Teal Wool Pencil Skirt

Sew Well - BurdaStyle Jenny Skirt in double-faced wool from #MoodFabrics

I seem to be in the mood for pencil skirts lately. I don’t quite understand my draw to them right now since they’re not ideal daily wear for someone who currently spends most of their time sitting on the floor reading books and playing blocks with toddlers.  Maybe it’s my subconscious mind’s way of telling me that I could stand to spend more time with adults?!

Sew Well - BurdaStyle Jenny Skirt in double-faced wool from #MoodFabrics

This particular pencil skirt is the BurdaStyle Jenny basic skirt with a shortened waist and an added kick pleat, and it’s made using one of Mood Fabric’s double-faced wools.  The wool is thick and spongy and would make a beautiful unlined coat since being double-faced means it’s equally gorgeous on both sides.  But, with only a yard and with pencil skirts on the brain, a skirt it was!  It was lovely to cut and sew – a nice, well-behaved fabric with no slippery edges and no crazy patterns to match.

Sew Well - BurdaStyle Jenny Skirt in double-faced wool from #MoodFabrics

The thickness of the fabric made it easy to hide the hand-picked zipper and hem stitches.  I didn’t even have to go through the entire fabric to feel like I had a secure hold.  But, the thickness also made it a pain to press.  I used a press cloth that I’d made out of a large square of silk organza so that the iron would come in as little contact with the wool as possible. I also tried to hover the iron over the wool and take advantage of my iron’s steam function as much as I could.  Even still, where there were multiple layers of the thick fabric – at the seams, darts, and hem, all of which I’m also in the habit of making sure are nice and pressed while sewing – the fabric still picked up a bit of that shine wool can get from the iron.  If it weren’t for this small amount of shine, I bet the hem would be completely invisible! Next time I’ll try to be even more careful with how I press a nice wool like this one.

Sew Well - BurdaStyle Jenny Skirt in double-faced wool from #MoodFabrics

Though this wool is one of the softest I’ve ever used, I still lined the skirt with one of Mood’s silk crepe de chines.  I always figure a skirt like this deserves that extra something that a lining provides.

Sew Well - BurdaStyle Jenny Skirt in double-faced wool from #MoodFabrics

Have you ever worked with a double-faced wool? What did you make? Any good tips on how to get a good press?

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  • Kate
    January 28, 2015

    I love this skirt. I’ve never worked with double-faced wool, but I want to!!! You look amazing!

    • Amy
      January 28, 2015

      Thanks Kate! This teal wool is my first double faced, and it was a delight. In hindsight, I wish I’d gotten enough to make something that would have allowed me to show off both sides. But, I still love this skirt!

  • Lori
    January 28, 2015

    What a gorgeous skirt, I would have never thought of the fabric for a skirt but it works perfectly. Beautiful job.

    • Amy
      January 30, 2015

      I know. But I loved the color as a skirt!

  • Ginger Makes
    January 28, 2015

    This is so lovely! And it fits you beautifully! So nice!

    • Amy
      January 30, 2015

      Thanks! I’ve now learned tips on how to remove the shine, so hopefully it’ll look even better once I can give it a good press without fear of picking up any more shine.

  • Sallieoh
    January 29, 2015

    Gorgeous! That color is so heavenly!

    • Amy
      January 30, 2015

      Yeah, the color is what sold me! I’m also glad it gave me the chance to gain experience working with double-faced wool.

  • Fiona
    January 31, 2015

    What a beautiful classic piece! I’m really tempted by the idea of making a simple unlined coat so I will have to take a look at the double faced wools, thanks for the tip!

  • Amanda S.
    February 1, 2015

    Great skirt! The fit is PERFECTION!

  • Cennetta
    February 5, 2015

    Amy, Lovely pencil skirt. Thank you for drawing my attention to the Mood double-faced fabric.