Completed: Wool Crepe Mirambell Skirt

30 Nov

Look – it’s two of my favorite things, rolled into one! Wool crepe + rust orange. YES!

Mirambell Skirt

I haven’t sewn with wool crepe in ages, which is weird because I consider it one of my favorite fabrics. Since my life is so… casual now, I really just wear a lot of pants, tshirts, and button ups. Dresses only happen if they are knit, and anything remotely resembling a suit hasn’t graced my body in about 5 years. Lol, remember when I worked in an office and had to dress up for work? Yeah. That was a long time ago.

Anyway, wool crepe! I love it! I love how squishy and soft it is, I love how it drapes and hangs off the body, I love the rich color. I love working with it – it’s easy to cut, easy to sew, rarely frays, and responds to pressing like a fucking dream. I love wearing it because it’s warm and comfortable, but also looks polished. Wool crepe, where have you been? Why did I forsake you? I’m so sorry.

Mirambell Skirt

This wool crepe is from Mood Fabrics, which I found in the store when I was in NYC a few months ago. There is a nice selection of wool crepes online if you aren’t local, but I love the opportunity of being able to go to the store and actually see/feel the fabrics before committing to one. This particular fabric is the result of a rare instance where I went to Mood with a specific fabric I was looking for (my lists are usually pretty vague – x amount of knit for a tshirt, for example) and amazingly, somehow managed to find (despite the selection in that store, I feel like they rarely have the specific things I want haha. Which is why I usually end up with vague lists!). But, no – for this skirt, I wanted wool crepe in either rust orange or saffron yellow. And I actually found it! Amazing!

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

The pattern I used is the Mirambell Skirt from Pauline Alice. It’s actually the second version I made – my first one was a sheer navy cotton/silk blend. It’s beautiful; maybe someday I’ll get around to blogging about it lol. Anyway, I originally bought the pattern specifically for that fabric – I was envisioning something similar, and then the pattern appeared on my radar a few days later. The pattern features a high waist with a curved waistband, topstitched pleats, and shaped pockets. There are two versions – one that closes with an invisible zipper, and one with buttons down the front. It is, admittedly, pretty similar to the Colette Zinnia, which I have made twice before (see: one, two). Between the two, I absolutely prefer the Mirambell. I always felt like the shape of the Zinnia was a little off – it tends to flare right about the hips, which is weird. Even topstitching the pleats further down did nothing to rectify this. Also, the inseam pockets on the Zinnia contribute to that flare – which isn’t an issue with the Mirambell, since the shape of the pockets makes them life more flat. The Mirambell does have a shaped waistband, but that can easily be straightened if you hate it. Anyway, my two cents!

I made a size 36, with no further fitting adjustments. The waist is just perfect on me – it’s fitted, but not uncomfortably tight. I love the length, although I’ll tell ya I was tempted to make it incredibly short.

One thing I did change was to add a lining, because I tend to wear wool crepe during tights season and it’s just easier to add a lining than deal with a slip. This is not included in the instructions, but it was easy to figure out (I’d already done this for my aforementioned prior version anyway, so I knew what I was getting into). I used china silk (originally from Mood, and languishing in my stash for the past year or so) and cut a second skirt out of it (I taped the pocket piece to the skirt front since there’s a slash where the pocket goes on the outside… man I hope that makes sense haha), 2″ shorter than the skirt I cut out of my crepe. I assembled each skirt individually as instructed (omitting the pockets on the lining), and then attached the lining to the waist seam of the outer skirt before attaching the waistband. Easy and effective! China silk is not my favorite fabric to work with as it’s INCREDIBLY shifty, but occasionally I’ll take one for the team if I feel like the end result will be worth it. This was one of those instances. The entire making of this skirt was just really fun and satisfying.

Mirambell Skirt

Here is the inside with the lining. Sorry about the wrinkles, that’s just the nature of silk.

What else? I finished all my seams with pinking shears, since the wool doesn’t fray and it was also going to be lined. I love using pinking shears, they feel so quaint and sweet haha.

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

Mirambell Skirt

Overall, a very happy skirt that combines my favorite color *and* my favorite fabric! Double bonus in that it looks so good with my polka dot chambray button up I made back in 2014. I’ve been trying to stick with a general color palette so that my pieces coordinate (and I don’t have any weird closet orphans), and this skirt is a great addition to that.

*Note: The fabrics used for this project (skirt) were provided to me by Mood Fabrics, in exchange for my participation in the Mood Sewing Network.

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40 Responses to “Completed: Wool Crepe Mirambell Skirt”

  1. bethnegrey November 30, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    Love that waistband — and the stitched-down pleats are gorgeous. The pocket seams to fit into the skirt so well. And thanks for those instructions and pics re the lining. I’m much more of a hands-on learner than I ever realized, but I’ve always known I’m extremely visual so this really helps. Are you making anything special for Christmas?

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      Thank you so much! I’m actually planning to make a holiday dress with some amazing brocade I bought, but I better get cracking on that as the holiday season is officially starting and I haven’t even chosen a pattern yet, ha! πŸ™‚

  2. Deborah November 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Wow! I made some wool crepe pants just this color some 30 plus years ago. Wore them for a year or two everywhere. Loved those pants, and then I fell down and tore a bad hole in the knee. They were not repairable (sadly). Thanks for reminding me of a lovely memory.

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:11 am #

      It sounds like you need to make another pair!

  3. Stephanie Hull November 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    On my monitor the crepe looks much more red than orange, which feels very festive/holiday appropriate to me. Yay for fancy clothes!

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      I think that’s just my terrible photo quality πŸ™‚ I hate taking pictures inside but even more than that I hate standing outside when it’s freezing haha! But yeah, it’s super festive! I love fancy clothes!!

  4. Becky November 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    This is gorgeous. I am jealous. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:12 am #

      You should make one too! We could match!

  5. Staci Flowers Carpenter November 30, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Girl! That skirt is the bomb! And I love the combo with the chambray button down. But can we also talk about your gorgeous hair?!?!?! You totally rock Autumn! Absolutely beautiful and fantastically coordinated πŸ™‚ Love all of this!!! Hugs!

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      Haha thank you!! I asked my stylist to deepen my red last time we touched up and this is what she came with! I LOVE it!! Even if it’s not a natural redhead, I’m a redhead at heart πŸ™‚ Autumn foreverrrrr!!! haha!

  6. steelyseamstress November 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    I’ve not sewn any wool crepe and looks like I really should! This skirt is lovely and works so well with your polka dot shirt.

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      It’s amazing, you should definitely give it a try!

  7. Carolyn November 30, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    The skirt is cute but everything you make is cute! However, I agree about wool crepe…love it! Especially the elusive wool crepe with a printed pattern on it!

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      Thank you, Carolyn! As a fellow wool crepe lover, I knew you’d appreciate this! πŸ™‚

  8. Catherine Burbank November 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Beautiful! And I think the length is perfect, if it was inches shorter it would remind me of a cheerleader and you would need pompoms!

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:14 am #

      Hahah good point! Glad I kept it longer πŸ™‚

  9. Cindy ellis November 30, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

    Beautiful with the chambray blouse! Good length too. Great colors for a redhead. I will follow you more often as I too am a redhead.

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:14 am #

      Thank you! I’m not a natural redhead, but I’m a redhead at heart πŸ™‚

  10. Robyn November 30, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Looks fantastic! Do you know a good tutorial for placing an invisible in a lined garment? I tried it on a pleated skirt and it turned out pretty hacked. Thanks!

  11. Kristine November 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    How do you usually pre-treat and launder your wool crepes? I just got my first ever cut of a wool crepe and I want to treat it right.

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:16 am #

      I just wash them on cold and hang them to dry, the same way I pretreat all my wools. I imagine you could also dry clean them, but I refuse to dry clean anything haha

      • Kristine December 1, 2017 at 9:21 am #

        Thank you! I also refuse to dry clean, but have had a bad experience using the delicate cycle on my machine, even on cold, so I use the machine to tub wash. I’ll try that on a swatch, the texture of the crepe makes me nervous. I don’t want to wreck it!

        Thanks again for the tip.

        • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:23 am #

          Oh yeah, that’s a good point – always swatch if you are unsure! Sometime I cut multiple swatches and try different cycles or even putting them in the drier to see if they change or how much they shrink. Better to ruin a swatch than the whole yardage haha. And you can certainly wash in the tub – I’ve just found my machine does fine on cold, so I stick with that πŸ™‚

  12. Charlotte E December 1, 2017 at 2:00 am #

    I love everything about this skirt! I’ve never hear of wool crepe before so I’ll have to go check it out. Would it be itchy without a lining? Oh and team pinking shears all the way! I bloody love mine πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      I don’t think it’s itchy at all, but I don’t typically find wool very itchy. However, I would definitely line it (or plan on wearing a slip) if you are going to wear this with tights, bc it is very grabby.

  13. Angelle December 1, 2017 at 4:20 am #

    What a beautiful skirt! That wool crepe is amazing 😍

  14. LinB December 1, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Who would not love wool crepe? Since you’ve lined it, you won’t even have to clean it that often. Happy Season of Rust (and Aubergine, and Cranberry, and Forest Green, and such)!

    • LLADYBIRD December 1, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      Yess!! My favorite colors πŸ˜€

  15. Donna December 1, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    My daughter fell in love with a linen/cotton blend fabric for the Mirambell. Had to convince her that, even after washing, the fabric would be too stiff/structured for a Mirambell. Have a soft, drapey pinwale corduroy set aside for the Mirambell and will use the linen for a Hollyburn. Thinking of lining it with a lapped zip (have seen your tutorial) rather than invisible zip because of the weight and stiffness of the fabric. Have lined an Anna dress, but not a skirt. Have seen the technique of sewing the lining to the waistband. Would I insert the zipper the fold the waistband over and stitch in the ditch? Hand sew the lining to the zipper tape after? Having trouble visualizing how it all fits together with the zipper and lining. Could you list the steps? Or would I insert the lining differently? Or…..? Not a rank beginner, but still learning. Thanks!

    • Donna December 1, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

      Guess the best option would be to attach the lining to the main skirt at the waist, like you did for the Mirambell, then put in the zip and finish the waistband as normal, yes?

    • LLADYBIRD December 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      I would leave the lining free when you attach the zipper and then just hand stitch it closed. I think that would be the easiest way to do it!

      • Donna December 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

        Thanks, Lauren! Getting ready to install the zipper now.

  16. Margi Varnum December 2, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    I loved the way the lining side looked with the layering! Now wondering what fabrics to use to still show off wonderful details of the right side out with both layers nice and flowy. (yah, I know, use a different patternπŸ™) I’m a big fan of one pattern multiple versions.
    Margi

    • LLADYBIRD December 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

      Yeah, I love getting multiple uses out of one pattern!

  17. Nina December 2, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Such a classic, sweet skirt – really suits you. Also good to know your your thoughts on this pattern v Zinnia; I actually haven’t bought another Colette pattern since finding the armscye/sleeve on the Laurel dress to be somehow just not right… Tell me, do you have some special pinking shears? Because I always hate using mine, I’ve used 3 different pairs and they’ve all been very heavy and stiff.

    • LLADYBIRD December 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      I have this pair of pinking shears from The Shop Company and I really love them! They are much more lightweight than my Ginghers, making them easier to use with less hand cramping πŸ™‚

  18. Anonymous December 7, 2017 at 3:42 am #

    “Closet orphans” …. love it!

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