Who doesn’t love to wear wool in the winter time?
I feel like a broken record when I start singing the praises of wool, but foreal you guys—this stuff is awesome. It’s super warm and cozy, breathes very well (so you don’t get overheated in all that warm and cozy-ness), and it’s also antimicrobial, which means it naturally repels odors. Which means now you know why I wear so much wool and still manage to keep up with the laundry – it doesn’t need to be washed very frequently! Airing out is fine for day-to-day. Yay for being lazy!
So obviously, I was ready to bust the wool out just as soon as the temperatures started dipping. I love the selection of wools at Mood Fabrics—so much to choose from, so many colors and weights and PLAIDS GALORE.
My wool plaid skirt was made using a piece of lightweight wool plaid suiting and the Zinnia pattern. I didn’t take any special precautions when sewing this—it’s wool, it’s just easy! The stitches sink in (bad for unpicking, but great for hemming since you can’t see the top stitching ;)), it presses beautifully, and as weird as this is gonna sound—it was really fun to cut, too. My scissors just sliced right through that yardage. I love the colors and it looks just as good paired with black as it does with navy. Double duty fabric and all that.
I left the skirt unlined and shortened the hem by about 3″ so I could have a mini. The waistband is cut on the bias and, despite what you might think you see, I promise that the plaid matches up at the side seams 🙂
I also made my top using—duh, more wool! This is a Calvin Klein wool jersey, also from Mood Fabrics (attached link isn’t the same color, looks like they’re sold out of the gray, SORRY, but it’s the same fabric type) and it is deeeelicious. So soft and cozy, and not itchy at all! I used the Renfrew pattern and made the cowl version with 3/4 sleeves. I just love the way the fabric drapes at the cowl – it has enough body so it’s not droopy, yet it’s also not huge and standing up on it’s own or anything.
After finishing up my wool twinset, I felt like I needed to make just oneeee more thing—so I pulled my Renfrew pattern back out, and whipped up this little navy t-shirt! I used a rayon jersey from Mood Fabrics that’s been in my stash for ages—originally considered for leggings, until I realized that it was a tiny bit too sheer, a.k.a. I would be baring my bum. I’m so glad I found a use for it, though, because it is some of the most luxurious fabric I have ever handled! It may just be a rayon knit, but it’s silky smooth and amazing. I really wish I had it in every color!
The best part about this outfit is that each piece works together or separately. (Well… with other things. Don’t worry, I won’t leave the house pantless or anything creepy like that haha). Which is awesome because I have a lot of hand-knit sweaters that will look beautiful with this skirt or with the cowl peeking out. Wool sweaters, of course 🙂