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Date: 12/8/10 10:09 AM

I am looking for some charcoal boiled wool fabric, at hopefully less than $10 per yard. It certainly can be a blend. Has anyone seen any? I looked through several of the fabric sources listed on this website. Fabric.com had some, but they sold out. I am wanting it to make a knockoff of this skirt. It is called a sweater skirt, but the fabric content is described as boiled wool. I did find this on fabric.com. I wonder how it would substitute. However, they don't have it in charcoal. Also I found thison fashionfabricsclub.com. Possible substitute?

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Date: 12/8/10 10:33 AM

Its not charcoal but I just ordered some of this boiled wool (I haven't gotten it in yet) and its 50% off:

Boiled Wool

This isn't boiled wool but may work:

Double Knit

Hope you find something that works - that's a really cute skirt!

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Date: 12/8/10 12:22 PM

I was looking for genuine boiled wool recently, too, and came up pretty empty-handed, with the exception of some very expensive fabric from the place mentioned in Sewliz's post (third post down) on this thread.

Other than that, there's this selection at Nature's Fabrics. No charcoal, but there is a dark grey heather. However, the 50 in. width makes me wonder whether it really is boiled wool. Doesn't real boiled wool shrink a huge amount in the felting process and end up pretty narrow?

Also, FabricMart has this, which would need to be dyed -- not something I was eager to try, but maybe you are. It's a whopping 64 in. wide and only $7/yd! Don't know if it's really boiled wool either, by which I mean (I think), a merino wool knit that has been felted.

This probably wasn't much help to you, blessedtosew, but thanks to sarahd27: that link to the chocolate brown boiled wool might be just what I'm looking for for my project!

ETA: I looked over your original post again, and thought I would mention that the boiled wool is a knit, thus probably the sweater skirt label. If you were to substitute a woven such as those you are considering you would have to adjust for that. Do you know what kind of closure the skirt has, if any?
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Date: 12/8/10 1:33 PM

Quote: marjoriekh
I was looking for genuine boiled wool recently, too, and came up pretty empty-handed, with the exception of some very expensive fabric from the place mentioned in Sewliz's post (third post down) on this thread.



Other than that, there's this selection at Nature's Fabrics. No charcoal, but there is a dark grey heather. However, the 50 in. width makes me wonder whether it really is boiled wool. Doesn't real boiled wool shrink a huge amount in the felting process and end up pretty narrow?



Also, FabricMart has this, which would need to be dyed -- not something I was eager to try, but maybe you are. It's a whopping 64 in. wide and only $7/yd! Don't know if it's really boiled wool either, by which I mean (I think), a merino wool knit that has been felted.



This probably wasn't much help to you, blessedtosew, but thanks to sarahd27: that link to the chocolate brown boiled wool might be just what I'm looking for for my project!



ETA: I looked over your original post again, and thought I would mention that the boiled wool is a knit, thus probably the sweater skirt label. If you were to substitute a woven such as those you are considering you would have to adjust for that. Do you know what kind of closure the skirt has, if any?
-- Edited on 12/8/10 12:26 PM --

Thanks for that info. From what I understand having read reviews on the skirt, it is just pull on.
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Date: 12/8/10 6:41 PM

Quote: sarahd27
Its not charcoal but I just ordered some of this boiled wool (I haven't gotten it in yet) and its 50% off:



Boiled Wool



This isn't boiled wool but may work:



Double Knit



Hope you find something that works - that's a really cute skirt!

I ordered a yard of that double knit from Vogue fabrics. It is 63" wide, so I figure it will work. Do I just treat double knit like I do jersey as far as pattern sizing? I don't really have any fabric similar that I could do a muslin with. I usually come down a size when I use stretch fabric. Thanks.
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Date: 12/9/10 9:36 AM

I've made a couple of dresses out of double knits using patterns designed for wovens and sized down a little bit but not as much as I would need to for a jersey. Are you using a pattern? If its just a pull on skirt then I would maybe cut your normal size and take in the side seams as necessary?

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Date: 12/9/10 11:15 AM

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ETA: I looked over your original post again, and thought I would mention that the boiled wool is a knit, thus probably the sweater skirt label. If you were to substitute a woven such as those you are considering you would have to adjust for that. Do you know what kind of closure the skirt has, if any?


While this is always excellent advice, boiled wool should have felted in the fulling process, and wouldn't have any give.


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Date: 12/9/10 11:47 AM

I too was thinking boiled wool would not be stretchy. But my main reason for this post: where did you find that skirt?

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Date: 12/9/10 1:35 PM

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I too was thinking boiled wool would not be stretchy. But my main reason for this post: where did you find that skirt?

It is from anthropologie. It is sold out online, but is still available in a few stores. Even on sale, though, it was too expensive for my blood. It is called the Tria Sweater Skirt.
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Date: 1/1/11 10:10 PM

Quote: marjoriekh
I was looking for genuine boiled wool recently, too, and came up pretty empty-handed, with the exception of some very expensive fabric from the place mentioned in Sewliz's post (third post down) on this thread.



Other than that, there's this selection at Nature's Fabrics. No charcoal, but there is a dark grey heather. However, the 50 in. width makes me wonder whether it really is boiled wool. Doesn't real boiled wool shrink a huge amount in the felting process and end up pretty narrow?



Also, FabricMart has this, which would need to be dyed -- not something I was eager to try, but maybe you are. It's a whopping 64 in. wide and only $7/yd! Don't know if it's really boiled wool either, by which I mean (I think), a merino wool knit that has been felted.



This probably wasn't much help to you, blessedtosew, but thanks to sarahd27: that link to the chocolate brown boiled wool might be just what I'm looking for for my project!



ETA: I looked over your original post again, and thought I would mention that the boiled wool is a knit, thus probably the sweater skirt label. If you were to substitute a woven such as those you are considering you would have to adjust for that. Do you know what kind of closure the skirt has, if any?
-- Edited on 12/8/10 12:26 PM --

The boiled we have is actually a crepe that has been boiled. It may have started wider so that explains the remaining width. It is very much like a woven in that it doesn't give much in the way of stretch. Nice stuff, more like a coating to me though. I love that skirt. I would like to see what you have done and how it comes out.
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