grainline moss skirt. in moss.

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Pattern:  Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio

Fabric:  vintage US military wool, $5 because of moth holes, from The Knittn’ Kitten in Portland, OR (this store is AWESOME.)  There was enough fabric that I was able to work around the moth holes.

What can I tell you about this skirt?  I cut a 6 because I thought my measurements matched perfectly but it’s a little snug – the fabric is stretchy, so I guess it works… (the general public may be offended though).

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I did not hem the bottom because I like the unfinished look, and I am too tall to have a too-short mini skirt, but it’s starting to fray so I might do a small hem.  I wasn’t sure how to finish the seams because it’s way too bulky for french seams, so I ironed them flat and stitched about 1/8″ on each side of the seam – I really like how it looks on the outside actually.

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I learned a lot on this one – this was my first time making a fly front zipper and although I screwed it up a few times, I enjoyed making it.  I had never done pockets this way before either.  However, since the fabric is bulky, it’s a little unsightly from the profile….

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Finally, one of my favorite parts of this skirt is the “US” stamp I positioned in the bottom left corner – another reason I don’t want to hem it.

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The back waistband does gape a little like other sewists have found, but other than that, as usual, this is a great Grainline pattern – I love her patterns and I love her blog!

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11 thoughts on “grainline moss skirt. in moss.

  1. Very cool fabric!! If you want to hem it but not shorten it you could sew a strip to the bottom at 1/8″ or 1/4″, turn and fold under the raw edge + stitch (sounds way more complicated than it is when written). That way you only lose very little length :)

    1. Thanks! Yeah I was pretty excited to find it, even though it made my luggage a tight squeeze flying back from Portland! You know, you have the best ideas, I totally get what you’re saying. I wonder if I could even finagle it with the other half of the “US” stamp, although some of it would be in the seam allowance.

  2. I wonder if you could use that anti-fray stuff in a tube? Sorry, can’t remember what exactly it is called and have never used the stuff myself (but people seem to love it)! I really like the unfinished look you’ve got here. Skirt turned out great! Not offensively snug at all. ;)

    1. Fray check! (I think) That’s a good idea! I wonder if it makes it stiff or if the fabric stays the same. Either way, that’s a really good idea to try. Thank you! (And I’m glad I’m not offending anybody!)

  3. I love it, and particularly the US bit. You could also just sew a line of straight stitching just in from the edge so that the fraying stops and doesn’t go any further. I’ve done that a few times. I just bought the Moss pattern and was looking at the Flickr group for fabric inspiration – thanks! :-)

    1. Thank you! These are all really good suggestions! Now I need to actually go ahead and DO something with them :) Good luck with your moss skirt!

      1. Does your machine have any decorative stitches? You could use those on the edges or two parallel rows of zigzag stitches to stop fraying. Still working on my muslin. Argggh…

      2. My machine is pretty basic, but I could do a zigzag. Is the pattern still giving you a lot of problems? I had some of the back gaping issues you had too – I mostly just wear it with shirt/sweaters layered over it and try to ignore it!

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