Have you ever sewn with summer weight wool? This skirt was our 1st time sewing with it, and our review. We used the Fumeterre Skirt pattern from Deer and Doe to sew with our summer weight wool.
Summer weight wool is much lighter than regular wool. It seems like it might have a slightly looser weave too as I never got too hot wearing this skirt on a very hot summer day. It does have the slight itchiness that regular wool has.
This summer weight wool from CaliFabrics has a beautiful herringbone pattern. The fabric really is so stunning that I decided buttons of any color would detract from the whole effect of the skirt so I made covered buttons. (That was a fiasco in itself and took 3 different orders and returns to get the right buttons, but I digress!!!) I also spaced the buttons much closer together than the pattern recommends because I was going for a vintage look. Do you think I achieved it?
When I first made this skirt I didn’t pull the back elastic tight enough, and it kept slipping down through the day. Fortunately, I like it enough to want to wear it a lot, so I fixed the elastic issue immediately!
One more thing to know about summer weight wool, it is laundered in the same manner as regular wool, so plan to dry clean instead of washing and drying your finished garment.
Of course I needed a new top to go with this skirt just like last time! (And if you look closely, you’ll notice that I can mix and match both the tops and skirts!) It pays to plan ahead…
For a summer top, I chose to use Art Gallery Fabric voile from Cali Fabrics. This vine fabric is so gorgeous, and if you look waaaaaayyyyy back on the blog, you’ll see this isn’t our 1st time using this fabric! As with all the Art Gallery Fabric voile we’ve used, the quality is supreme. One thing we love about this voile is it’s stable enough to work with, but lightweight enough to wear all day long on a hot summer day. And it’s just opaque enough to not have to wear a layer underneath, adding to it’s comfort-on-a-hot-day status.
We used the Amherst Shirt pattern from Hey June Patterns. (This is actually the 3rd one we sewed, see the others here and here.) This time we used the sleeve from the Lucerne Blouse because of that FUN tie detail.
We used a shot cotton for the inner yoke and neckband, and added our Dutch Label Shop tag, of course. On this one we included 1 rounded pocket. As you can see, we didn’t match the pattern perfectly on the pocket, but we still love the effect.
This outfit is absolutely stunning and one we’ll be wearing VERY often all summer long! And as we said in our original review of this shirt, there’s place in our closets for all 3 Hey June Patterns shirt patterns: the Cheyenne, the Willamette, and the Amherst.
And for those of you with amazing memories, this is another outfit from our Make 9 in 2020 goals!
Top Pattern: Amherst Shirt by Hey June Patterns
Top Fabric: Kladi Under Shadow cotton lawn from CaliFabrics
Skirt Pattern: Fumeterre Skirt from Deer & Doe
Skirt Fabric: Herringbone Brushed Wool Suiting from CaliFabrics