Last winter Boden had a yellow wool skirt for sale; I really liked it, but the price, and the fact that I don't look good in yellow, kept me from buying it. And then I started seeing yellow skirts all over the interwebs. I mean everywhere. There is even a Yellow Skirt Gang which I didn't even know about until recently. I decided my yellow skirt should be wool since winter is upon us. My search for a suitable yellow wool in Richmond turned up nothing, and my relentless internet search was fruitless; yellow simply doesn't translate well on computer monitors - it always looks beige so you are unable to figure out how bright, how green, or how mustardy the yellow is that you are looking at.
So in December I had a business conference in NYC and I was determined to go to Mood Fabrics. I tried to go last year when I attended the same conference, but I wasn't able to find the store and went to B&J Fabrics instead (where I ended up buying nothing because I was too overwhelmed by choice). This year I was prepared, and based on my Rome fabric shopping experience, I realized that having an action plan was key. During my interminable conference, I wrote up my shopping list:
1. Yellow wool;
2. A chambray-looking linen;
3. Black eyelet.
Armed with my smart phone, I discovered Mood was opened until 7:00 pm, and I found it at the end of the day, skipping the elevator and walking up three flights of stairs, wearing my Gertie coat. I was half-hoping Gertie would be there (how cool would it be to meet Gertie wearing the Gertie coat???), but alas, I saw no pink hair.
Yellow wool is easy to spot and I found the perfect mustardy yellow wool and bought 3 yards - all they had - even though I really only needed a yard for the pattern I had in mind. I also found a good chambray-looking linen, but I struck out on the black eyelet. Here's my haul:
So after about a year and half I had scored the exact yellow wool I had in mind . . . and then I went home to Cotton Creek, Alabama, and wasn't able to sew with it. It was on my mind constantly, though, and the very night I flew back to Richmond, VA, I put down my suitcases and went straight to my sewing room and pulled out my TNT skirt pattern, McCalls 3341:
I have been using it for years - my pattern envelope has a copyright of 2001 - and it is still in print. I would recommend that anyone looking for an easy skirt pattern consider this one, especially if you a beginner sewer. It's a simple A-line skirt with only two darts in front and two in back. No waistband, just a facing instead. Right now, I have nine of these skirts hanging in my closet made in wool, cotton, and rayon. I like view D, which is the red above-the-knee version on the envelope.
So here it is, an unexciting photo:
I wore it to work today with a black turtleneck sweater my mother gave me for Christmas, black tights, and black boots. I figured as long as the yellow wasn't near my face, I'd be OK, coloring-wise:
You can see the wrinkling from sitting, but fortunately, the wrinkles don't last - this wool is very fluid and forgiving.
I really loved wearing this skirt today - it was my first work day of 2014, and going to work is always a little more fun when I have something new to wear! The yellow is exactly as I envisioned it, and having such a bright fun skirt is wonderful for winter.
I ended up lining it with the lining fabric I used in my Gertie coat since I had quite of bit of it.
I decided against using the yellow wool for the facings since wool can be itchy. Instead, I used some of the leftover tablecloth fabric I used to make my 1970's skirt last summer. All these different fabrics make the inside look pretty groovy, but I like the effect and no one can see them but me:
All in all, this came out as I envisioned, and I couldn't be more pleased. And the best part: I get to start working on my Tippi Hedren suit!