Apologies if my title’s misled you into anticipating a yummy recipe, but what I’ve sewn up is pretty delicious too!
I’ve been so impressed by the many fabulous versions of Colette’s Ginger on the blogsphere that I finally decided to give it a go in a rich, aubergine cotton, ideal for autumn/winter. I had high hopes for this sweet Colette pattern from the start and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
This was my second ever experience using a Colette pattern - after my beloved Sorbettos here and here – and I can see the Ginger skirt fast becoming a year-round staple of mine. The instructions were a delight to follow and the construction process was so simple that I almost felt guilty!
It’s so nice to have a garment that looks as pretty on the inside as it does on the outside
A little word of warning though, I cut out a US size 8 (UK 12) and it was surprisingly spot on. However, I’m glad I took the time to make a muslin, because I discovered that in order for the waistband to match up with the skirt pieces, I had to cut it two sizes larger than the skirt pieces. Did anyone else come across this problem, or is it just me?
I did also experience quite a big hiccup, all because my short torso/waist is best suited to lower waistbands. So as usual I chopped a good inch off the top of the waistband pieces, but this seemingly minor alteration brought up a problem I’ve encountered before with my Crescent Skirt. Shortening a waistband alters where the skirt sits on me and I always end up with a gaping waist.
No one likes a saggy waistband...so unflattering!
Of course I only discovered this after I handpicked my zip (as I decided against an invisible zip for this version) and finished my waistband, which almost broke me. Talk about making a mountain out of a simple project like that Ginger Skirt! I’m so glad I took the time to fix it though - I didn’t bother with my Crescent Skirt and I ended up giving it to my mum! So I begrudgingly unpicked the zip and waistband and took the back waistband in by 5/8” (1.5cm) on either side. The trickiest bit was blending the waistband changes into the back seam, but it seems to have worked!
Much better and snugger fit now, no?
Pardon the miserable expression, I wasn't feeling miserable, honest!
I kept my first Ginger skirt nice and simple, as I wanted a versatile and comfy look for work. Fear not though, for I already have a western-style denim version cut out, thanks to another one of Casey’s expert tutorials.
Ginger, I think I love you!