A Flouncy Wool Crepe Pencil Skirt

When I was visiting the Mood Fabrics store last month in New York, I had no intention of even stepping foot in the wool section on the top floor. Don’t get me wrong – I love wool, and I ESPECIALLY love wool crepe, but as Tennessee rapidly approaches summertime weather at breakneck speed, I was afraid I would have little to no use for a big piece of cozy wool until much, much later in 2013. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t want stuff my gorgeous fabrics away in a bin until the seasons flip – I want to sew it nowwwww.

I had already made up my mind, but Carolyn had other plans for my shopping. She coaxed me up to the third floor, where I followed her lead over to the wool crepe section and we discussed how much we loved this stuff and how fantastic the color selection was. I mentioned that wool crepe wasn’t suitable for Tennessee summers, and wasn’t it a bummer that I wouldn’t be taking any home during this shopping trip?

Then I spied the yellow bolt at the very top of the shelves, and it had to be mine.

wool crepe pencil skirt

Since this kind of saturated yellow doesn’t do favors for my coloring, I decided to make it into a skirt so there would be plenty of space between my face and the yellow. I felt pretty silly making a wool pencil skirt just as we’re creeping into 75* days – I mean, I’ve always thought of wool as a winter fabric (and I’d guess that a lot of people feel the same way). The best coats are wool – why would I wear wool in the summer heat? Isn’t that just asking for a sweaty disaster?

Carolyn reassured me that while I may not want to wear the very heaviest fabrics during warm months, wool is actually quite lovely for summer. It’s very breathable, and since crepe is so lightweight and spongey, it’s the perfect choice for summer suits and separates. And honestly – it doesn’t take much convincing for me to sew up wool crepe. It really is a wonderful fabric, and the colors are so brilliant. Editor’s note: The designers who shop at Mood always gravitate toward our wool crepe–it’s one of their favorite fabrics. It’s wearable nearly all year-round and it presses and sews like a dream. Take a look at some of the single-face wool crepes we have here for $14/yard.

wool crepe pencil skirt

So here’s my little wool crepe pencil skirt for spring – in the kind of bright yellow that would almost be embarrassing if it wasn’t so awesome. But sit back down for a spell, there’s a lil’ surprise in the back…

wool crepe pencil skirt

… a circular flounce insert! I call it a party in the back, my boyfriend calls it my tail. Either way, it’s a fun little addition to jazz up an otherwise plain pencil skirt (well, as plain as a *bright yellow* wool crepe pencil skirt can be, I suppose!).

This pattern is Vogue 8317, which I received during a sewing swap (also while I was in New York – thanks, Oona!). Just based on the envelope art, the pattern is a bit dated looking (I originally thought it was from the early 90s, but the copyright date is 2006), but the line art showed promise. I made a 10, although I probably should have done a smaller size as I needed to take in quite a bit at the waist. I also shortened the skirt by about 2″ before cutting into my crepe.

wool crepe pencil skirt

The skirt is fully lined with Bemberg rayon. I originally wanted a bright yellow like the crepe, but there wasn’t any in the store when I was there (nor was there any white – at least not in rayon!), so I ended up getting a light peach that is very close to my skin tone. Surprisingly, it picks up quite a bit of the hue of the wool and almost looks like the exact yellow I was trying to obtain. Love it when that happens!

Easter Outfit

I also made my bow-neck blouse, using polka dot cotton batiste (from Mood, of course) and Simplicity 4676, a vintage pattern. The batiste is quite sheer, so I underlined the body with white batiste. I love this stuff – it’s incredibly soft and lightweight, and the black and white pin dots go with EVERYTHING. Seriously. I will probably end up wearing this top all summer, it’s so good! Editor’s note: Here’s a selection of cotton batistes available online at moodfabrics.com.

wool crepe pencil skirt

I made this outfit to wear for Easter dinner with my family, but I can definitely see myself wearing it all throughout summer, as well as pairing up the individual pieces with different tops and bottoms. And in case you were wondering, wool crepe gets two thumbs up from me when it comes to summer wear. Just make sure you pair it with a lightweight, breathable lining, and you can wear this amazing fabric year-round.

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  • Jaime
    April 11, 2013

    Love the kicky flounce in the back! A classic piece in a shocking color is always a good idea. I have a soft spot for safety neon green myself 🙂

    • Lauren
      April 11, 2013

      Yes!! I love neon green, I wish I had more excuses to involve it in my life 🙂

  • Lori
    April 11, 2013

    I have that skirt pattern and have made it a couple of times, it is a fun one. The yellow makes it so wonderful for spring and summer, plus it looks incredible on you. Love the polka dot blouse, too. Great job, your outfit is gorgeous.

    • Lauren
      April 11, 2013

      Ooh, I want to see your versions – I bet they are amazing. I’m really glad I snapped up this pattern, it’s such a fun little twist on a classic.

  • Lise Neely
    April 11, 2013

    Both the blouse and skirt are FAB! Thanks for posting.

    • Lauren
      April 11, 2013

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Kacie
    April 11, 2013

    I love your bravery when it comes to color! If i saw a bolt of bright yellow fabric, I would be terrified and run the other way, but this skirt is so chic and elegant! That ruffle is amazing. You inspire me to branch out. I have a plum wool crepe that’s waiting to become a dress in my UFO pile, so it’s nice to know I will actually be able to wear it in Houston!

    • Lauren
      April 11, 2013

      Color is so fun! I love branching out when it comes to updating classics 🙂 And ooh… that plum wool crepe sounds delicious!

  • Michelle
    April 11, 2013

    I adore the color of your skirt! You executed this beautifully. The whole outfit looks fantastic.

    • Lauren
      April 11, 2013

      Thank you thank you!

  • Erica B.
    April 11, 2013

    Great skirt. I have another Vogue pattern very similar to this that I’ve been planning to sew. I absolutely love that color!

    • Lauren
      April 11, 2013

      I think you pull this color off better than anyone else can! I can’t wait to see what you do with your skirt – I imagine it’ll be as amazing as everything else you sew 🙂

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 11, 2013

    That’s one cute skirt, Lladybird! You’re going to wear this all the time and I LOVE this beautiful shade of yellow!

    • Lauren
      April 12, 2013

      Thank you! It’s amazing how many different things this yellow goes with – my closet is full of possibilities 🙂

  • crystalpleats
    April 12, 2013

    Gorgeous, Lauren. Love the pieces and the colors.

    • Lauren
      April 12, 2013

      Thank ya ma’am! 🙂

  • Ginger
    April 12, 2013

    Cuuuuuuuuute! I love the little flounce in the back– it’s too adorable! I bet you’ll be able to pair both pieces with soooo many different things in your wardrobe!

    • Lauren
      April 12, 2013

      Yeah! Both are super versatile – and the skirt is actually really comfy and wearable, thanks to the flounce 😀

  • Kay
    April 12, 2013

    I love the top. It is very pretty. The skirt is nice too.

    • Lauren
      April 12, 2013

      Thank you!

  • Carolyn
    April 15, 2013

    I’m totally loving how you used the wool crepe and the matching bow tie blouse! Absolutely fabulous!!!

    • Lauren
      April 17, 2013

      Thank you, ma’am! I’m so glad you talked me into getting it… now to do something with that red crepe 😉

  • Amy
    April 17, 2013

    Yellow! I do love a good yellow. And, that flouncy tail is so fun! It really adds a lot of fun to the pencil skirt.

    • Lauren
      April 17, 2013

      It is super fun! I love a little surprise in the back – and it makes walking soo much easier, haha!

  • anne jewell
    April 18, 2013

    great design and styling!

    • Lauren
      April 18, 2013

      Thank you! 😀