Grainline Moss (Not So) Mini Skirt: feeling a bit meh.
Hello Readers. Unless I really make a true wadder I feel I should share pretty much everything I sew with you; the good, the bad and the ugly. I am not sure where this skirt fits into those categories!
Earlier this week I printed off the Moss Mini skirt. Only mine is really not so mini. I lengthened the skirt by 3 inches and also added the band (from view B)…it hits me right on the knee, but I don’t know if next time around (if there is a next time) I should shorten/ make view A.
Overall, this is a great skirt pattern with some cute details…but I am just not sure if this is a great skirt pattern for me. I went down a size on the waist but it is still too big (I have just hidden the waist under my top). I probably need to come down at least another half size. I am also not so sure it is mega flattering (at least for me), from the side view. Maybe it’s the fabric contributing to that? (Sorry, I am not sharing a picture of my tummy in side profile with the world, but am prepared to share a bum shot:)
The fabric is this purpley cord. Its nice and warm, not too thick and wasn’t too expensive as this is really a wearable muslin. Some inside shots:
The Moss is a semi-fitted mini skirt that sits slightly below the natural waist and works up well in a variety of fabrics, from denim to wool and many fabrics in-between. Skirt features a fly front and button closure as well as a yoke at the back. If mini isn’t quite your style, just slice along the marked line to lengthen the skirt as you wish. The pattern also includes a hem band.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except mine is longer in length.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. They were good, and there is also a good tutorial online which shows the fly insertion with colour photographs if you find that easier.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Ok, honest opinion:
It does look very RTW with the back yoke, and if I overcame the sizing issue then I would probably love it more. It’s too big on the waistband (despite coming down a size), and I don’t know if I should perhaps go up slightly over the tummy/ hips to avoid bulging. But perhaps the cord fabric is contributing to this and different fabric might make me happier?
The waistband is not drafted correctly. In terms of length I mean. And it is not just me that has found this. There are at least 5 other bloggers who have said the same thing. It comes up short. Seriously short. Like more than 5 inches (at least in the size I cut). This was despite me cutting a size smaller on the waist of the skirt and a size bigger on the waistband. Just letting you know. Maybe it depends on which size you have cut as I don’t know if everyone has found this?
The instructions, although great, don’t tell you when and where to topstitch. A beginner may struggle with that. I found some great pics on the Grainline blog which show where Jen topstitched her original skirt.
A couple of the grainlines on the pattern are printed very close to the edge of the paper which means they may not be very accurate once you have taped the pattern together. They might have been better printed in the middle of the pattern piece. Likewise the 3 inch square which you use to make sure your pattern is scaled correctly is printed over 2 pages.
The seam allowances are 0.5 inch; wasn’t an issue for me because I overlocked all my edges, but it if you wanted to do flat fell seams then you may have to consider making the seam allowances larger.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the skirt by 3 inches. I am 5’3″ and with the band from view B it hits me right at my knee, but if I made this again I don’t know if I would shorten. I topstitched along the back yoke, the CB seam, the pockets, the CF seam, along the top of the hem band and along the waistband (rather than slipstitching by hand). I couldn’t get any topstitching thread in a suitable colour so used normal thread. I also put twill tape in along the pockets to avoid gaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again. Maybe in a denim with stretch. Yes, I would recommend it to others.
This is a great design, but I just don’t love it on me. Don’t let that put you off though! I think having another bash at this might make me feel better about the whole thing.