Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Wool Brocade Skirt and Knit Pleated top

My plans for the gorgeous Mood Fabric's Cranberry and Blue Wool Brocade 


 was twofold and not to be worn together, first a skirt and then  jacket to be worn with the floral tie shirt from my last Mood Sewing Network.  If you are saying, what, the floral?  I am saying, yes,it looked really good together, at least draped on my dressform.  Well, that fabric combination isn't going to happen because, my blazer just didn't work out and is going to become a sleeveless blazer (posted yesterday).


 That little speed bump in my sewing room didn't stop me, I went right to work on McCall's 6038, a fitted skirt.    This is my TNT skirt pattern and I really like how it looks and feels on. blue and cranberry wool brocade  in a fitted skirt   




Wool is one of those fabrics that is so wonderful to sew.  It presses beautifully, easy to sew and just looks fabulous when you are finished.  On this skirt, I always used a press cloth and I pinked the seam allowances.  This prevented the seam allowance from showing after pressing. Also, this fabric really frays, so I felt the pinking necessary to keep little strings from falling out of my skirt!

 My skirt is fully lined and for me I mean fully lined.  I don't do well with wool touching my skin, so I always eliminate the facings and line up to the waistband.  I know this is a bit unconventional but it is the only way I can wear wool and I really wanted this fabric.  It is hard to photograph but just look at the swatch picture, it is gorgeous.  I did use the other side, it has more of the blue and I really liked the look of that side, so whichever side you pick it looks amazing. Mood fabrics in wool brocade skirt and poly knit butterick top


 Now let's move onto the Butterick 5354 top, it might be my new favorite.   I made this in Mood Fabrics'
Ivory Solid Luxurious Poly Knit.   That knit is sold out but here is some other choices when I search Poly knit - Click here





The feel of this fabric is luxurious just as the description states, "If you could turn four-ply silk into a knit, this is what it would look and feel like. " And it is not thin, medium-weight is how Mood describes it.  This was the biggest plus for me, not a thin, see-through light color top, this one has weight and substance, you don't have to worry about anything showing through.


 I was looking through my patterns and thought this Butterick would be something a bit more dressy which I felt the wool brocade needed. Just look at those pleats, I love them, something to frame the face and add interest to the top.  The pattern calls for a front facing, which I did not do.  I added a small self-fabric binding, which helps keep the top pulled in, especially when you lean over.

  Mood fabrics knit top     



 Take a look at the entire silhouette of the shirt, it is fitted without being overly tight.  The fabric sews like a dream and is easy to press.
  Luxurious Mood fabrics knit top with pleats



I would flare the bottom of the top out just a little bit the next time I sew, it seems a bit straight from the waist, no womanly curves built in.

Mood fabric's ivory poly knit fabric with pleated neckine   I have a navy cardigan on the way to me and this will really complete this outfit for the fall and winter months.  

Now about that sleeveless vest not many comments so I am thinking you all don't like it much at all.

I will try it with some other options as Lisa suggested.

Carolyn on the Mood Sewing Network suggested this:

Lori – the skirt and top are pretty, however, I think the sleeveless vest with an Archer under it would look amazing. I like how you belted it on your blog and think it would make a great outfit with this skirt. Love that this is your TNT skirt pattern!!!

So I will try that too.




26 comments:

  1. Lovely outfit. In regardsoto your vest, I like it and the belt is perfect with it.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila, I appreciate your input.

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  2. exquisite as always. this outfit looks like it would be hard to keep form constantly touching it.

    i missed the vest, just searched for it, and it's beautiful as well-- i love carolyn's archer suggestion, and i wonder if the black sleeves under it blended too much with the wool? white (slightly) billowy sleeves would make it pop!

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    1. Thanks for the compliments and the suggestion of white billowy sleeves, another idea to try.

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  3. You look great in this:)

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    1. Thanks, so much, Angela.

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  4. Love this outfit - looks great on you !

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    1. Thank you, Claire, I sure do like wearing it.

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  5. Oh aren't you cute! I love the whole outfit!

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  6. Wonderful outfit! Love the colors in your wool skirt. I want to sew with wool but don't really like to go to the dry cleaners. How do you pre-treat/treat your wool fabrics?

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    1. Thanks, Levone. I steam the wool with my iron to pre-treat. The wool does have pretty colors.

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  7. I just got finished reading and comment on the vest post (I'm a little behind this week on my blog reading). I love that you can use both sides of the wool fabric and get a different look. I'm the same way with wool. I love the pleats in the blouse. I may have to buy the white fabric since it is so hard to find white that isn't see-through. Great outfit!

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    1. Thanks Shar, the pleats make the pattern unique. I am afraid the fabric is sold out.

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  8. i would love to buy some of this fabric to make some blouses but your link does not, can you send me the link please? Love the outfit!

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    1. Oh, I double checked and got the same link. Which I think means it is sold out. I put up a new link to similar fabric but I do not know about the thickness of those.

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  9. Love this outfit....the vest not so much. But worth trying different options.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, I appreciate your input. I am still on the fence with the vest.

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  10. I love how you did the Butterick 5354 top. I've made that pattern twice and really like it, but have never been thrilled with the facings (I stitched in the ditch along the pleats to keep it down). What a great idea to use a neck band!! I will definitely try that next time!!! Thanks :)

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    1. The neck band does make a difference. I am so happy I finally made that top, I love it.

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  11. Lovely outfit. That fabric sure would have seduced me.

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    1. Thanks, Bunny, the fabric is wonderful.

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  12. Love the skirt, love the pleated top. I am in awe of your sewing and fitting and matching fabric to pattern skills!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra, that is such a nice thing to say.

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