Arietty is Tasting Ginger

Having a somewhat stubborn streak, I have been avoiding buying the Ginger pattern from Colette because it is, to quote myself: “Just a simple a-line skirt”.

But what if it is the perfect a-line skirt, Roo? And all those hours you have wasted trying to adjust your Clothkits Ruby skirt to make it actually stay up (without safety-pins attached to your tights) could be wiped out by starting again with this pattern. Just rip the skirt apart and re-cut. Go on. Do it! And add a black waistband while you are at it!

I have seen some fab Gingers out in blogland. Jane’s denim version was the deciding factor. The firmness of her chosen fabric really shows off the shape. It is not “just an a-line”, it is a slightly belled shape, and that is what I need. It has to come in a bit at the knee or else I look like Arietty from The Borrowers (P.S. Have you seen? Studio Ghibli has made a film! I can’t wait!)

My love of the a-line ended abruptly when I made a triangular clown-skirt, here. Ugh. It looked much worse in real life. I need to get over my irrational fear of what ought to be a streamlined wardrobe staple.

In the long term, I want to make an orange babycord or wool Ginger, to wear with Betty Jean. I might add piping at the waist, using this tutorial.

And I want to make a chevron-striped version like Sarah Gabbart. And there is some lovely navy ditsy-print drill at Ditto Fabrics which would look wonderfully 1970’s in this style.

But for my first experiment I am “shopping the stash”. By the time you read this, I hope to be glued to my sewing machine somewhere on the wild west coast, running up the perfect Gingery treat, occasionally glancing out of the window at the sea. I’ll show you what happens when I get back!

P.S. Dear Mr Burglar, If you read this and are planning to break into my house while I am away on holiday… I really wouldn’t bother. My sewing machine is the most valuable thing we own and it is here with me. The TV? You are welcome to take it: it is very old and very small. And anyway… by the time you find our house, you will have used up a tank of petrol: Sat Nav doesn’t work with our post-code. So, enjoy the view and pick a courgette if you wish. Just don’t make a mess, will you? Thanks. Roobeedoo.

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