One of my recent makes this winter is a lovely basic, yet not so basic, charcoal grey skirt.
This wool blend fabric was a plague in my sewing room. It was previously a failed garment of mine, Simplicity 3313 – the green jumper on the left.
Darling pattern right?!
My first attempt at Simplicity 3313 was a major fail:
Sighting a poor match between pattern & fabric, I attempted making it second time in that dark charcoal wool. It was much more stable wool fabric, I was certain it would work, being a better fabric match and all.
But it didn’t work. At all. :( It looked just as frumpy as the first time I made it.
Despite being the cutest pattern, Simplicity 3313 & I weren’t meant to be. Instead, I sent it off to a new home and attempted to unpick my stitched jumper to reuse the fabric as something else.
I’ve been longing to make Simplicity 4083 skirt and it seemed like a great match with this wool blend fabric.
I settled on View #1 with those wonderful triangle pockets – and will most certainly make view 2 & 3 in the future.
This wool blend fabric feels like a very thin felt. It’s a dense weave fabric that holds it shape quite well. It must be the addition of poly that helps the wool stay crisp.
I paired this skirt with a 60’s creamy taupe cashmere cardigan that I recently bought.
I think it works well despite the era mismatch.
I’m so glad I used this fabric with this pattern. I am not even wearing a crinoline nor do I have horsehair braid sewn in. The hem just stays nice and full, all on its own.
My only regret is that I should have gone with a darker thread, so that the triangle pockets were more visible. Ahh well.
The skirt was labeled for a 32″ waist – a bit too large for me. It was easy to reduce the side seams of the skirt and make the waistband a bit smaller to fit.
I’m so relieved that my prior (failed) project is no longer torturing me; that I’ve been able to turn it into a wonderful new skirt instead.
Cheers & happy sewing.