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Double sided wool
What should I make with this stuff?
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Date: 1/4/12 11:04 AM

This is my dilemma; this double sided wool is really thick. I have 1.5 yards.
When I bought it I was thinking a vest, but now that I have pre-treated it is has bulked up some and I am not sure this much bulk is going to be a good look for my size.
Stiff fabrics just make me look wider than I already am.
It will have to be fitted and maybe lap the seams?
When I bought it I knew deep down that it wasn't the best type of fabric for me but I fell in love so now I need to sew it up into something. Oh and it was on the expensive side....$25 a yard so I don't want to mess this up

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Date: 1/4/12 11:43 AM

if you aren't sure it will work for you-ie a vest or a skirt...what about using it to make yourself a beautiful handbag??? just an idea???

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In reply to AdaH

Date: 1/4/12 12:00 PM

How about a fitted vest or short jacket. You could use a contract trim to eliminate facings, similar to the trim used on fleece. That would keep down the bulk.
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Date: 1/4/12 1:50 PM

I just made a skirt out of a bulky wool the same on both sides. I lined it with a stretchy knit silky kind of fabric. The lining eliminated the need for facing so reducing bulk. Just a simple straight skirt with a zip in the back. It was a Burda I think october.
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In reply to AdaH

Date: 1/4/12 3:24 PM

A few thoughts:

I just saw a really great circle vest pattern that calls for two-sided wool.

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/11045/circular-vest

At $25/yard I'd sew a muslin first.

You could make a really nice cape with 1-1/2 yards.

I always like kilt-like skirts.

Reconsider your original plan for the fabric. Sometimes we tend to deny ourselves what we want. I don't care if I would look slimmer in a wardrobe consisting of navy blue garments--I have to have lots of horizontal stripes and plaids!

Good luck with your project!

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Date: 1/4/12 7:33 PM

I don't know your style, shape or tastes but I just made this jacket and I think it would work for your fabric.
Burda 7585

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Date: 1/11/12 10:58 PM

I picked the pattern.
Becasue the fabric is so stiff I wanted something more form fitting so I don't end up looking like a box, however that could still happen? There are 6 seams so I have lots of opportunity for fitting.
I have the vest cut out and have started sewing it together.
Some things I have learned about double sided wool.
It is thick stuff. I tried a number of ways to sew the seams together and decided I liked it best when I pull one of the seam edges apart then slip the other seam edge in between the two layers. This is time comsuming but I am enjoying the process. Once I pin the seam then I do a basting stitch and now that I found matching thread I will top stitch the two seams together.
I found an article on Threads websit about how to finish the raw edges. Again you pull the two layers of wool apart then tuck the end in and sew the edge. I don't think I am explaining this very well. I will post a picture when I get it done.
Working with wool is really fun.
-- Edited on 1/11/12 11:00 PM --

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In reply to AdaH

Date: 1/12/12 7:12 AM

What a good idea for finishing the edge. I wish I had thought of that when I recently used a two sided fabric.

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