Cozy, Woolly Separates

Who doesn’t love to wear wool in the winter time?

Zinnia Skirt made with plaid wool from Mood Fabrics

I feel like a broken record when I start singing the praises of wool, but foreal you guys—this stuff is awesome. It’s super warm and cozy, breathes very well (so you don’t get overheated in all that warm and cozy-ness), and it’s also antimicrobial, which means it naturally repels odors. Which means now you know why I wear so much wool and still manage to keep up with the laundry – it doesn’t need to be washed very frequently! Airing out is fine for day-to-day. Yay for being lazy!

So obviously, I was ready to bust the wool out just as soon as the temperatures started dipping. I love the selection of wools at Mood Fabrics—so much to choose from, so many colors and weights and PLAIDS GALORE.

Zinnia Skirt made with plaid wool from Mood Fabrics

My wool plaid skirt was made using a piece of lightweight wool plaid suiting and the Zinnia pattern. I didn’t take any special precautions when sewing this—it’s wool, it’s just easy! The stitches sink in (bad for unpicking, but great for hemming since you can’t see the top stitching ;) ), it presses beautifully, and as weird as this is gonna sound—it was really fun to cut, too. My scissors just sliced right through that yardage. I love the colors and it looks just as good paired with black as it does with navy. Double duty fabric and all that.

I left the skirt unlined and shortened the hem by about 3″ so I could have a mini. The waistband is cut on the bias and, despite what you might think you see, I promise that the plaid matches up at the side seams :)

Renfrew top made with wool knit from Mood Fabrics

I also made my top using—duh, more wool! This is a Calvin Klein wool jersey, also from Mood Fabrics (attached link isn’t the same color, looks like they’re sold out of the gray, SORRY, but it’s the same fabric type) and it is deeeelicious. So soft and cozy, and not itchy at all! I used the Renfrew pattern and made the cowl version with 3/4 sleeves. I just love the way the fabric drapes at the cowl – it has enough body so it’s not droopy, yet it’s also not huge and standing up on it’s own or anything.

Zinnia Skirt made with plaid wool from Mood Fabrics

After finishing up my wool twinset, I felt like I needed to make just oneeee more thing—so I pulled my Renfrew pattern back out, and whipped up this little navy t-shirt! I used a rayon jersey from Mood Fabrics that’s been in my stash for ages—originally considered for leggings, until I realized that it was a tiny bit too sheer, a.k.a. I would be baring my bum. I’m so glad I found a use for it, though, because it is some of the most luxurious fabric I have ever handled! It may just be a rayon knit, but it’s silky smooth and amazing. I really wish I had it in every color!

Zinnia Skirt made with plaid wool from Mood Fabrics

The best part about this outfit is that each piece works together or separately. (Well… with other things. Don’t worry, I won’t leave the house pantless or anything creepy like that haha). Which is awesome because I have a lot of hand-knit sweaters that will look beautiful with this skirt or with the cowl peeking out. Wool sweaters, of course :)

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  • Rachel
    November 7, 2013

    Nice! I have some purple wool blend that I’m dying to work with! And is cold dreary weather is making me crave plaid!

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2013

      I firmly believe that plaid was created specifically for cold weather :)

  • Lori
    November 7, 2013

    All these pieces look wonderful on you. I was just thinking how great your hand knit sweaters would look with the skirt and tops, then I read your last paragraph. Great job.

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! I do love anything that will pair up with my handknits :)

  • Carolyn
    November 7, 2013

    Love, love, love the skirt! That plaid is calling my name! *LOL* The tops are great too but the skirt…be still my heart!!

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2013

      Ah! Get some and let’s match! :D

  • Amy
    November 7, 2013

    What a great set of separates. I just love the skirt with the simple yet classy tops. And, I can imagine getting lots of wear out of these pieces in other combos as well. I hope you’ll make a sweater to match the skirt soon since I’d love to see it with one of your hand knits as well.

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2013

      Something about the versatility of separates makes them so much more satisfying than just sewing up a dress :) I can’t wait to start pairing sweaters with this skirt – I feel like all the ones I already have will match, since the colors of the plaid echo the colors I wear most often, haha

  • Denise Dooley
    November 7, 2013

    Very cute, that skirt has such an energetic look. Wool is my favorite fabric to sew and wear. I’ll have to check out that wool jersey.

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2013

      You are going to LOVE wool jersey, Denise. It handles and sews up just like a woven wool, but it’s stretchy! The best of both worlds :)

  • Ginger
    November 7, 2013

    Really, really cute! There’s just something about fall that makes you want to wear plaid! Also– new hair? Looks great!

    • Lauren
      November 7, 2013

      I wish! It’s a faded out dye job haha. Since I’ve been sick, I haven’t had the energy to mess much with my hair these past couple weeks. But thank you :)

  • Sandra
    November 11, 2013

    I have never sewn a garmet with plaid, let alone a wool material. I usually can’t wear wool because it is too itchy on my skin. I would love to make something from plaid, do you have any suggestions on learning tools? Love your outfits!

  • Amanda S.
    November 11, 2013

    I love wool too! I hate being cold, even down here in south Texas. These are great additions to your wardrobe! That skirt is adorable!

  • Candyce Nicole
    November 12, 2013

    Just beautiful! As much as I hate “cold” weather (as I shiver while it’s 59 degrees outside LOL) , I think you’ve finally made me excited about the fall…and WOOL!

  • Cissie
    November 13, 2013

    What a cute skirt on you! And another fabulous Renfrew!

  • Mood Sewing Network
    November 13, 2013

    I’ve been itching (no wool pun intended) to make a plaid skirt. Love the way yours turned out all cute and full.