Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ginger Skirt, Take Three

First of all, thank you to everyone who commented on my last post, and made me feel so much better about ditching (at least for now) the work-in-progress I was wrestling with - you were all absolutely right! A week of knitting instead has been just what I needed; my tunic is almost done done AND I'm getting excited about sewing again. :) I have a couple of refashions planned that I'm hoping to get done over the school holiday's hoping, anyhow!

In the meanwhile, I thought I'd post my third version of Colette Patterns' Ginger Skirt. This is the chevron stripe version, view 3 I think. I really meant this to be a muslin, just to get some practice in working with stripes, but commandeered it into service during MMM simply because my options were so limited. And as it happened, this skirt was one of the most commented on / favourited of all my Flickr posts. Go figure!

Here 'tis:

It's quite a heavy cotton (I want to say twill, but I'm not sure...), but very soft, and not stiff at all. It's hard to tell from the above photos, but the stripes are fairly intricate; red, white, yellow and aqua, in varying widths - very good practice for stripe-matching! And I'm pretty happy with the job I did on that score:

I added pockets to the side seams, using a navy poplin - nothing fancy or exciting. One thing I should have done was sew some stay tape or similar into the pocket section - because the side seams are already cut on the diagonal I have a feeling that over time that part is going to stretch out of shape. Especially since I can't seem to keep my hands out of pockets if I have them. I'll know that for next time!

But there is one other thing I'd love some advice on - the side seams. Now, I thought I'd cut the fabric out according to the pattern piece directions, and the stripes on the front and back seams align very nicely. But why (why??) do the side seams look like this??

It didn't matter how I pinned or manipulated those pieces, they simply wouldn't match up. Is this normal? Should the side seams align properly also? Or does the angle of the A line skirt make that impossible? I'm stumped and I can't work it out!

Does anyone know of an online tutorial on this? The ones I looked at (and admittedly, I didn't look very hard...) were all focused on matching up the front or back seams. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! I can't fix this one, being out of fabric, but I'd really like any future versions to be better than this.

In the meanwhile, have a wonderful week :)

Danielle oxo


  1. I think the stripes don't match because the stripes are printed on the fabric instead of been woven into the fabric.

    When stripes are printed there can be a small bias which makes matching them impossible.

    At least, that is wat my sewing teacher told me :)

    It looks beautiful anyway!

    1. I hadn't heard that, that's really helpful to know - thanks! (Nice to know it wasn't entirely incompetence on my part...) I must remember that :)

  2. I have no idea, sorry! But it is a very pretty skirt. I love the colours in the fabric!

    1. I really liked them too - and even though it was only going to be a 'practice' one, I admit I was secretly hoping it would be wearable!

  3. Your skirt is gorgeous! The matching on the stripes is amazing. I have vaguely intended to make a Ginger like this for a while, but I don't had any stripy fabric just yet. I can see that this would be a great skirt for the winter.

    Re the stripes on the side seams, I remembered reading about just this somewhere, had a think about it, and remembered it was on Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch's Ginger Sew-a-long. Here's the link

    1. Fantastic! I'll definitely check that one out. Thanks for passing that on, I really appreciate it! :)