Merino wool inspiration – active yet chic

If you’re not already familiar with Fabric Mart, then I’m sorry to do this to you. Sewists without self control probably shouldn’t click on that link, because you’ll just find crazy cheap fabrics from name brand designers. All the luscious silks, wools, and bamboos you’ve been trying to avoid buying, all at prices that are so insanely reasonable it just would be crazy to not buy a few yards.

What you really shouldn’t do is sign up for their email newsletter, because they’ll just send you tempting emails full of killer deals, like 50% off merino wool jersey in a whole rainbow of awesome colors.

(They’re not paying me for any of this – I’m totally just warning you out of the goodness of my own heart.)

I’ve been on a fabric buying freeze since we moved, because shit, moving is expensive! Plus, having to pack all those boxes of fabric reminded me that I’ve started to verge on hoarders territory. But when Fabric Mart sent me their nefarious newsletter a month ago, I just couldn’t resist snatching up some of this gorgeous merino wool jersey.

Merino wool jersey

Aren’t those colors stunning?

I haven’t cut into any of it yet, because I’m still coming up with inspirations. I’ve pinned a few here:

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I’m wanting to make something that’s sporty enough to work well on a bike – even a more “workout” sort of ride – while still looking cute. I have 2 yards of the green and orange, and 3 yards of the purple, so while I might be able to make a dress out of that, the green and orange will likely turn into tops of some sort.

I’m really loving something like this Equinox Dress from Morphic on Etsy, maybe in the purple (which is a bit heavier weight).

Equinox dress

I also dig this asymmetrical button dress, which seems like it would work in a lighter weight jersey. I could maybe pull that off with 2 yards of fabric. But should I do it in orange or green?

Gathered merino dress

I’ve been wanting a blouse like this Siren Shell from Ureshii, also on Etsy. That would be pretty simple to make.

Siren Shell

What do you guys think?

2 thoughts on “Merino wool inspiration – active yet chic

    • I like the idea of adding a design or doing some color blocking. I think the gorgeous screen printing is a major reason I’m drawn to the dress above.

      Have you ever done screen printing? It seems fun, but I’ve never tried it out.

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