Brocade Skirt and Poly Knit Top

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

Mood fabrics' wool brocade

were twofold and meant 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 item. If you’re thinking “what the floral?!” I have to tell you 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 now going to become a sleeveless blazer.

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.

Pencil skirt made from Mood Fabrics' wool brocade, paired with top made from Mood Fabrics' poly jersey.

 Wool is one of those fabrics that is so wonderful to sew. It presses beautifully, is 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. 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.

Pencil skirt made from Mood Fabrics' wool brocade, paired with top made from Mood Fabrics' poly jersey

 Now let’s move onto the Butterick 5354 top, which might be my new favorite. I made this in Mood Fabrics’ Ivory Solid Luxurious Poly Knit.

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 fabric. This one has weight and substance, so 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, but I opted to use a small self-fabric binding, which helps keep the top pulled in, especially when you lean over.

Mood fabrics poly knit top with pleats.

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 poly 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.Pencil skirt made from Mood Fabrics' wool brocade, paired with top made from Mood Fabrics' poly jersey

I have a navy cardigan on the way to me and this will really complete this outfit for the fall and winter months.

 

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Comments


  • Lise Neely
    October 7, 2013

    Beautiful outfit! What pattern did you use for the top? I want to make it too!

    • Lori
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks, Lisa, the top is Butterick 5354

  • Patty
    October 7, 2013

    Love your new outfit, very versatile. And like you I like those
    pleats!

    • Lori
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks, Patty, the pleats really dress up the top.

  • Ginger
    October 7, 2013

    How cute! The top looks so versatile and is a really special basic! And the skirt fits you so beautifully– great job, dude!

    • Lori
      October 7, 2013

      Thanks so much, I do like this skirt and how it fits. I appreciate your comment, Dude! :)

  • Carolyn
    October 7, 2013

    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!!!

    • Lori
      October 7, 2013

      Okay, Carolyn, I will give it a try and post some pictures. What color Archer.

  • lynne
    October 7, 2013

    lets see.. a slouchy black turtleneck and tights. But you don’t wear black. So how about a little shrunken texturey blazer over a longer darker colored tank with that skirt for fall?

    • Lori
      October 7, 2013

      Lynne, those are all good ideas, thanks for the ideas. I will have countless possibilities from this skirt.

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 7, 2013

    The skirt is really pretty but you did an amazing job on this tiop!

    • Lori
      October 7, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah, it is one of my favorites, too.

  • Elizabeth
    October 8, 2013

    Great outfit. That brocade is TDF!

    • Lori
      October 8, 2013

      Thank you, Elizabeth, it is fabulous fabric.

  • Cissie
    October 8, 2013

    What a pretty outfit. Glad to know about the poly/silky fabric! Pleats are such a nice soft addition.

    • Lori
      October 8, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie, it is such a nice fabric, thick but soft.

  • Amy
    October 8, 2013

    I love this combination together. Great job matching pattern to fabric in both cases! Also, I’m curious about the sleeveless jacket… Erica made one awhile back that I really liked!

    • Lori
      October 8, 2013

      Thanks, Amy, I love both these pieces and think they will be good staples in my wardrobe. I am going to make a true sleeveless blazer with a collar but my list is just so long, hope I get to it.

  • Amanda S.
    October 16, 2013

    Great separates! I’m going to have to check out that white knit – looks like the perfect weight for a tee.

    • Lori
      October 24, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda, it is a great fabric.