A Winter Wool Skirt

Over a year ago, I was reading this post on Miss Victory Violet’s blog and fell in love with her skirt. I decided then and there that I wanted one for myself a similar style, except in wool. So I went on the hunt and found a fabric I thought would do the job back in October. I was determined not to let is languish in the stash as many of my fabric purchases do and so over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend I made a skirt! I’m very pleased that I made something so shortly after the buying the fabric, especially a modern garment.

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The fabric is brown and grey herringbone with a light windowpane in red, pink, and blue. As you can see, the colors blend into more of a subtle texture than you might think when viewed from a normal distance. It’s perhaps more grey than I was envisioning, but that just means a more true brown skirt needs to be in my future, right?

The skirt closes with an invisible zipper and a button tab on the waistband. I did a rather good job matching the pattern while cutting and sewing, I think!

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The skirt is a full 3/4 circle, divided into six gores in order to keep the windowpane under control. I took the time to bind each edge with taupe hug snug, as well as the hem and around the pocket bags. It certainly added time, but makes for such a tidy interior!

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Pockets! The skirt has lovely in seam pockets. I had to get a picture showing them off in use.

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In order to help it keep the skirt keep an A-line shape, I’m wearing a recently acquired petticoat with it. I was inspired to get the petticoat after wearing my Bubble Dots skirt for modern life and feeling that the skirt was too limp. I had saved Lily’s petticoat comparison and went back to it to see what new inspiration I might have. I was re-inspired by her vintage petticoat and set off on a search to find my own for a reasonable price. There are actually sooooo many pretty vintage petticoats out there, but I stayed on track and only purchased the one, which is a slightly stiff netting. The elastic at the top was totally dead, but it was too small for me and too long anyway, so I cut off a few inches at the top, made a new casing, and inserted new elastic. Voila!

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I’m very pleased with the subtle shape this petticoat provides. It’s enough to make my fuller skirts look A-line and more flattering, but not enough that a modern person would think that I’m wearing a petticoat!

And the skirt? It’s great fun to wear. Such a nice, swishy shape. And it’s warm! Perfect for cold winter weather. Especially when worn with my somewhat new Victoria carriage boots! (They’re subtly making an appearance in the first picture and will be making more appearances. I’m wearing them pretty often!)

7 responses to “A Winter Wool Skirt

  1. As always, Quinn, your interiors are just as lovely as the exterior of the garment. And yes, you matched the windowpanes very well indeed! You are so meticulous. Perhaps you would have made a great surgeon.

  2. Cute skirt! And, my absolute favorite way to finish the insides of my skirts as well (especially if I’m not lining them). Hooray for Hug Snug! 🙂

  3. Well yes, you totally need a gray skirt! This one is pretty wonderful though! Love the pockets ava the fact that you took the time to bid the seams!! My binding heroine!!
    Blessings!
    g

  4. Yea for the new wool skirt…and love that vintage petticoat too! I sewed a wool skirt for myself a few years ago and it has been so serviceable, as well as fun, to wear when I’m out and about in winter. A few years ago I danced English Country Dance in it on a day I was not in 18th century attire at Colonial Williamsburg. (This was just a 30 minute program offered by day for the tourists.) Also I ice skated while wearing it in Washington DC last week.
    Laurie

    • Nice! I’ve used mine on multiple days to stay warm during lots of time outside. It’s amazing how much wool does to keep one warm. We’re so used to wearing non-natural fibers that it is a nice change!

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