The Colette Ginger


I’ve seen so many great versions of this skirt in the blogosphere that I’ve been itching to try it for myself. I chose version 2 as I loved the curved band detail at the waist and bought this lovely chambray material from Leon’s in Chorlton.

The main body of this pattern came together really easily, which made me almost wish I’d attempted this before my belovedย Charlotte,ย but then I’d hate to be disloyal to my most used pattern yet. Think this might end up giving it a run for its money though…

The zip went in easily, and looked incredibly neat. Too neat in fact! I managed to machine sew the waistband too close and couldn’t actually pull the zip up. Slightly annoying, but this was pretty easily remedied by unpicking, moving the waistband back a little, and then hand sewing it back.

The waistband itself, however, proved a bit trickier. Part of the reason for starting this blog was to force myself to slow down, but I’m afraid my natural impatience got the better of me. In my haste I somehow must have attached the waistband the wrong way round (or up, not even fully sure now) so that I had to just hem the notched edge down, leaving it totally exposed on the inside. So it’s pretty darn messy inside, luckily no one else will see it. Not sure if you can see from the attached photos, but I also snipped a little too close to the edge, so that the central v has a slight nick to it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Because the material’s pretty stiff I think I might just get away with it for a while, but I’m not sure this is going to survive too much wear. I didn’t spend too much on the material so I think sometimes as a beginner, although it’s pretty annoying, you just have to pause, acknowledge your mistake and move on. Sigh…

I’ve since made another of these in navy linen and thankfully with a little more care, the waistband attached just fine. Phew!


11 thoughts on “The Colette Ginger

  1. I have 3 Gingers in my wardrobe all waiting for the weather to warm up. They are also waiting for me to make suitable tops to go with them as I always seem to make patterned clothes none of which go together! I am still learning – & failing – to sew what I need not what I fancy. Your Ginger looks great and useful and I will remember it next time I am looking at skirt fabric.

    • I think it’s a real skill matching what you fancy sewing to what you actually need, I’m getting there slowly! MMMay definitely helping identify plenty of gaps. Will look out for your Gingers too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I really like this look with the stripey top and blue Ginger skirt. I think I’ve figured out why your blog name has navy blue in it – you ๐Ÿ’™ the colour ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

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