Hi! I'm Sarah Smith and I'm soooo pleased and, admittedly, a tad overexcited to share with you my first make as part of Minerva Craft’s Blogger Network. I'm scheduled to post here on the second Monday of each month and I’m thrilled to bring in the New Year with this make! I can also be found over at my own blog Sew Sarah Smith and I'm very active on Instagram.

Last year I made the ‘grown up’ commitment to focus on sewing everyday wardrobe essentials; garments that are easy to coordinate and will therefore get a lot of wear. The Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio absolutely fulfils this brief. We've all had a skirt like this in our wardrobe at one time or another; that one skirt that we've kept and wore for years because it's stylish yet comfortable and, dare I say it, practical. 

The Moss Skirt Sewing Pattern has two Views, both designed to sit at the lower natural waistline.  

It is semi-fitted and can be sewn up as either an outright mini skirt (View A) or, with the addition of a faced hem band, finishing up just above the knee (View B). It also features front pockets, a back yoke piece and a fly zip.

Grainline class this as an Intermediate pattern. If you’re put off by that then, please, don't be. I think this label refers mainly to the construction of the fly zip. Let me tell you, if you haven't sewn one in before, it's a lot easier than you might think! Typical of indie sewing patterns in general is the clarity of the instructions and, with an additional online tutorial, I found the zip insertion a straightforward process. This in no way diminished my joy at the finished article! Just look at this beauty!

There are enough interesting design elements and sewing techniques involved in this pattern to make it an engaging sew, e.g. the waistband and optional hem band are both faced and there is the addition of a back yoke for shaping. I particularly like the way the front pockets are designed; they connect at the side seams and the centre front seam. This has the benefit of ensuring the pockets lay flat with the added advantage of acting a bit like a tummy stay, holding everything in place! Now who doesn't want that?!

I chose to make it up in this gorgeous chocolate brown Corduroy Fabric. Minerva have now unfortunately sold out of the brown I used, but there are lots of other colours you can choose from. It's 16 wale, meaning a fine needlecord, which I thought would be perfect for this skirt. I pre-washed it and took some basic yet fundamental care whilst using it; pressing on the reverse side only and with a fluffy towel underneath to avoid crushing the pile. It cut out and sewed up like a dream, a really easy fabric to work with. I also kept an off-cut of the fabric to use to revive the fabrics’ pile and which I keep in the skirt’s pocket. (Yes, I am that person!) I used a Universal needle (80) and a regular length stitch throughout.

Apart from the topstitching; topstitching has become my new favourite thing! The pattern doesn't go into topstitching but it works so well with this pattern. I used Thicker Topstitching Thread in a matching colour with a topstitching needle and a slightly longer stitch length. I stitched in two rows at centre front, centre back, underneath the yoke and around the hem band. I stitched in one row top and bottom of the waistband and at the pocket openings. Not only does this add additional interest to the skirt but it is functional as well, keeping those seams on the inside of the garment laying nice and flat. 

In fact topstitching is just one of the ways you can personalise this pattern. On future versions I'm planning to add back patch pockets with a nice topstitched design and possibly belt loops at the waistband.  I'll definitely be making it again in different colour ways of the same fabric; it has washed and worn really well and have you seen the gorgeous array of colours it comes in?! I've got it in Stone already, waiting to be cut out, and I'm eyeballing the Khaki and the Mink looks gorgeous! I also think this would be great sewn up in a denim.

I decided to use a Skirt Hook and Bar to fasten the waistband rather than a button which gives a clean look but a Jeans Button would also look great. I think it's a classic pairing with another Grainline pattern, the Linden sweatshirt (if you want to read my thoughts on that you'll find it over on my own blog Sew Sarah Smith soon. 

I'm really pleased how this skirt turned out and I had a total blast making it, so huge thanks to Minerva for supplying the pattern, fabric, zip and matching thread and, of course, to you for reading! ;-)

Sarah x