Rust Orange Wool Crepe Skirt

This month, I’d like to show you a skirt that I made that encompasses 2 of my very favorite things in the world: rust orange, and wool crepe <3

Mirambell Skirt

I don’t really include a lot of color in my wardrobe these days – I wear a lot of grey, black and navy, and I like to think that any color come from my ~colorful personality~ (or, more realistically – my hair). But every now and then, something amazing catches my eye and I’ll bend my color rules because I can’t help myself. The key, I’ve learned, is to stick with a palette. For me, that palette means rich fall colors – deep green, burgundy red, saffron yellow, a slightly more blue blue than true navy, oh, and rust orange. Get on my body. The palette means I end up with colors I actually wear, and they mostly coordinate with one another.

Mirambell Skirt

I found this rust orange wool crepe at the Mood Fabrics store in NYC, when I was visiting a few months ago. While I do prefer to go in the store with a list, it’s a pretty loose list – things like “2 yards of drapey knit for long-sleeve tshirt” or “1.5 yards of stretch twill for pants.” In the case of this fabric, I went in with a specific idea that I was going to find a saffron or rust wool crepe to make this exact skirt pattern from. I’m kind of surprised I was able to find it – Mood Fabrics has TONS of amazing fabrics, like, always, but they also manage to juuuust skirt what I’m specifically looking for – but it’s like it was waiting for me up on that 3rd floor! I also bought what was left of the bolt. Sorry. There are some really amazing wool crepes available on the website right now, though!

What I love about wool crepe is how freaking easy it is to work with – and how beautiful it is to wear, both in looks and the feels. This particular wool crepe doesn’t fray, so I was able to finish my seam allowances with pinking shears. Stitches just sink right into the fabric, and you can manipulate the crap out of it with a hot iron + a lot of steam. It’s a fabric that molds beautifully to whatever you try to make it do, and it repays you by looking AWESOME and keeping you nice and warm when it starts getting cold.

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

My skirt pattern is the Mirambell Skirt from Pauline Alice patterns. I made the size 36, and needed no fitting adjustments. Since my fabric is a clingy wool and I knew I’d exclusively be wearing this skirt in the winter (mainly with tights – don’t let my bare legs fool ya!), I opted to add a lining. This isn’t written in the pattern, but it’s as simple as sewing a second skirt (about 2″ shorter than the outer skirt) and then attaching it at the waist before you put on the waistband. I used a lightweight china silk, originally purchased from Mood Fabrics and languishing in my stash for the past year (but what a great color match, amirite?!). In addition to keeping static cling at bay when I wear tights, the silk adds an additional layer of warmth.

Mirambell Skirt

I forgot how much I love sewing + wearing wool crepe – my wardrobe has certainly taken a turn for the casual these days – but this skirt has definitely reignited that passion!

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  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    November 30, 2017

    I’ve never sewn with wool crepe but I’ve been meaning to – I’ve read that it’s the best to use with sewing on the bias (one of my very favourite things to do) – love your skirt Lauren especially the waist band and pleats/tucks? cascading down from it. I would order some of this fabric from Mood in a heartbeat (in fact I would likely order ALL sorts of fabric from them!) but shipping to Canada in combination with customs charges and the difference in our dollars just shoot it out of the $ ball park for even me 🙂

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    • Lladybird
      November 30, 2017

      Thank you so much! Ugh, I hear you on the shipping costs. I rarely order from outside the US for the same reason, it can make things a bit astronomical. I’m lucky that we have Mood Fabrics here! 🙂

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  • Jess
    November 30, 2017

    Lauren, you look like Karen from Did You Make That blog.

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    • Lladybird
      November 30, 2017

      Well, that is a compliment! Thank you! 🙂

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  • Lori
    November 30, 2017

    This is so cute, Lauren, love the color.

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  • Karen
    December 1, 2017

    Love your skirt! I’m into choosing a basic palette of 2 colors this fall/winter season which just happen to be denim navy (indigo) and orange/rust so you know I’m a fan girl of your outfit!

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