I heart Colette GingerPosted: July 9, 2012
My copy of the Colette Ginger skirt FINALLY arrived last week and I immediately got out my scissors and started cutting! Super excited! I wanted to make the second version with the country-esque waist line in a dark denim. I love denim skirts but my favorite one is so worn that a hole has started growing in the rear. Not a good look, time to upgrade! I really wanted this one to be a cowgirl skirt, which really motivates me to find some awesome cowgirl boots to wear with it. That will be another endeavor…
Funny enough yesterday I read fellow blogger Kim’s post about adjusting an existing pattern to mimic the waistband effect of the ginger skirt. Her’s turned out super cute, AND it had pockets! The ginger skirt doesn’t include pockets but I really felt that these were needed especially in a jean skirt. I have seen this tutorial that other bloggers (like Lauren’s awesome version) have used to make scalloped pockets and I just loved the look of it so much that I followed the directions step by step and shamefully copied her design. Whatever, copying is the sincerest form of flattery!
To start I needed to draft my pockets. I didn’t have any tracing paper or fancy transfer paper so I went into the cupboards to see what I could make do with. What did I find? Parchment paper! Honestly this is probably the first time it has seen the sunlight outside our cabinet in a looong time, cuz this sista don’t bake!
I traced the outer edge of my front skirt pattern piece and drew in my seam allowance.
Next, I drew the scallops for the pockets. I tried to measure these out proportionately with the tutorial since hers were so symmetrical.
Then I drew in my pocket depth. I made my pockets pretty deep, you know- for all my money honey 😉
Next I used another piece of parchement paper and copied the outline of the pocket but extended the upper corner to make a big rectangle, this is the hip piece.
Then using anther sheet of paper I traced the pocket piece to make the facings.
And that’s it, just two extra pattern pieces to cut out. I followed the rest of the tutorial which was very clear and easy to follow. The only other change I made to the skirt was narrowing the hemline about 2 inches because I have a short waist. I also used a jeans zipper instead of an invisible one, I think the metal looks cool exposed.
I LOOOVE this skirt, I am already anticipating another one. The ginger skirt population in my closet could soon get very out of hand!