been longing for! Truthfully, it worked out very well – my stripes all lined up to my satisfaction and I was able to use a metal zipper that I had re-purposed from a refashioned skirt. My main issue with this project was entirely my fault. When I lined up the back pieces to be cut out, I forgot to take into account how they should be laid out in order to have chevrons appear on the side of the skirt, as well as the front and the back. Since I was out of fabric, I ended up sewing in the back pieces incorrectly on purpose. The back seam became the side seams, which has led to a small bit of puckering along the side seam, as well as a strange pulling across the front of the skirt.
I’ll definitely be wearing this skirt again, in spite of the fitting issues, but I don’t know if I’ll ever make this pattern up again. Rob and I both wondered why this skirt was not photographing well – it took about thirty pictures for me to finally decide I had something worthy of posting. We both settled on that high-waisted skirts may not be for me, as they bulk up my waistline enough to make my torso look rectangular, as opposed to hourglass/pear shaped. I’m willing to try again with a solid color fabric and see if the lack of decoration makes a difference.
Friends, do you wear high-waisted skirts? How do you make them work for you?