A Wool Crepe Dress for Spring

I know it’s spring out.  The calendar tells me so…the weather not so much!  You know it’s doing that hot/cold/hot/cold thing that April likes to do.  But I sooooo want it to be spring.  I want warm breezes and long sunny days with the promise of fun and a wardrobe of dresses that I can wear every day.  Because it’s spring although it doesn’t feel like spring, I decided to use a brightly colored lightweight wool crepe to bring a little spring loveliness to my life.

green wool crepe dress

 

This lime green wool crepe was my starting point.  Somewhere I read/saw that Mood Fabrics had new candy colored wool crepes and you know I had to get me some/one.  So when Lauren was in NYC and we were fabric shopping in Mood, I picked this up for a quick dress.  There is a great selection of wool crepes on MoodFabrics.com also.

This fabric will add a pop of color to my spring wardrobe.  However, I didn’t want a plain sheath dress.  I wanted a little something extra…more than a basic dress but not so much more that it wouldn’t work with a variety of toppers.

Here is what I came up with…

green wool crepe dress

 

Can we talk about the fabric?  I love working with wool.  Not only is it easy to sew but the thread sinks so nicely into the fabric creating the perfect seam.  And isn’t that what sewists are looking for ~ THE perfect seam!  Also when you add some steam to wool crepe, it molds so easily and retains the shape.  It also comes in such amazing colors and prints.

Now I know that wool crepe is thought of as a winter fabric, however, this lightweight wool will wear well into the beginning of summer and again in early fall.  Even by adding a rayon lining to the dress, it still was lightweight and easy to wear.

green wool crepe dress

This is a perfect work dress for me made from my tried and true (TNT) dress pattern. I added a pleat to the dress front and embellished it with some white piping.   Taking my time and using the best construction techniques that I know, resulted in a great new spring dress.  The construction details are highlighted in this blog post.

A few more photos…

green wool crepe dress

 

green wool crepe dress

 

green wool crepe dress

 

green wool crepe dress

I love a great lightweight wool in the spring time.  Try it, you will too!

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Comments


  • Peter
    April 23, 2013

    Lovely, Carolyn! Great color and very elegant.

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks Peter! It was great to post the day after you because your linen pants was the perfect intro to my springy dress! Now we’re both ready for spring whenever it actually shows up in NYC!

  • Michelle
    April 23, 2013

    Eventually, it will get warm… I keep reminding myself to prevent fits of frustration every time I step outside. The color is a great! I’m going to keep an eye out for these wools when I go to NYC and visit Mood next month!

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Oh Michelle you definitely should buy some of the wool crepes when at Mood! They have an awesome selection in a wide assortment of colors and weights! Like the old Lays commercial says, you won’t be able to “buy” just one! *LOL*

  • Lauren
    April 23, 2013

    Oh, Carolyn, this is perfect! You look fabulous and that is such a good color on you. I love that springy green with the white… love love love.

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks Lauren! After you posted your kewl new skirt, I really had to use my wool crepe too!

  • anne jewell
    April 23, 2013

    that’s a great design!

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks Anne, appreciate the compliment!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 23, 2013

    I love what you made with this gorgeous fabric, Carolyn!
    The white piping adds the perfect finishing touch – very pretty in every way.

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! The white/green combo does seem really fresh doesn’t it!

  • Lori
    April 23, 2013

    Gorgeous fabric and dress, Carolyn, I always enjoy your extras on a garment. You look fabulous!

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks Lori! If I make a dress with no extra realize that I probably fell, bumped my head and my creative muse has fled! *LOL*

  • Amanda S.
    April 23, 2013

    What a great color on you, Carolyn! I love the pops of white with it and the lace used to finish off the lining hem.

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Thanks Amanda! I know you love piping as much as I do!

  • Rose
    April 23, 2013

    Carolyn, you look stunning wearing this color and style. The piping adds your signature creative touch.

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      Rose so appreciate your thoughtful comments!

  • Erica B.
    April 23, 2013

    Even in wool crepe, that fabric still says “spring”! Great dress and fabulous color!

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      I’m hoping this combo will make spring come a little faster! *LOL* Thanks for the comments!

  • BeaJay
    April 23, 2013

    Love that dress – the colour just screams spring. Love the piping detail.

    • Carolyn
      April 23, 2013

      BeaJay, you should try some piping on your new TNT dress pattern! I think you’ll be surprised at how it elevates the level of your dress!

  • LLBB
    April 23, 2013

    yes, i also want to chime in that this color screams spring to me! lovely make.

  • Carolyn
    April 23, 2013

    Thanks LLBB – I’m glad you agree!

  • gMarie
    April 23, 2013

    Oh I love this. Some day soon – I’m gonna break down and buy some wool crepe. I *love* this version of your TNT dress – I think I say that every time you make a new dress. Is the kick pleat an open triangle? Stunning. g

    • Carolyn
      April 24, 2013

      After the great red dress that you made, some of this lightweight wool crepe would work beautifully in that silhouette! Think about it because it fits your new lifestyle!

  • Haylee
    April 24, 2013

    I love this Carolyn! It’s such a pretty color on you and I love the contrasting piping down the front. Gorgeous dress, good job!

    • Carolyn
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks Haylee! It is a cool color, isn’t it?!

  • jessicathecat
    April 24, 2013

    What a great color for you! and the piping really makes the dress pop. Well done!

    • Carolyn
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks Jessica…now to stop myself from going back to get the candy colored pink one!

  • Kay
    April 24, 2013

    It is very pretty, and I always love the dresses that you make! You make sewing look easy 🙂

  • Carolyn
    April 24, 2013

    Kay – that is the nicest compliment that I make sewing look easy! Thank you!!!!

  • Ginger
    April 25, 2013

    MAN. This is too, too fab! I looooooooooooooooove the color, and the piping is a great accent! Great job, girl!

  • Manju
    April 25, 2013

    Wow for the colour and the piping. Beautiful work as ever!

  • KristiEllKay
    April 26, 2013

    Wool crepe for Spring! Wow! Beautiful color, and the piping really pops against it! Love this so much!!

  • Amy
    April 28, 2013

    Beautiful! What a color on you! You really know how to make your TNT dress work for you. I love that each one of your dresses comes out unique. One of these days I’ll find my TNT dress pattern…