The Glories of Wool

Wool is a fabulous natural fiber fabric that sometimes overlooked.  For centuries, woven wool garments were the standard garb of rich and poor alike.  While traditionally wool is thought of as a warm fabric that gives protection from the cold, the insulating properties of wool can also help the wearer stay cool in warm weather.

Wool is a preferred fabric for tailored garments.  Traditional tailoring methods use heat to set the shape of many garment details.  Wool is ideal for tailoring because it withstands the heat of repeated steam pressing.

Some people have difficulty wearing wool because it irritates their sensitive skin.  If you have had problems with wool, try a wool blend and line it with a soft, non-irritating fabric such as polyester or cotton.  If your skin is extra sensitive to wool, this may not fix the problem, but it is worth a try.

Because of its texture, wool tends to cling to other similarly textured fabrics. Linings eliminate the friction between fabrics and are standard in wool garments even if you do not have sensitive skin. A lined wool jacket is easier to put on and take off, because the lining fabric slips easily over the blouse or dress that the jacket is worn with.  Satin and habutaeare ideal lining materials for wool fabrics.

Pink Wool

Beautiful neutral colors such as black, grey, and navy are traditional woolen fabric colors.  Today, wool fabric is also available in bright hues such as red, green, turquoise, and even hot pink or cerise as well as in patterns.

Herringbone, tweed, houndstooth, and plaid are classic wool patterns; they are ideal for jackets and skirts.  When purchasing a plaid wool fabric, keep in mind that you will need to buy a little extra in order to match the pattern.

Image Berkshire plaid wool

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