Sewing Circle: A Yard of Wool
This time, Heather Feather of Feather's Flights asked...
Q: I'm in a tailoring class so I am making a nice, custom wool coat for myself. It's a thick (like a blanket!) black and white tweed. It's a simple single-breasted collared coat that's mid-thigh length. It's beautiful, but I have about a yard left. It was expensive so I want to use it to make something else. What can I make with it? Would it me weird to have a matching skirt? Thanks so much about your help!
A: Hi Heather,
Thanks so much for your question! I do have some ideas for you!
With a yard of coat or blanket-weight wool, it is tough to use it without being totally encumbered by bulk. Of course a skirt would work (not too weird to have a matching skirt, could look very chic with something black on top), but you've got to be careful about the style of skirt. Anything with fullness, small piece details, pleats, possibly even an A-line skirt could probably be too bulky, not comfortable to wear, and 3-D where you don't want it to add thickness! I think your best bet for a skirt is a pencil skirt with a kick pleat in the center back, very 60's retro (they did use some heavy materials back then, I've seen vintage skirts that are heavy!).
You also could make a hat of some kind, sculptural or vintage-ey, either with a brim and band (again, be careful about small pieces that will be taken up with a thick seam allowance) or in a perched-on-the-head pillbox, cap, or little style. Depending on the wool, it might steam and shape well and look great as a hat, with the right millinery. If you wear hats ever, of course. Here's a pattern for a cloche-type winter hat:
And some more styles, Vogue V8440:
Here's a versatile scarf/shawl combo (sharf!) on Delia Creates:
Use a simple pattern and make it a fairly plain style so the fabric speaks for itself. And with a heavy wool, gathers or lots of pockets might not work well with the fabric.
This appliance cover from Design*Sponge (tutorial there, too!)
And, as the holidays come up, you may find seasonal uses, too! A black and white Christmas theme, and make some stockings or table runners?
And when you just have the little scraps left, you can make fabric flowers.
Readers, what other ideas do you have for Heather?