Sewing with wool

I have a hard time accepting a gift of fabric and then not using some of it right away.  Remember all that wool?  Not to mention that now is the season for wool – brief as it may be here in Los Angeles.
P1130189I made a skirt from the blue plaid,  it is a faux wrap around and looks very cute with boots.P1130182Because it is a narrow skirt it has a long kick pleat, or vent, not sure what the official name is.

P1130199Matching the plaid at the seams is what makes the garment look professional. These days most store bought plaids don’t pay attention to this detail.  Sure the plaid ‘matches’ but not really.

P1130196Another sign of a well made wool skirt – the lining. Helps it hang better as well as makes it more comfortable.

P1130203And a close up without the belt.  I hope to get a lot of use out of this, we are having a cold wet winter.

I’m also still loving sewing with knits, I’m so happy with my first Wren that I made another.P1130163I’m even trying to come up with new poses.  This version has the narrower skirt. The fabric is from JoAnn’s and I must say I am very pleased with it.  JoAnn’s is pretty good at keeping up with trends, just two years ago their knit section was very meager, a few stripes and solids. Today they are offering some very cute knits. I love how bright and colorful this is.P1130141Another change I made was to cut the back with less of an opening at the neck line. Looking at this photo it still looks quite exposed. This will be fine for a summer dress – yes I will be using this pattern often- but I need my neck warm.  Aging isn’t fun,  a lot of warmth escapes from my neck and shoulders now, which means I get to wear many of my shawls, but that includes when I wear this cute dress!

P1130168Side view.

P1130179The number of photos I take is pretty large, first run through is looking at the pictures in the camera and eliminating the real failures, then I download and go through a couple of weeding out sessions. Then it’s on to the editing program, I use PicMonkey. So the final result is a good grouping of photos.



3 thoughts on “Sewing with wool”

  1. Hi Leah….enjoy reading your blog. Love your dress and skirt. You look great!! I’ve been wanting to make garment with knit fabric but not sure what kind of thread to use. Did you use regular sewing thread or a stretchy kind with knit fabric?

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