She took way longer than I expected to complete, mostly because I didn’t have as much time to work on her as I wanted. The Ginger was pretty easy to put together, but again I struggled because I chose a fabric that looked the same on the right and wrong sides. I somehow managed to mix up what side was what for the waistband, which delayed construction a bit. I’m still not entirely sure that I got it right, but the skirt looks nice so I’m not going to worry about it anymore.
When I made up the muslin, the hips seemed a wee bit too tight, so I used a French curve to slightly grade out the hip area by borrowing from the inch seam allowance that I was using. When I tried on the skirt after it was all put together except for the hem, I thought the fit was pretty good. It seemed a tad too big, but I figured only I could tell because I saw it when it was a tad too tight. So I proceeded to hem the skirt. When I tried on the finished product, it was obviously too big. Instead of taking out the entire hem, I took out the hem around the side seams and then pinched in the excess from the side seams. I probably ended up taking out as much as I added in. Good times. I think the finished product looks pretty awesome!
And check out the inside, which looks just as pretty as the outside thanks to Mr. Nilsson.
Mr. Nilsson threw a wrench in things early on in the construction process when I accidentally broke one of his needles, didn’t realize it, and then continued to serge the front panel seam. When I went to press the seam open, I was puzzled as to why there were perfectly incremented pulls all of the way down the seam. Apparently that’s what a broken needle will do to chambray! Thankfully I had enough extra fabric to cut the two front panels again. I am so glad that I cashed in all of my credit card points to buy Mr. Nilsson.
The shirt that I had planned on wearing with the Ginger didn’t work out because its button-down front was a little bulky under the high waistband. I was forced to wear this white tank to work, but since it has spaghetti straps I had to wear a black cardigan over it. I must say that the Ginger is super comfortable. I survived a day at work without it feeling tight or restricting, including a long walk to eat lunch at Bobby's Burger Palace (I highly recommend the Crunchburger and a black and white milkshake if you find yourself in University City). I was surprised at how good the skirt looked after a full day of wear and train riding. I purposely didn't iron her before we took pictures when I got home from work and there was only mild wrinkling from sitting down. Bonus!
I definitely need to invest in a different top to go with this skirt. I’m just going to have to whip up a Pendrell! I’m thinking a sleeveless version this time (not to mention the correct size too). What color do you think I should use?
I’m thrilled that I've been finishing all of the projects that I’ve been working on. Next up is my Crescent skirt!