But look! Here's my Moss Mini v2!
Thanks so much to everyone who left comments and suggestions following my first version - so helpful! The skirt fits so much better, and is so comfortable!
I needed to grade from a 6 at the waist, to a 12 at the hips. This is usually quite straight forward and was no problem with the back pieces. However, the pockets made adjustments to the skirt front slightly less straightforward.
So what I did was trace and assemble (in paper) the front including pockets in a 12 and added the cutting lines for size 6, and graded the pieces that way (rather than grading them separately).
|the shaded bits are what I removed from the skirt front and pocket pieces|
Front, side and back views
And for the sake of comparison:
|L: first moss; R: second moss|
I think we can all agree that it's a much improved fit.
Going up to a size 12 at the hips resolved the pocket gaping (and one commenter helpfully reminded me that the pockets were designed to gape a bit, as they're intended to be functional and so need room for hands!), and it sorted out the massive wrinkle at my lower back.
Is it perfect? Well, no. There are some tiny wrinkles (and some extra space) at my lower back, and if I was being super fussy, I'd say the waist is a bit on the roomy side. But, it's nothing I can't live with, and I don't want to over fit it.
I'm definitely very pleased with how it's turned out.
The sums (for both V1 and V2)
Grainline Moss Mini skirt pattern: £5.40 ($8.50)
2m denim: £4 from a market stall
Buttons x 2: stash
Zips x 3: stash (I broke one during construction)
Total: £10.95 (for 2 skirts - not bad)
Will I make it again. Yes! I have some linen-type fabric in my stash, which would be perfect... should we ever see summer.
In other news...
Thanks for the recommendations on sewing machine repair shops. I'll be taking mine along to one on Deptford High Street (thanks Steph!), which isn't too far from me, and they're an official Janome repair shop - hoorah. But this means I'll be without my machine for the Easter hols! :( And that means I'll be late starting the Archer sew along. *big sad face*
Have a lovely weekend all!