Next up: Sewing thermal underwear in wool

October 1, 2016 2 Comments

Next up: Sewing thermal underwear in wool

October 1, 2016 2 Comments

sewing wool thermal underwear

So let’s talk about sewing thermal underwear in wool knit fabric. Finding pure wool knit fabrics with a soft hand is a scarcity in Sweden. So whenever I stumble on it, I tend to overbuy, not really thinking about what I should use it for! So for years I’ve had this wonderful cream coloured rib wool knit that I haven’t gotten around to use since the colour is feels a bit bland for a cardigan or a sweater. But why not turn into a set of thermal underwear! Or a top and long knickers to specific. In Sweden we call this kind of wool knickers  “mamelucker” which is a great garment for winter. Originally used to cover the bare thigh area between the crotch and the stockings, these days it’s used underneath trousers and skirts to keep lower body warm during the winter. And since I bike to work all year around this little piece of garment is a crotch saver!  My favorite ones are those who mix merino wool with silk, they are so gentle on the skin and I highly recommend buying silk/wool mamelucker from Swiss brand Calida. But pure soft wool is also really nice.


Underwear inspiration

Some design inspiration. I want my wool set to be reminiscent of the underwear from the early 1900’s. The images are from Dover books vintage fashion series which I love to use for inspiration.

Johanna Lundström

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  • raquel from JC October 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    mamelucker sound like mameluco in spanish. A mameluco in some parts of Spain is a onesie for babies (you know: top and bottom together). You should launch your own brand of patterns! I sure would buy them!

    • Johanna October 2, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Interesting, they must have the same origin then! I checked the wiki and it originally comes from the wide pants that the Mameluk Egyptian slave warriors wore. It’s funny of the meaning of a word can change depending of we are in the world. Thank you for the kind words about me starting a pattern line. I would love to some day, but it takes a lot of time and knowledge, so I’m not sure when I will get all the stars to align 🙂

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