This is the second "slow sewing" project I finished recently a(nother) denim skirt, this time from the Grainline Moss pattern. It was my first time using a Grainline pattern and the first time I have sewn a zip fly. I was a bit nervous about the fly, because although I can usually visualise how things will come together in 3D okay, I've never really understood how zip flys work. Even though I wear garments that have them all the time, and I watched the episode of the Great British Sewing Bee with a cool graphic that demonstrates how they fit together, I was still baffled. But I had read on other sewing blogs that the Grainline Fly Tutorial was excellent and it really is - I just followed the instructions and - ta da - a perfectly unwonky first attempt.
I made it from stretch Japanese denim from Tessuti. My one and only gripe about this pattern is that it doesn't adjust the fabric requirements based on size (and the pattern runs from size 0 to 18, which is a huge range). So for the shorter skirt it says 1 1/8 yards, and for the longer version it says 1 3/4 yards of 45" wide fabric, which seemed like much too much for a pencil skirt. I made a size 6 out of 70cm of fabric, and just had to cut the waistband lining out of a contrast fabric - although I most likely would have done that anyway so as to not be sewing through as many layers of denim. I made View A and added 10cm to the length of the front and back pieces so I could chase small children without worrying about flashing passers by.
I am really happy with the fit and the way this came together - I made a size 6 based on my measurements, and it fits perfectly. Such a nice change to have that work, unlike the big commercial patterns which seem to bear no relationship to the body measurements they give. It doesn't gape at the back waist, or ride up when I walk, or twist around - I can forget I am wearing it, which I think is the best test of clothing comfort. And the pockets are great, it says in the pattern instructions that they're designed in such a way that you can fit your hand in them, and it really works.
I made this to fill a gap in my wardrobe, which is unusually sensible for me - I'm more often seduced by a pretty fabric or interesting-looking pattern, rather than thinking about what I actually need - but as I mentioned here I wanted a fitted denim skirt that I could wear with longer and looser tops, and this fits the bill. I actually tried to buy a skirt like this before Christmas, but couldn't fnd one in the shops, so it is extra satisfying to be able to make my own - and I think pattern + zip + topstitching thread + denim came to about $30, so for once I can actually feel frugal about sewing, too.