When Fabric Mart asked for volunteers to make some garments from wool, I jumped all over it. I love FM’s wool. There’s always a great selection and the quality is great! What more can you want?
For my skirt, I used a brown/black/tan/multi wool & poly blend tweed suiting. You can see that fabric here: Boucle Tweed-Suiting
. This has a slight metallic thread running through it which is always a bonus in my book.
For my top, I used a wool jersey, which isn’t available any more, but here is another good option… Sweater knit
The patterns I used are both from Vogue. I was so smitten with this one from Vogue I simply had to try it. I wasn’t able to find a zipper the right length, so I improvised and made this decorative one work. I like the slash of sparkle.
Yes, the pattern does call for the sleeve length zip, but I put in the shorter zipper and stitched up the sleeve seam. It works. I really love the heavier sweater knit for this. Plus, after some flat pattern measurements, I knew this would fit well. I made only one alteration and that was to lengthen the bust curve. That’s it.
Here’s the pattern I used for the skirt. It’s OOP now but I am sure there’s something similar somewhere. It’s a mock wrap and I thought ripe for embellishing.
For the skirt, I knew I wanted to embellish it a bit, so I found some wool roving. This is basically wool in the raw that I laid over the fabric, and simply stitched down using regular sewing thread and a flower motif. I practiced a few times prior to putting this on my skirt.
The photo above shows the roving as it comes from the package and then the large motif I stitched. I like how these colors compliment the tweed of the skirt. The hubby thinks I should have used different colors, but he isn’t wearing this, I am. Right?
I feel like a boss with how well my invisible zipper went in.
I like this outfit. It was fun to embellish both pieces. Now I have something I can wear together as well as separates.
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Sue from Ilove2sew!