First up, the mostly-constructed wool ... Mom says she was making this as a custom order from a lady back in the 80s, but after the lady needed some alterations ... it has hung up in her basement/sewing room with the bottom hem and underams unstitched to add gussets. When I mentioned pattern sizes (plus pattern alterations I need to learn) Mom directed me to where it was and said if it fits me I can have it:
|Wool blazer, almost finished|
"Hand tailored from
Pembleton Woolen Mills
100% virgin wool
Made in USA"
A quick bit of Googling shows they are still in business, still in Oregon, still sell yardage of wool fabrics ... and are still considered high-end. Along with the "wow" factor on this nice fabric, all I need to do is sew three seams to have a really wow fancy wool blazer. This gives me a reason to actually look forward to cooler fall weather!
As "wow" as the blazer is ... Mom really floored me when after she saw my pics of the Stewart wool vest I made in January, she asked if I would like a pink plaid wool. Those are three words I love, all said in one breath! Pink. Plaid. Wool. Even that didn't prepare me for what she pulled out of her closet:
|Pink plaid wool from 1966 or 1967|
Aren't these two wool pieces inspiring?