First FO of 2013! But before we get too excited, this is just a (wearable) muslin - I wanted to practise the front fly zipper insertion and check fit before I made it up again in some nicer fabric. And I wanted a version that I could test drive, so I used some passable (but cheapo) denim. There are some fitting issues that I need to sort out (and I'd really appreciate any thoughts/ideas you might have).
|(yikes - don't know why I look so cross! Perhaps because it's cold and grey and rainy. again.)|
(ps, a lot of the creasing you see is because of the cheapo denim and the fact that I was sitting in the car for a bit, before the photos)
So let's discuss the pattern before I talk about my fitting issues.
This is the Grainline Moss Mini skirt. I made View B (with the hem band), and added about 3.5" length to the skirt for a slightly longer version (next time, I'll take some of this added length off). For reference, I'm 5'10" tall, and my measurements are W 26.5", H 40.5". I had to merge sizes 6 - 10. The skirt sits below the natural waist.
What do I like about this pattern?I love this kind of skirt - I'm often drawn to similar RTW versions but have never found one that fits: if it fits around the hips and bum, it's usually too big around the waist. The Moss Mini is really well designed and comes together very quickly (if you don't put your zipper in the wrong way around, and don't get distracted by Xmas). This is my first attempt at the fly front zipper, and it really isn't difficult (especially if you follow the great tutorial by Jen at Grainline).
The front of the pocket gapes a bit - it isn't too much of a problem, but if I could fix that, I'd like to! Any ideas?
Also, the skirt is a tad too snug around the hips, and if you look at the side seam above, it doesn't hang perpendicular to the ground - it curves slightly forward. This, according to my fitting reference books, is due to "full thighs": ease intended for the back of the garment, is borrowed by the front, so the side seams swing forward (Fast Fit, Sandra Betzina). So I need to add some more ease to the front skirt pieces. Perhaps starting just above the blue arrow. What do you think?
And while the waistband fits quite comfortably, there is a bit of extra room in the tummy area - quite handy for big lunches and food-babies, but I'd quite like to reduce that slightly. I have no idea how to do this because of the pockets and fly front zipper, so would really appreciate your thoughts.
And to the back:
Truthfully, the wrinkle isn't quite as bad as that - I pinched it out so that you could see how much extra fabric is involved in the wrinkle. I think that this can mean only one thing: sway back adjustment. Do I just pinch that excess out of the pattern piece itself? And what about all the other wrinkles? Are they because of the full thighs borrowing ease?
So there you have it. It needs work, which I'm willing to invest because this is a great skirt, which can take you through the seasons in different fabrics.
So please help! and I promise not to look so cross in other photos.