I heart Colette Ginger

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 ūüėČ

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!

 

 

 

 

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