Woolly Jacket and Sheath Dress

Cropped jacket and sheath dress made with wool from Mood Fabrics NYC.

There I go again, looking off to the upper left corner, where no doubt someone is walking swiftly, coldly by, wondering what I’m doing down there.

I’m loving my outfit, THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING.

Cropped jacket and sheath dress made with wool from Mood Fabrics NYC.

Nope, I’m not gonna lie, I love it.  It’s all wool all the time, and it did an excellent job of keeping me warm in the 19 degree air.  Well, you know, proportionally, considering it’s just a sheath dress and cropped jacket…

Cropped jacket and sheath dress made with wool from Mood Fabrics NYC.

Oh but the jacket fabric.  THE JACKET FABRIC.  Found on Mood Fabric’s magical upper floor, immediately hugged to chest and guarded with my life.  One other (very fashionable) lady snagged some as well, and like 80 people wanted to swatch it, WHICH MADE ME WANT TO SOB.  (If you’re shopping online, might I suggest this beauty I’ve been ogling forever?)  I went directly home with my treasure and spent the afternoon on the floor with it, laying it out every which way to come up with a placement for this Burdastyle Maxi Coat pattern (10/2013 #130).  Never been so happy to be on the floor.

Cropped jacket and sheath dress made with wool from Mood Fabrics NYC.

MY JACKET, SHE IS WATCHING YOU!!! WATCHING YOUR EVERY MOVE!!!

You’ll notice I didn’t go maxi with the jacket.  I was just so happy with the print placement at that point, I thought more material would take away from the effect.  Sometimes more is just more.

Can’t believe I just said that.

Cropped jacket and sheath dress made with wool from Mood Fabrics NYC.

The pattern called for darts at the shoulder, but I opted for tucks instead, as the wool is pretty thick.  Doesn’t fray too much though, so I finally tried a technique I’ve been wanting to wrangle for awhile, the blanket stitch.  It’s fun!  I’d even call it therapeutic!  Especially when done on a Saturday morning, with spiked coffee and jazz, when the bulk of the weekend is rolled out before you like a glorious bolt of fabric. Editor’s note: With a thick, non-fraying wool like this one, you can be creative with your darts and finishing techniques. Another idea for the shoulder darts would be to cut them open and then join the edges together with a decorative stitch. And instead of one dart, maybe two small darts? Anything goes these days in fashion.

Cropped jacket and sheath dress made with wool from Mood Fabrics NYC.

Yes, Virginia, there is also a dress– a princess seamed sheath dress from one of my favorite blue envelopes, Simplicity 2337.  I went with a TNT for this medium-weight, safety cone orange wool (which has a slightly scratchy hand on the face, but is totes comfortable against the skin). Between the pattern placement for the jacket, real life, and crazy online sewing competition madness, I needed a quick TNT!  And this is a solid my closet desperately needs….

How do you feel about wool?  I’m sort of head over heels in love with it!

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Comments


  • Ginger
    February 12, 2014

    Love love love love love love love! I never would’ve thought to go cropped with this print, but it’s perfect! And I loooooove the orange underneath. MOAR wool!!!!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      wool forever, yo. i’m even thinking of finally trying wool crepe this summer…

  • Becky
    February 12, 2014

    I have to admit that I don’t really like wool–mostly because it doesn’t like me and attacks my skin with itchiness and little red bumps as soon as I touch it! (Ironically, my last name has “wool” in it now that I got married…go fig.) I didn’t even go to the third floor when I was there over the weekend, for fear of breaking out in hives…sigh. But I love the look of it, and am insanely jealous of all of the sewists and knitters that get to play with it and make pretty warm things. Your jacket is no exception–yay for winter color!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      um, can i just say, best addition to name ever????

  • Angela
    February 12, 2014

    I’m repeating what Ginger said, “Love, love, love’” The print is TDF. The orange dress has me swooning. Must. Get. Some. This outfit is absolutely drool worthy!!!

  • Toby Wollin
    February 12, 2014

    ooo, love the outfit (though orange would not have been my first choice for the dress, but I have ‘fear of bright colors’. As for wool, I LOVE wool – and think that except for the height of the summer in July and August (unless you work in A/C and need a wool sweater for sure), you can find a weight of wool to wear. Now, part of this is that we used to raise sheep and I was into dyeing, spinning and knitting, but wool fabrics are fab.

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      um, you raised sheep?! how cool is THAT.

  • Faye Lewis
    February 12, 2014

    I’ve ALWAYS loved wool. It sews up well and presses like a dream. Great outfit!

  • True Bias
    February 12, 2014

    I saw that aztec wool last time was there and thought it was amazing, but too bold for me – so glad you are adventurous because its amazing.

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      oh now come on. you could ROCK this. i could totally see you in this with a pair of crazy awesome pants!

  • Meg
    February 12, 2014

    OH GIRL. You do know how to rock my signature color hard core, and I adore you for it! LOVE that jacket – the print and placement is divine! A warm and stylish ensemble – well done, my friend!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      i think of you every time i reach for orange…

  • Carolyn
    February 12, 2014

    19 degrees is why your cheeks match your dress! I love this on you ~ classic silhouettes with an Oona twist! Though I need to ask, are you getting food and water because you must be chained to your sewing machine with all the wonderful sewing that you’ve been doing!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      HAAAAAAAAAA. ruggy is indeed keeping me alive on that front, i owe him BIGTIME.

  • Rachel
    February 12, 2014

    I am so interested in wool, and have a beautiful piece of mid-weight plum purple wool blend… But and scared to choose a project and cut it! Do you ever have a piece of fabric so lovely that you can’t decide what to do with it? Or worry you’ll ruin your lovely fabric in the process?

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      oh, i always have a bit of fear cutting into something gorgeous…but then i decide its just fabric and with the first snip i get over it! but, i also am pretty good at saving a fabric until the right thing comes along. some stuff has waited YEARS.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 12, 2014

    Your TNT is bold and beautiful – just like you! Great choice of fabrics :)

  • Lauren
    February 12, 2014

    WHAT.

    GIRL when I am in NYC next month, I need you to lead me directly to this wool. NEED. It is so amazing, I am dying just a tiny bit!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      listen, if there’s any left, WE NEED TO RUN AWAY WITH IT.

  • Neeno - Sew Me Love
    February 12, 2014

    Dat ass!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      hahahaha neeno!!!! i love it!

  • liza jane
    February 12, 2014

    You look fabulous! Love the safety cone orange wool.

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      thank you girl! i will definitely be safe crossing the street.

  • Debi
    February 13, 2014

    You are such a hottie! Girl, this outfit is stunning…. I love the print placement on the jacket and the blanket stitches are so fun!!!

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      :) thankya debi! tho i must admit….i’m thinking about redoing those blanket stitches….

  • Sallie
    February 13, 2014

    You look like my Southwestern Sunrise wet dream!!! That aztec fabric is AAAAAMMMAAAZING!! And I love your use of the blanket stitch – it reminds me of a very ‘art teachery’ coat my mom had in the 90′s (which I LOVED. it was awesome. take my word for it). And I’m pretty sure ‘safety cone orange’ is going to be THE color to get your hands on. You definitely made me realize that I need more fluro orange sheath dresses.

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      hahahahaha! i love your title for this outfit! and now that you mention it, i do feel very art teacher in this.

  • Angela
    February 13, 2014

    How do you always find the best prints? Such a cute jacket, It would even be great with a t shirt and jeans! And the dress.. tres tres chic! Wool is wonderful- must use more…

    • oonaballoona
      February 13, 2014

      angela, i can’t WAIT to wear this with a t & jeans. just need a good pair of jeans, my old ones died. and GAWD i do not want to sew a pair of jeans!!

  • Heather Lou
    February 13, 2014

    YES.

    Shall I again?

    YESSS.

    That blanket print…. le sigh. So great. I’ve beenw anting to make a slouchy cardy coat in just such a beaut for a while but have yetto stumble over a bolt. Tempted to buy an old Pendeleton blanket and get to cutting.

    AND THAT DRESS? Reminding me so very much of this fierce orange knit dress (same lines and everything) I wore to a TV host audition a few years ago. It was probably the most polished, coolest dress ever but I had to return it to a friend and i’ve been looking for a similar colour/body fabric forever to recreate it. Is there a link to this wool online?

    • oonaballoona
      February 15, 2014

      yes girl! it’s right up in the post, i think WP gets mad if i paste it in the comments–right under the second photo of my bootay. i was worried it would be too itchy but really just the face has a scratchy hand, and the weight is great. just don’t expect yo man to caress you in the dress. but who wants caresses in a power dress?

  • Lori
    February 13, 2014

    Amazing job with the blanket print and a perfect color for you sheath dress, Oona, you always hit a home run.

    • oonaballoona
      February 15, 2014

      i played softball once. i used to pretty much die of happiness if i made it to first, so, very much thank you :)

  • Mary
    February 16, 2014

    LOVELY!!!! I love your dress set. Beautiful colors and great fit. AND – I love your pink dress project on Project Sewn. Didn’t say the pink had to be a solid. You sew so well!!! Happy Landing Oona.

    • oonaballoona
      February 17, 2014

      hahaha thank you mary! that pink does make me feel like i’m taking flight :)

  • Kim
    February 17, 2014

    Beautiful jacket and dress. Looks like a Pendleton wool. if it is, they love to hear about fabrics made up into garments.
    http://thewoolenmillstore.blogspot.com/

  • Peter
    February 19, 2014

    You are the queen of pattern placement! Love the blanket stitch, btw. Great outfit!

  • Darlene
    February 20, 2014

    LOVE wool and this outfit is amazing! Looks awesome on you!

  • Cennetta
    February 25, 2014

    Wow! The whole outfit is fun and fresh.

  • Mary
    March 2, 2014

    Altogether lovely, Oona! Wool is the ticket for me, too. No kinda wool like that in N.C. Enjoy it and stay warm. You did a great job, as usual.