The weather has become decidedly cool, and I found myself wishing for warmer skirts to wear under my coats and capes. Sometimes I am afraid to use my wool that I have found over the years at the thrift store, aware of how expensive it would otherwise be if I hadn’t found it secondhand. But this year I have decided to be braver and use more of it. I still have several pieces, so I hope more wool pieces will find their way to the sewing table and then to be photographed and posted here.
The wool I used to make this skirt is very lovely---very lightweight, with a soft drape----but had some problems when I bought it cheaply from the thrift store. It had been cut into several narrow pieces and had extensive tears and holes around the edges. My first step was to cut the damaged areas off so that the pieces were long rectangles. Then I sewed them together into one large panel that I then used to make a skirt based on my favorite 1970s era Simplicity 7880 skirt pattern. I used waistband interfacing to stiffen the waist, pinked the inner seams, and finished the bottom hem with pale grey lace seam binding, also thrifted. The lace gives the hem a beautifully clean finish, and it doesn’t snag on my boots the way that my folded and sewn hems sometimes do. I like this method of hemming so much that I think I will do it much more often for my skirts and dresses.
I am wearing my new wool skirt with my handmade peter-pan collar shirt, previously reviewed here, and my favorite vintage cape, made of heavy double-faced wool. It is wonderfully warm and comfortable, and ideal for all the walking we do in all kinds of weather. When we were walking to church, a man crossing the other way smiled at my husband and me and told us that we looked like we were ready to go Christmas caroling.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew