Wendy writes—the cooler weather is settling in and our collection of wool and wool blend fabrics is looking invitingly cosy. The wonderful thermal properties of wool can rarely be matched, and our range varies from the softest wool gauze to heavy wool coatings.
One of our most popular wool fabrics has been a “boiled” type wool/viscose blend. This is a stable, medium weight, easy to sew fabric with some draper, two “right” sides and needs no finishing on the raw edges. There are a few Tessuti patterns (available in store) which make a perfect choice, but our clever customers have found this fabric works just as well in skirts, tunics, jackets and dresses. My navy shawl collared jacket/cardigan is still looking good in this fabric and this is its 5th winter! We have a few colours available this season including 2 which are pure wool.
We have often told our customers that a simple garment, sewn well and made in a beautiful fabric, can look every bit as chic as a very complicated tailored pattern. An A-line skirt in one of our wools is a good example. This garment flatters most figure types, is easy to fit, and can be made in any length using any of wool weights from plain to plaids. The skirt can be as simple as 2 side seams and a waistband, or add a centre front and back seam, make it a wrap and eliminate the zipper, just add tights and boots and let our fabric do the rest.
Editors note: We have been trying to source more colours of boiled wool, finding it rather challenging. We have finally found some, but unfortunately they will not be in Australia until late this year. I will take delivery of them early next year - too late for this winter, but in time for next winter!