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Denim Colette Ginger skirt

Colette Ginger
Colette Ginger
Colette Ginger

This is the thing I sewed that’s not an onyx I posted about the other day – a Colette ginger skirt. It was a bit of an impulse buy when they had the 20% off promotion that they did for some of their old patterns.

It wasn’t an unmitigated success, though through no fault of Colette. I sized this according to the smallest part of my waist, which is now quite high. I was aware of that, but have had to size down from my measurements when I made the Violet blouse in the past, so I thought it would be OK. Then as soon as I cut the waistband I started to panic, thinking I wasn’t even going to be able to do it up at all! It turned out to not be as bad as that, I can get it closed without holding my breath, but it does sit VERY high, which I don’t like at all. It created a bit of a whoa, boobs! effect from the front. And it looks frankly ridiculous from the side, I took a picture but too vain to show it. I tucked the top in to show the shape here, but in future I’m always going to wear it with something on top.

I’ve started making a second version of this in the next size up so hopefully that will sit a bit lower. As usual, Colette have massively overestimated fabric requirements so I actually have enough of this denim left for another skirt, so once I have the size figured out I’ll use that.

The other thing about this skirt is that I needed 4 needles and two zips to make it (this is after already losing the first zip). The problem, which I eventually worked out was that I have the wrong invisible zipper foot. John Lewis only had one Janome one, so I bought it, but it turns out there are two types, and mine is the wrong one. It’s for horizontal rotary machines which for unknown reasons have the needle slightly to the left of the middle of the foot, unlike mine where it’s straight in the middle. So when you stick a horizontal rotary one in a vertical machine, the needle goes into the actual zip. I ruined the first zip and had to handsew quite a bit of the second one, though really it’s a miracle I even managed to sew it in at all. £15 wasted and lesson learnt, do your research before buying anything!

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  • Naomi 6 November 2015, 5:29 pm

    Auf den ersten Blick fand ich bzw. finde immer noch, dass der Rock an sich ganz gut sitzt und auch insgesamt die Proportionen ziemlich harmonisch sind. Nachdem ich deinen Text gelesen habe, kann ich mir ungefähr vorstellen, was dich stört – nicht alles, was für andere von außen gut aussieht, fühlt sich ja beim Tragen auch so an. In jedem Fall bin ich gespannt auf die zweite Version und ob es damit besser ist. Den Schnitt an sich finde ich nämlich super hübsch.
    Liebe Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende!
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  • Joyce 7 November 2015, 7:42 am

    Hi Franca, I love your skirt! I’ve been thinking of making a denim skirt but I think I’ll have to tackle making a pair of jeans first through necessity. I’ve got a Janome sewing machine and found out there are 4 possible types of feet for Janome machines. use your mobile phone to take a photo of your sewing machine minus its foot, and go along to David Drummond at Haymarket. He’ll get you sorted out with the correct one. My machine is a Category A for feet. Good luck!
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    • Franca 22 November 2015, 8:04 pm

      Now you really have me worried! I’d already bought another foot (cheapo generic one) by the time you commented, so fingers crossed. Am currently back to sewing zipless tops, but will find out soon!

  • Mother of Reinvention 8 November 2015, 11:53 am

    Love your skirt. I think that it looks great on you and your shoes! They are totally rocking’. Have you tried eBay for generic feet? If you have clip-ons you can buy generics for £2-3 a go. I have loads now and they work just the same. Xx
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    • Franca 22 November 2015, 8:02 pm

      Yup, I’ve bought a generic one now. Haven’t tried it yet mind, and now a little worried in light of Joyce’s comment!