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.
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.