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Who's wearing wool?

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A number of weeks back I previewed this skirt as I was drafting the pattern and preparing the fabric.  I'd worked with wool before but this one was tricky as the fabric had a somewhat loose weave that wanted to stretch and unravel when I worked with it.  Thanks to Claire Schaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide, I held it all together!  Here's the finished product:

CB was one of the guests at my first skirt party, and she managed to pick out two beautiful fabric pieces that I found hidden in thrift shops.  The dark/light mauve herringbone came from The Economy Shop in Oak Park, and I uncovered this thick black/slate herringbone in the Goodwill Shop on Harlem Ave:

AS, a new client, ordered a couple of yoked skirts, one in Heather Bailey's PopGarden Red (my third skirt with this fabric!) and one in a more conservative black/slate herringbone wool.  She added some personality to the wool by choosing these buttons:

This is the same style that I made for my friend Malinda (Christmas present) last year:

I must have wool on my mind (is that called wool-ly brain?) because this pattern caught my eye as I was reading the Threads pattern reviews:

Butterick B5707

The review recommends using wool crepe.  I picture the draped neck version with a shorter length (at/above knee) and a bright wool fabric like one of these.  What do you think?  Which reminds me that I have more to say on these retro designs for a later post . . .



FW11314C Oxidized Copper Solid Suiting
Oxidized Copper Wool Crepe
FW11291C Fuchsia Solid Crepe
Fuchsia Wool Crepe

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