Italian Printed Denim Mini Skirt

G’day! I guess that is what you might expect someone to say from ‘Down Under’ Australia.

I’m Lizzy of Sew Busy Lizzy, one of the new Mood Sewing Network bloggers.

The Italian Moss Mini!

The Italian Moss Mini!

I can’t tell you how delighted I was to be asked by Mood Fabrics NYC to be part of their Mood Sewing Network. So many bloggers I have followed and admired since I started blogging are part of this network. In fact I’m so enamoured of Mood Fabrics it was already on my travel plans for 2014! Yes I will be in NY in October this year – I can’t wait!

I can’t tell you how I agonised over my first Mood make. I felt I needed to be fancy, extravagant, couture and all sorts of things… then a sewing blogging friend said that perhaps I was asked because I had a distinctive style, perhaps Mood just wanted me to be ‘me’. Suddenly it all became easy.

Mood has so many fabulous fabrics… the range feels endless. Fabulous fabrics destined to be ‘fashion’ makes ­- fabulous individual creations, the very reason why we all love to sew.  I really wanted my first Mood make to sum up ‘my style’… in extraordinary fabric… something I couldn’t obtain elsewhere…

So denim it was. Not just any denim but Italian denim… printed with bronze damask print… I fell in love with this Italian Printed Denim. I love the slight grunge style of the print. It’s decadent but not quite perfect, it’s not gold but bronze.

Italian printed denim from Mood Fabrics NYC

A bronze damask print sits atop this black Italian denim. Medium-weight with a stiffer drape.

I’ve often read about how metallic denims lose their lustre or print in the wash… me being me decided to take the most direct route when preparing this fabric for sewing. I threw it in the washing machine on a ‘normal’ cycle, hung it up to dry… and guess what? The world didn’t end.

And then I sewed… a Grainline Moss Mini. while some might argue that a simpler pattern might have sufficed with this print, I love the fact this fabric gives this simple yet classic fly-front skirt design a rockstar makeover.

My First Mood Sewing Network Make - a mini!

My First Mood Sewing Network Make – a mini!

I’ve found this pattern wants to sit low-slung hipster-style on me – which delivers the look I was after and suits the edgy nature of the fabric.

Grainline Moss Mini Skirt for the Mood Sewing Network in Italian printed denim by Sew Busy Lizzy

Italian Printed Denim Mini – I love how this skirt is so RTW & designer looking – complete with slash side pockets and back yoke pieces.

Grainline Moss Mini Skirt for the Mood Sewing Network in Italian printed denim by Sew Busy Lizzy

I love this fit across my back in this skirt – most of all… I just LOVE this fabric

Just a few tips when sewing with this fabric… a fairly significant part of the selvedge is not printed – so I decided to trace around the pattern pieces with tailor’s chalk on the right side to avoid running pieces onto the non-printed section. I’m that girl who is guilty of squeezing every inch out of her fabric. So I traced each piece carefully. While it takes a little longer it’s easier to pattern match and you will make the most of your yardage.

Tracing out the pattern Moss Mini pieces

Tracing out the pattern Moss Mini pieces – I found it impossible to perfectly pattern match every seam due to the large scale of the print – regardless I’m delighted with the over-all look.

This fabric did not bother my Bernina sewing machine at all and I used a denim needle. Likewise my Brother overlocker had no issue with the fabric. While the drape is stiff, the fabric itself is not overwhelmingly heavy.

I did quite a bit of top stitching which finishes the skirt beautifully by holding down the seam allowances and adding a professional finish. Fabric that is this glorious deserves a good finish. I’ve rather proud of its innards too.

Grainline Moss Mini Skirt for the Mood Sewing Network in Italian printed denim by Sew Busy Lizzy

Italian Printed Denim Mini – the insides

I couldn’t find a bronze button that perfectly matched so I finished the waistband with a heavy trouser hook & bar from my stash. I also chose to use a metal jeans zip from my stash as it adds to the ready-to-wear finish of the garment.

Grainline Moss Mini Skirt for the Mood Sewing Network in Italian printed denim by Sew Busy Lizzy

Grainline Moss Mini – jeans zipper fly front

We are hitting autumn in my part of the world – it never gets truly cold in my beautiful seaside Port Macquarie, Australia. I’m often barefoot on the beach in winter and we never see a frost. Seriously. However the days are getting shorter and it was a race against sunset to take these pictures after work. I love how the fading evening light really brings out the amazing metallic print of this fabric. A little bit rockstar!

Thank you Mood Fabrics… I’ve got a mini skirt my non-sewing friends are lusting after!

Grainline Moss Mini Skirt for the Mood Sewing Network in Italian printed denim by Sew Busy Lizzy

Love this with my new ankle boots!

The good news… I think I’ve got enough for a fitted dress or a high waisted skirt… watch this space…

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    April 9, 2014

    super freaking sexy and SO beautifully executed!!

    • Elizabeth Brennan
      April 9, 2014

      Thank you! Had so much fun making this one… even more fun wearing it!

  • Ginger
    April 9, 2014

    This is so hot! I love it! Your beach pics seriously kill me…

    • Elizabeth Brennan
      April 9, 2014

      :-) it will kill you to know that these were taken at the end of the main street – about a block from where I work… it’s the riverfront. I know, terrible place…

  • Lori
    April 9, 2014

    Fabulous skirt, you look wonderful and such amazing pictures. I have admired this fabric, you made the perfect garment to highlight the fabric.

    • Elizabeth Brennan
      April 9, 2014

      Thanks so much Lori, I confess I spent hours looking at the fabric and agonised between a dress, pencil skirt, jeans and then suddenly it just had to be a mini!

  • carolyn roemer
    April 9, 2014

    Welcome Aussie, I enjoyed your whole presentation. I really like to see construction details with photos, and your reason for using them. Thanks. Carolyn

    • Elizabeth Brennan
      April 9, 2014

      Thank you Carolyn – I try to put in useful information and I admit to being very proud of the neatness of the insides of this one!

  • Manju
    April 9, 2014

    Congrats lizzie. Great opening project!

  • Amanda S.
    April 9, 2014

    Gorgeous skirt! It makes your legs look miles long.

    • Elizabeth Brennan
      April 9, 2014

      That’s excellent news – because they certainly aren’t a mile long but I can live with it if they look like it!

  • Cennetta
    April 9, 2014

    Hi Lizzy,
    Love the skirt. Isn’t it great being part of the Mood sewing Network!
    Cennetta

  • DebB
    April 9, 2014

    Fabulous skirt! Congratulations on a wonderful first project for the Mood Sewing Network. You look amazing in that outfit.

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      I love dressing up my makes – it is almost as much fun as making them!

  • liza jane
    April 9, 2014

    Gorgeous! That fabric really is something special. Perfect for a mini skirt.

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      It’s OTT but not too much in a punchy little skirt with cool boots. Thanks LJ

  • Velosewer
    April 9, 2014

    Great fabric choice Lizzy. It’s such a gorgeous print.

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      I spotted it ages ago so I was delighted when I finally got my hands on some meterage!

  • Erin
    April 9, 2014

    I love how you decided that Mood chose you to be yourself . . . and you decided to sew something that is exactly you. The skirt is beautiful and so are you! I’m ordering that fabric right now and making a skirt.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Erin B

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      Now that’s what I like to hear – enjoy!

  • Skye
    April 10, 2014

    Always love reading your blog. Hand printed demin is the
    next big thing. The skirt looks amazing! Certainly an upgrade from the plain old denim fabric. Looking forward to your next post..

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      Hand printed denim… now that sounds fabulous

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 10, 2014

    Welcome, Lizzy! That is one fine skirt :) Love it

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      It’s lovely to be here Sarah – looking forward to lots more sewing!

  • Sallie
    April 10, 2014

    Gorgeous! I love the moss mini skirt – such an effortlessly sexy pattern! Well done!

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      I confess I did check out yours while considering what to make! :-)

  • Peter
    April 10, 2014

    Welcome, Lizzy. Beautiful skirt — love the damask print!

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 10, 2014

      Hello Peter *waves*
      I’ve never worn damask… but I think I’m a convert!

  • Kimberly
    April 10, 2014

    Oh Yeah Lizzy! That’s the skirt!!! Welcome. Cannot wait to see more.

  • Fiona
    April 10, 2014

    Gorgeous first project Lizzy! The style of both the skirt and fabric suit you so well, genius pairing of fabric and pattern!

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 13, 2014

      I was nervous after seeing your first project – which was so gorgeous!

  • Liz
    April 11, 2014

    How fierce do you look in that last picture? Awesome!!
    That fabric is amazing and totally works for this skirt – I love that it is so perfectly you :)

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 13, 2014

      Thanks so much Lizzie – I did get rather obsessive and fretty about it – however I ended up trusting my instincts and it worked out.

  • Cissie
    April 12, 2014

    You look awesome in that skirt! I’ve used this great fabric before — but really love it as a mini-skirt. Wish I were younger!!

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 13, 2014

      It’s really marvellous fabric and could work in some many contexts. It took me a long time to decide what to make! I’m currently trying to squeeze a little denim blazer out of the rest… watch this space…

  • JSDESIGNS
    April 13, 2014

    Great, LOVE the simplicity & am REALLY GLAD you went with “your” style! Out of every blogger- THIS is the skirt I’d wear- daily (like a uniform! I think it’s so simple & just per-fect!) so, yes, god idea to make what “you” like instead of trying to figure out what we’d like. Also, always include how much yardage you used & any (seriously) any tip you could possibly think of? I’m just taking sewing up now- so it’d be great to assume that some of us know absolutely nothing about this new endeavor. Thanks so much- look forward to seeing more of your simple everyday outfits that we can actually wear! Bravo down under! Julie

    • Sew Busy Lizzy
      April 13, 2014

      Thank you Julie! It might hearten you to know I’ve only been sewing for two years :-) I used less than a metre for this project – and I always strongly recommend checking out the independent pattern makers websites as they often have useful tutorials (there is a good fly front one on Grainline Studio’s blog) and links to other bloggers who have made the pattern up – also never underestimate the power of google, email or twitter to help you out.