Thursday, September 30, 2010

In Praise of Wool

Wool is such a great fabric - nothing gives warmth like it - why don't clothing manufacturers ever seem to use it any more? I'm in love with wool for autumn and winter wear, since I hate bulky layers which make me look like a heffalump, and with wool you can get away with quite lightweight fabrics and still be warm. I have three gorgeous wool dresses in my wardrobe, in burgundy, Persian blue and forest green. To add to these I'm planning to sew a red wool jumper dress, and if that goes well probably a plaid jumper dress from the same pattern. And so many more - I'd love to make up a true forties dress in wool like one of the ones below (the angora styles from 1940 look especially cosy).

December 1940

September 1943

September 1945

September 1947 & February 1948


  1. They DO look nice, I have layers too, it's not very flattering for any figure, is it? Wool dresses are lovely.

  2. Hiya!
    just to let you know I've tagged you in a post on my blog I hope you don't mind heres the link if you want to take a look. I love Wool! I'm making my Lady Grey coat in a mustard wool, Just a fabric you want to cuddle up in!
    Have a fab day!
    Stevie x

  3. I am really into wool at the moment too - and, depending what you are after, it can be thrifted at charity shops alot at the moment. And ebay. Wool skirts are my favourite at the moment! I wish I could knit - but, alas, the talent escapes me!

  4. I had a 40s wool dress so similar to the first one but sold it. Wool makes me so so itchy!

  5. Would love to, but I also can't wear wool against my skin as I itch also!


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