I know it’s spring out. The calendar tells me so…the weather not so much! You know it’s doing that hot/cold/hot/cold thing that April likes to do. But I sooooo want it to be spring. I want warm breezes and long sunny days with the promise of fun and a wardrobe of dresses that I can wear every day. Because it’s spring although it doesn’t feel like spring, I decided to use a brightly colored lightweight wool crepe to bring a little spring loveliness to my life.
This lime green wool crepe was my starting point. Somewhere I read/saw that Mood Fabrics had new candy colored wool crepes and you know I had to get me some/one. So when Lauren was in NYC and we were fabric shopping in Mood, I picked this up for a quick dress. There is a great selection of wool crepes on MoodFabrics.com also.
This fabric will add a pop of color to my spring wardrobe. However, I didn’t want a plain sheath dress. I wanted a little something extra…more than a basic dress but not so much more that it wouldn’t work with a variety of toppers.
Here is what I came up with…
Can we talk about the fabric? I love working with wool. Not only is it easy to sew but the thread sinks so nicely into the fabric creating the perfect seam. And isn’t that what sewists are looking for ~ THE perfect seam! Also when you add some steam to wool crepe, it molds so easily and retains the shape. It also comes in such amazing colors and prints.
Now I know that wool crepe is thought of as a winter fabric, however, this lightweight wool will wear well into the beginning of summer and again in early fall. Even by adding a rayon lining to the dress, it still was lightweight and easy to wear.
This is a perfect work dress for me made from my tried and true (TNT) dress pattern. I added a pleat to the dress front and embellished it with some white piping. Taking my time and using the best construction techniques that I know, resulted in a great new spring dress. The construction details are highlighted in this blog post.
A few more photos…
I love a great lightweight wool in the spring time. Try it, you will too!