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Wool Tweed Molly Jacket

Molly Jacket sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

If you’ve been around Skirt Fixation for a while, you know that I love sewing coats.  Well, much to my delight, Annie outgrew her coat from last winter.  You see, I had the perfect pattern and the perfect fabric just waiting for that very thing.

Molly jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

A while back I found the Molly jacket pattern by Violette Field Threads.  It’s a great pattern with quite a few options for customization.  This pattern comes in 9 sizes from 12 months to 9/10.  I sewed the size 9/10 for Annie.  The Molly jacket can be sewn in 2 lengths, hip or above the knee.  I chose to lengthen the jacket several inches to hit Annie just below the knee.  Instructions are included for including a layer of batting between the lining and main fabric, and we did that for Annie’s new winter jacket.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern can be made into a reversible jacket if you desire.  While Annie’s could probably be reversible, since I used faux fur for just one side of the collar, she will probably wear it only on the one side.  This is a very easy pattern to sew.  While I was making it, I kept thinking I should make bound buttonholes or add in welt pockets or do something to make it more difficult!  But in the end, it was the plain and simple version that won out.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

The other change we made to the Molly jacket pattern was to narrow the sleeves.  If you look at the pattern, you can see they bell out quite a bit at the bottom.  There are instructions for making a gathered sleeve hem, but since we wanted to add a cuff, we decided to just narrow the sleeve.  We will have a tutorial later for adding fur cuffs to this (or any!) jacket pattern.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

More about that fabric!  Several years ago, we were gifted this fabric.  I think it’s a wool tweed, and very stable and warm.  For the lining we used black stretch sateen.  The collar and cuffs are from faux fur.

Molly Jacket sewn by Skirt Fixation

We harvested the buttons from off a different jacket we got at the thrift store.  That’s my new go-to place for buttons.  If you don’t mind hunting a little, you can usually find a garment with pretty unique and numerous buttons for the price of the entire garment!  If you’ve purchased buttons at retail prices lately, you’ll know why I’ve started this new method of sourcing buttons!

Molly Jacket sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

It’s pretty safe to say Annie loves her new jacket!  She wears it every time we go out of this winter.  She says it’s warm, pretty and makes her feel great !

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One Last Winter Skirt

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationToday we have one final winter skirt tutorial for you! Because it’s finally warming up. I drafted this skirt myself, with a lot of math and sweat and so on, but you could probably use Simplicity 5524  to make a similar skirt.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationI made an 8 paneled skirt, where the panels widened at the bottom for a gentle flair. I picked this lightweight wool fabric out of my stash. There is a side zipper. I didn’t worry about pattern matching because I really wanted to different panels to show!  Then I decided it was too plain and needed a little splash of something fun to pick me up out of the winter doldrums.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt Fixation

Enter some red, double fold bias trim, folded (pretty much) evenly to create a pleated hem. Almost there! Then I decided 2 red flowers would be just the ticket, and traced some onto Wonder Under.

Then, I carefully cut out around the flowers, ironed them onto the skirt, and added a little top stitching for extra security.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationNow that’s how you make a skirt pop! I paired this skirt with a plain black button up, but it could easily be dressed down with a tee also.

Plaid skirt with red flowers sewn by Skirt FixationWhat did you do to make it through the last of winter? Did it involve sewing?

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Skirt FACTSination: Wool History: Fabric Series

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To continue our ‘Fabric’ series, today’s Skirt Factsination post is titled Fabric: Wool. Wool history is hard to track down since wool has been around as long as animals have!  Wool is a fiber that we most commonly associate with coming from sheep, but can come from many different animals. For example; cashmere and mohair from goats, qiviut from musk oxen, angora from rabbits, etc, etc. Wool is special because it is crimped, elastic, and grows in clusters. These qualities make it easy to spin, and make the finished products retain heat and have a larger bulk than other fabrics. This makes wool a great winter skirt fabric! Other kinds of fabric also come from wool, such as felt and tweed. We found four great wool skirts on Pinterest that we wish we had now – its been snowing lately!

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1.  The wool maxi skirt.

Tartan and plaid seem to be trends on wool skirts, possibly stemming from kilts………..??? Anyway, this is a really cute skirt, looks very holiday/wintery without looking so ‘Christmasy’ that you can’t wear it at any other time 🙂 We love maxi skirts, and wool ones are the best! I think that this would be cute with a red sweater and black boots for the holidays.

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2.  The wool midi skirt.

Yep, you know me, I had to add one vintage skirt 🙂 Gray also seems to be a trend among wool skirts, and I love the style on this very chicly vintage skirt! I feels kind of sailorish to me, what with the buttons on the side, the high waist, and the big pleats! I would wear this with a blousy white shirt, a red narrow belt, and black vintage heels.

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3.  The classic pleated wool skirt.

This skirt is just an ordinary pleated wool skirt, but it differs from others of the species in its coloring. I like the more summery colors on the gray background, which gives it a kind of unique air. A white large-ribbed sweater and some Keds would look good with this.

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4.  The wool pencil skirt.

Ooooh! I just love this skirt! The pencil-striped pattern give it a very business-woman air, but the asymmetricalness gives it a cute unexpected pop! I would wear black heels, and a white shirt with a black sweater to complement this lovely skirt!

Hope you enjoyed our wool history!  Leave us a comment regarding your favorite wool skirt, or your planned holiday outfit!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.