Green Embroidered Wool Skirt

I found this interesting wool on Mood Fabrics’ website by searching the word “sequins”. Wool, sequins, embroidery, and flowers in yellow? That’s definitely my kind of fabric. I knew it was wide with a sequined border on both edges, so I only got a yard thinking I would make some sort of skirt. Making my TNT straight skirt seemed too boring, so I went looking for a pattern where I could use the sequined border in a more interesting manner. Enter this OOP Tracy Reese pattern, Vogue 1092. I always gravitate to unusual designs and absolutely loved the way this one was constructed.

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I used the borders for the “bands” that criss-cross the front and continue onto the back and I had fabric fumes left over. If I’d gotten 1.5 yards I really could have matched the side seams perfectly. A fun feature of this design is that some of the pieces are cut on bias and some on straight grain. In a striped fabric it would be much more apparent then this herringbone, which just means I’ll have to make it up again.

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I made a muslin and it fit well right out of the envelope in my normal size after a few tweaks to the waistband. I don’t usually go for skirts below my knees. A good bit of my height comes from my long torso, so I need my knees showing to avoid looking stumpy. However, I didn’t want to cut off the kick pleat with godet insert at the center back, so I kept it the original length.

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The backs are cut on the bias enabling the front bands to wrap around to the back of the skirt. So fun!

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This wool behaved very well and ironed beautifully. It is scratchy, though. I would not suggest using it without a lining or for a jacket with collar unless you like that scratchy wool feeling on your skin.

Dressform pictures:

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Here’s a close-up of the kick pleat and the herringbone print. This was my first time making this type of detail and I quite like it! It looks kind of 40′s vintage to me.

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The lining I made from a lovely dark olive silk charmeuse, also from Mood Fabrics. This fabric is just heavenly. I’m starting to realize not all silk charmeuse fabrics are created equally. Some is thin and cheap but this stuff is medium weight and just gorgeous. I’m thinking of getting some more yardage for a pretty night gown or other form of lounge wear.

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I actually finished this skirt in mid February but every weekend since then it’s been overcast and rainy around here. Finally yesterday the sky brightened up a bit between rain storms and I was able to get some pictures taken. And now that it’s daylight saving time, I can get pictures during the week and not just on the weekends. Yet another reason to love spring and summer!

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Comments


  • Peter
    March 10, 2015

    Beautiful job! I love the sequin embellishment — I, too, was thinking it has a Forties vibe. The crisscross placement is very flattering, too. Well done!

  • carolyn roemer
    March 10, 2015

    Looks really good. Blended but showy . if the trim wasn’t on the bias but the skirt was you did a fabulous job. Did I understand correctly that the trim was the border of the yardage? Amazing.

    • Amanda S.
      March 10, 2015

      Yes, the trim runs along both borders of the fabric. I simply centered it on my pattern piece. The actual pattern is very unique with the way the fronts and angled backs are put together. Thanks!

  • Kimberly
    March 10, 2015

    THAT is a gorgeous skirt. Excellent work and creativity. Well done. Congrats on the baby. You look wonderful.

    • Amanda S.
      March 10, 2015

      Thanks so much Kimberly!

  • BeaJay
    March 10, 2015

    That is a gorgeous skirt and beautifully matched with your lovely top and shoes.

  • Rory
    March 10, 2015

    Wow! This is just stunningly beautiful and looks wonderful on you.

  • Cennetta
    March 10, 2015

    Very pretty skirt, Amanda. Love how you used the border of the fabric. Very flattering.

  • Fiona
    March 11, 2015

    This fabric was MADE for this skirt! Great job at finding such a perfect pattern for it and with sewing it up so beautifully! I hadn’t spotted this on the Mood site, I’m going to have to do some more thorough digging next time I order!

    • Amanda S.
      March 11, 2015

      Thanks Fiona! I really enjoy hunting for these hidden gems, and there’s this same fabric in a brown colorway.

  • Lladybird
    March 11, 2015

    Everything you make is always so so so amazing (in terms of fit, fabric, construction, overall design – everything!). This is no exception. I never would have given that fabric a second look, but you really turned it into something special. That skirt is beautiful and I love the way you used the border print!

    • Amanda S.
      March 12, 2015

      Thanks so much Lauren!!!

  • Cissie
    March 11, 2015

    What a brilliant pattern choice for of interesting fabric! And as usual, your work is impeccable!

  • Mary Beth
    March 11, 2015

    What a clever way to use a border print fabric. I remembered this Tracy Reese skirt/top pattern, but your version is so much more clever and the piecing pops out more.

    • Amanda S.
      March 12, 2015

      The original had really small pinstripes, so it was much more subtle. I’d like to see what it looks like with actual stripes. Thank you Mary Beth!

  • Lori
    March 11, 2015

    Amazing use of fabric, this is one stunning skirt. Your garments are always so stunning.

  • DebB
    March 11, 2015

    That skirt is perfection!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 12, 2015

    What a genius use of fabric! Beautiful skirt on you and the dress form :)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 12, 2015

    I don’t know what to say… this is quite simply AMAZING.

  • Ginger
    March 13, 2015

    Whoa! This is so innovative and interesting! I never would’ve thought to use a border print for this style- it’s KILLER! Amazing job!

  • oonaballoona
    March 16, 2015

    what a way to see a border print! i’m always stuck visualizing it on the sides or (duh) border. i’m going to ask myself What Would Amanda Do next time i’ve got one to play with!