Posts Tagged ‘Wool’

Faux Wool for Vegan Customer?

Hello, I have been searching, for some weeks now, for a new winter coat. I have a specific style in mind and after scowering the internet for so long, my search was for not. The style is pretty much the coat worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the new Sherlock series. Instead though, for my own twist I want a black coat, instead of the blue, and (the biggie) I am a vegan, so I would most definitely want a fabric not from animals. In my search the only place I have found that can custom make such a coat is overseas and the seller is saying they can make the coat from linen and cotton. This coat is something I plan to keep for years and, seeing as just today the temperature here was 24 at noon, I NEED something warm. Desperately. I am a bit skeptic that the linen will keep me warm in this very cold fall weather, let alone winter. So, my questions are: am I being skeptical for no reason? Can a winter coat made of linen keep you warm? If not, what are some vegan/animal friendly fabrics good for winter coats that I could purchase and send to the maker/seller? And where could I find these fabrics? I have also been trying to search for faux wool fabric to buy, but I cannot seem to find it anywhere unless I want 1000+ meters of it. (No thank you) If anyone could help me it would be a blessing from the skies! Thank you for your time. By: Elizabeth

Pilling of Wool Silk Blend?

Hello Experts  I have a brand new Hart Shaffner Marx Sport Coat, about 50 50 wool silk blend, bought yesterday.  I see in the light pills everywhere.  Is this normal, or should I return it?  Would it be acceptable to use my fabric “shaver” to remove the pills, and if I do, would it weaken the fabric and/or cause even more pills in the future?  It’s interesting to have such a well known, made in USA brand, have so many pills.  Aparently evenly spread across the jacket, not in wear points.  Thank you very much for any advice you can offer.  James Rispoli By: james rispoli

Wool Dryer Balls Revisited

Image via Flickr   In November 2012 I wrote an article on “Help Is Here For Shocking Static Electricity” explaining about how the 100% wool dryer balls eliminated static electricity.  Now almost 6 months later I am happy to report that they still work.  During the really cold months when the houses in the Northwest are heated and have very low humidity, I put two small safety pins in one of the balls as an added insurance. In addition to eliminating the static electricity problem, the clothes and linens come out of the dryer with fewer wrinkles.  I am very impressed! The Internet Store where I purchased mine is The Stoney Mountain Farm.  I see that they now have kits for Do-It-Yourself Wool Dryer Balls for a lower price.  Stoney Mountain also carries wool yarn, roving and wool batting for quilts.   Enjoy! Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life. We do not accept reimbursement of any kind for our reviews.

Beautiful Wool Satin Gabardine Dress!

Image via Flickr Before writing this article I searched for Wool Satin Gabardine on the Internet.  The first mention I saw was from a well known information site that stated that there is no such thing as Wool Satin Gabardine.  Well, I felt like I needed to fasten my seat belt before going any further.  The writer went on to explain that satin is a synthetic fabric that is shiny on one side and dull on the other.  The correct answer which can be found in any textile reference book, is that satin is a weave, not a fabric.  Satin can be made from various fibers. One of my favorite wool fabrics is Wool Satin Gabardine which is 100% wool, has a satin face, comes in many colors and is a tropical weight wool.  I have been sewing with this fabric for about 20 years and it has never disappointed me.  One of our customers, Lynette,  made her Mother Of The Bride dress out of this fabric and also used our silk chiffon and a lining of China silk.  The finished product is just beautiful! Lynette loves to create and made her own pattern.  The inset of Silk Chiffon was not easy, especially the narrow neck band.     From the front you can see the simple design of the dress.  If you sew, you will know that a simple design is the most difficult design because there is no room for error.         The neck band is a narrow piece of bias folded and sewn on the neckline.  The band is then pressed to the inside where it is tacked down by hand.     I know that I have said this to you before, Lynette, but “Well Done!” Judith Judith@fabrics.net Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.

What to Look for When Selecting Black Slacks

  Image via Flickr   Jaynejo posted a question on Facebook:  “I would like to purchase a pair of dress wool slacks.  I live in a warm climate but sometimes travel to cooler climates.  Can you teach me what to look for.”   I love answering questions like this because planning a purchase before going shopping saves time and money.  Instead of going from store to store to store and trying on slacks after slacks, an online search for specific criteria narrows the number of stores down to only those that carry the specific article of clothing.   First step is to develop criteria or specific features you would like to have in your pair of black wool slacks.  To do this I asked Jaynejo the name or type of her current favorite slacks and why she likes them.  Her favorites are Briggs of New York Women’s Curvey  Pant and Lee Comfort  fit  Straight Leg  Stretch Twill.   She likes these two pair because: Stretch or give Little or no wrinkling Comfort Waist   I then asked her why she wanted  wool slacks instead of another type of fabric.  Jaynejo was introduced to Merino wool by Jan Ditchfield of Ditchfield Designs,  Australia.   Jaynejo then read the Fabrics.net article on Merino wool and decided that this type of wool was something she would enjoy wearing.  She found Merino wool yarn and has made several sweaters that really suit her purposes:  Comfort from temps in desert to mountains, cruises.  Merino wool regulates temperature by being warm when needed or cool when needed and can be dressy or casual depending on the weight and style.   Further criteria based on lifestyle and use of garment.  Jaynejo travels at least half of the year from Australia to Arizona to Colorado to Ireland on cruises or airplane or car.   Since the Merino wool recommendation was exactly what she loves, she decided that wool slacks would be an important addition to her wardrobe.   Putting all of the criteria together wool slacks would ideally have the following: Stretch or give Little or no wrinkling Comfort waist Merino wool Washable or dry clean Now it is time to go shopping online.   Although the current season is summer and finding a pair of wool slacks might be difficult, Jaynejo isn’t in a hurry.  My search of the internet resulted in three pairs of wool slacks. Since the Merino wool article at Fabrics.net mentioned Ibex, I checked with their web site and found Ibex 101 explains their wool…
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What are the Popular Fabrics Used in Islamic Fashions?

Islamic fashion is responsible for some of the most high-quality and desirable garments available in the present day.  Whether it is a stylish kaftan dress, a comfortable abaya cloak, or a colourful hijab, all are standout items for modern Muslim women.     What allows items of clothing to meet and live up to these definitions, however? The style of clothes is primarily responsible for them appearing desirable Furthermore, the cut and fit of garments is often seen as a sign of the quality Perhaps biggest of all indicators, the fabrics and textiles used in clothing There is no doubt that all of these elements are present in Islamic fashion in some way. Given that many modern Islamic fashion pieces centre on the fabrics used, and how these work to put together a quality garment, we decided to explore this element of the niche.       What are the most widely used fabrics and textiles, and why? You might be surprised, as the results are not much different from contemporary styles. Silk The biggest difference is the way in which silk is used in Islamic fashion. Is there a more luxurious fabric in existence? Whether it is a dressing gown, a shirt, or undergarments, silk has a huge presence when it comes to style in the modern world. In terms of Islamic fashion, it fits in perfectly with the need to be modest while also creating a luxurious feeling of comfort and confidence for the wearer. Although silk garments are associated more with special occasions, it is still possible to find abaya cloaks or jilbabs that are made from silk and are perfect for wearing to the office. You could wear them around the house, but the real means of silk is to make a defining statement about yourself. While garments produced solely from silk are popular, the material is also widely used for producing the detail elements on many other items. Stitched in designs around cuffs and necklines are commonly made from silk, either alone or mixed with cotton to create a different texture against the main garment. The traditional hijab headscarf is also commonly made of silk, giving a luxurious look as well as keeping women cool during the hotter months. Cotton Cotton is popular across all of Islamic fashion, but is perhaps best utilized in kaftan dresses, as well as in other varieties of hijab. The use of cotton is prominent throughout the fashion world for its comfort and ease of washing, characteristics that…
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Wool vs Viscose Tuxedo

A company does not have the wool tux he wants but they want to sell him a super 150 viscose tux instead? Is the quality, longevity similar? By: Mare black