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Calendria
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Date: 12/31/11 7:43 PM

i am trying to make a winter overgarment. its sort of a religious article of clothing. sort of like an oversized dress or long jacket. anways. i'm in ak and its COLD. well, shetland wool is on sale and if i wanted to felt the wool, how much would i need?

***note*** i need at least 3.5 -4 yards for this overgarment. this is pretty standart for someone of my height - 5'2".

ideas?

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Date: 1/2/12 5:34 PM

When you felt wool, it shrinks in length and width. Every wool felts differently, and there are other variable such as length of wash, water temp, air or machine dry that make the felting process unpredictable.

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Date: 1/3/12 10:25 AM

Sometimes they say to double the yardage if you're felting/fulling wool yardage.

If you're buying from a vendor that people on this forum will know you could ask for info re felting/fulling that specific wool.

Also if you need to, you can piece fulled yardage by just lapping and stitching together pieces of fabric for things like the ends of sleeves without the garment looking artsy. That way even if you come up a bit short you might still be ok.

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Date: 1/3/12 3:24 PM

Alternatively, you could buy fabric that's already been done--wool felt or boiled wool. (Saves the trial and error and the guessing.) It can be very expensive (Mood has some for $25/yard, which is on the low end, if memory serves) but you'd eliminate the guesswork and some washing cycles.

Back to the felting possibilities--this review by Annette1 describes how she felted/fulled Shetland wool from Fabric Mart (which has been known to go on sale for $7.99, some colors, some times).

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Yards cut/sewn:58
Yards purchased: 46.3

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Date: 1/3/12 9:14 PM

yeah i think i'll just preshrink instead and stick to washing it cold and then hang drying.

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