Wool Crepe Colorblocked Pencil Skirt

Each snowflake that falls in the South sells a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread or a package of batteries. Panic sets in around here as it did with me, but fortunately it was just what I needed to get out of my sewing slump. My mojo was suffering and I decided to take my own advice – make a pencil skirt.

After stocking the fridge and loading the flashlights with fresh batteries I raced to JoAnn’s for a zipper, but stayed in the store nearly two hours looking at Burda patterns. I bought eight. Suddenly, the thought of being snowed in for a few days filled me with utter delight!

I was even excited about sewing a pencil skirt :)

Colorblocked pencil skirt made with Italian wool crepe from Mood Fabrics.

Could the anticipation of snow have influenced my decision to make a winter white skirt? ;)

I paired the Italian wool crepe (view here) ordered from the Mood Fabrics‘ website with my tried ‘n true Katie Spade pattern.

With the mojo inching its way back into my life, I gave the skirt some pop by cutting off 4 inches of length to make way for a black border.

Colorblocked pencil skirt made with Italian wool crepe from Mood Fabrics.

To make the border I cut one 6 ½ inch piece of black wool 1 ¼ inch wider than the skirt width. After stitching the two short sides of the border together, the fabric was folded in half and pressed. One 5/8 “ seam allowance was turned under and pressed, the other is stitched to the skirt and the pressed edge is slipstitched to the inside of the skirt.

The new skirt fits right in with the many black and/or white clothes in my closet,

Colorblocked pencil skirt made with Italian wool crepe from Mood Fabrics.

but I must say my black sweater set never looked better!

Colorblocked pencil skirt made with Italian wool crepe from Mood Fabrics.

I’m sticking with my advice of sewing a pencil skirt or one’s favorite tried n’ true pattern to refuel the sewing energy! I often find the smallest activity can provide the same motivation as one’s greatest accomplishment!

Colorblocked pencil skirt made with Italian wool crepe from Mood Fabrics.

Lastly, Sonny, my fourteen-year-old Cairn Terrier, joins me in wishing you a splendid Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love :)

Best wishes for a good one!

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Comments


  • Sallie
    February 14, 2014

    Such a lovely, classic skirt! And I love your advice of sewing a simple, tried and true pattern to get yourself out of a rut!

  • oonaballoona
    February 14, 2014

    you are a chic snow angel, beautiful sarah (and that line about milk and bread cracked me UP.)

  • Mary Danielson
    February 14, 2014

    How wonderfully chic! The addition of the black border is genius. I love it paired with your sweater set & houndstooth scarf, especially. It’s the perfect outfit for these odd southern snow days. We only had a bit of icing this time around in Texas, but it was enough to send us all into a bread-buying panic! Stay warm!

  • Virginia
    February 15, 2014

    It looks really great, especially with the rest of the outfit. You look really pulled together. :-)

  • Pam
    February 15, 2014

    Fantastic skirt — I love the contrast and I’ve always had a crush on black and white outfits!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    February 21, 2014

    Great photos – changing up your styling for each photo, such a versatile addition to the wardrobe.