Merino wool, how I love this fabric! Warm yet breathable, lightweight yet easy to sew, it’s one of my favorite fabrics to work with and wear. It is also a giant PITA to source – the good stuff usually has to get imported from New Zealand, which can be prohibitively expensive. I’ve been waiting ages for Mood Fabrics to start stocking this stuff, and I was delighted to find a few options on their website last month!
This Black Bamboo & Merino Wool jersey is still a bit pricey at nearly $30/yard, but at least those of us in the US don’t have to pay overseas shipping on top of that! It’s also a generous 58″ wide, which means you need less fabric for your projects. It is lightweight and fine without being see-through, and the addition of the bamboo makes it extra soft and cozy. I love that this fabric is earth-friendly – it’s biodegradable, sustainable, and anti-microbial! Oh, AND IT’S MACHINE WASHABLE! Can I gush enough about this fabric? Probably not.
I wanted to make something simple with this fabric – the plain solid black makes for the perfect (comfy) little black dress! My pattern is the Joni Dress from the Stretch! book by Tilly & the Buttons. The 4 way stretch is ideal for the twisted detail at the bust, and the fluid drape is perfect for a flouncy skirt! I sewed a size 2 and added the runched sleeve.
The twisted bust detail looks super fussy and complicated, but it’s actually super easy (this is a book for beginners who want to learn sewing knits – so YAY everything is super easy haha). One weird looking pattern piece, a clever couple of twists, and you’re done! The neckline is finished with self fabric facing, and the waistband includes a length of elastic to keep it from stretching out as you wear it.
While the fabric for this garment is admittedly for the wrong season we are currently experiencing (yes, merino is breathable but NO ONE needs to be wearing black wool when it’s 95° with whatever godawful percentage of humidity we got stuck with), I figure this just makes me prepared for the next season! 🙂