I’m in the Mood for Basics

Basics are the backbone of a good wardrobe and they give you the opportunity to get dressed every morning without having to stand in front of the closet going, “I have nuthin’ to wear!”  The two garments featured below are part of my “The City in Winter” Collection, the 13-piece wardrobe that I’m currently sewing. 

The first garment is a gored skirt with a tulip hem that’s made from Simplicity 5194.

Wool Crepe Skirt


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Fabric ~

Wool crepe from Mood Fabrics – purchased in the NYC store but you can find some on the website, here.


Notions ~ 

9″ brown invisible zipper

black lining from the collection

1″ black lace

brown rayon seam tape

Construction ~

I haven’t made this skirt since 2009 and of course the last time I did I’m sure I made it differently.  One of the things I did last time was that I taped the waistline using twill tape.  This time I used a 5/8″ piece of lightweight fusible interfacing at the waistline to stabilize it.  I really wanted a way to firm up the waistline without changing the hand of the fabric.  I don’t know if I’ve read about this somewhere or just came about it organically from working with the pattern. Honestly, I will only know how it works after wearing it all day so expect a wearability report sooner or later.

I also added a row of edge stitching to the right side of the skirt.  I wanted to keep all the pieces flat and secure.

Wool Crepe Pants


TNT Pants ~

The pants have no new construction techniques.  Although earlier renditions of these lined pants have been made with an underlining, for this pair I used a traditional lining.

Stats:

Fabric ~

Wool crepe from Mood Fabrics

Notions ~

brown rayon seam tape

soft & easy stretch elastic

black lining from the collection

A few more pics…

Wool Crepe PantsWool Crepe Pants and shorts

 

Wool Crepe Pants

 

Wool Crepe Skirt

These are the first two pieces from the wool crepe that is a major part of the new collection.

…as always more later!

 

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    October 8, 2012

    i am LOVING this collection. my closet is so schizo, this morning i thought, “i should make up like six outfits and hang them in a row so i can get out of the house in the morning.”

    gorgeous makes, and i love the drape of that wool! can you please school me on pants?

  • Lorie
    October 8, 2012

    Beautiful work!!

  • JC
    October 8, 2012

    Love the wool crepe — how did you pretreat the fabric before cutting and sewing? Thanks…

    • Carolyn
      October 9, 2012

      I pretreated the fabric by placing it in the dryer with a damp (not wet) large white towel. I set the dryer on high for the temperature control and let it toss for 60 minutes or until the towel was dry. Then I pressed the heck out of it by using a lot of steam. This has become my method of choice lately to pretreat wool crepe, although this post by Dibs of Dibs and the Machine, highlights several other methods to pretreat wool crepe: http://www.missdibs.com/2012/09/wool-crepe-dress-pre-shrinking.html

  • Erica B.
    October 8, 2012

    Great collection Carolyn!

    • Angela
      October 14, 2012

      Do you end up dry-cleaning wool crepe garments? I’ve never sewn with it. I understand how you pre-treated it, just wondering what comes next..

  • Towanda Foster
    October 8, 2012

    This is awesome!

  • Amanda S.
    October 8, 2012

    Great basics for your winter wardrobe. I am always impressed with people who can make a cohesive plan and STICK WITH IT! I cannot.

  • TinaLou
    October 9, 2012

    Your wardrobe planning skills are an inspiration to me ~ and that you can stick with them without a whole lot of detours is amazing! I need some TNT’s – and I’m off to the site to check out the wool crepe.

  • Ginger
    October 9, 2012

    I LOVE this collection! I’m taking note of this idea– I’m DEFINITELY one of those people that have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear!