WIW: Boiled wool hoody

I haven't been on the forum much lately, though I've been trying to keep up with Angie's blog posts. I thought I'd share today's outfit and show you a new hoody I made from boiled wool. It's easy to sew; like fleece, its cut edges don't fray, so you can leave raw edges, as I did here.

The outfit (worn for a day off):
Gray and ivory variegated boiled wool short-sleeved pullover hoody (made by me), worn over black, red, gray, and ivory mottled print tee (made by me); black cords (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); wine booties (Joseph Seibel).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • cindysmith replied 3 years ago

    I really like this! Well done!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    It looks warm and cozy.  I love the color too.  Thank you for sharing this idea.

  • Barbara Diane replied 3 years ago

    I really like it. That's good to know about those materials.

  • replied 3 years ago

    You have some mad skills. The shirt and hoodie are both beautiful. I love the cropped sleeves especially.

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  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    So beautifully done and looks great on you! Your hair looks great too - so much longer already, are you enjoying it?

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    Nice! It looks great on you. I love boiled wool. Did you get it at a regular fabric store? I've never seen it on the bolt.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Fabulous! It looks really great on you and so does your hair. 

  • replied 3 years ago

    Love it - I'd wear it in a heartbeat !

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    You look fabulous as always, Sharan. So creative, polished, casual, arty and lovely. MISS YOU. 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    catty, thank you. Cropped sleeves is a  good descriptor for this look!
    Texstyle, thanks for your comment on my hair. I am enjoying it longer. I wear it up sometimes, too, but in the cold weather, I appreciate having it down to keep my neck warm!
    JAileen, I got this fabric (and an off-white piece too, which became a project I will show here at some point, too!) at Emmaonesock.com. She called it a sweater knit.

    Aw, Angie, thanks!

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    It looks great! I didn't know boiled wool was so much like fleece. I just got done making myself a fleece jacket, I think I might try one in boiled wool next!

  • AM replied 3 years ago

    Looks so cozy and creative!

  • Sal replied 3 years ago

    Lovely to see you!

    I love this, what a great cosy winter look - modern and stylish and practical!!

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Love it! Please add it to my MBM order.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Hey, if Shevia gets one I want one too, even if DH will call me Boiled Riding Hood. (What is the difference between boiled wool and felting?)

  • K2 replied 3 years ago

    That looks great, stylish, comfortable and really suits you!

  • Janet replied 3 years ago

    Oh, I love this. Easy and cozy, yet stylish. I once had a great boiled wool jacket that I bought in Scotland, but let it go years ago when it grew too small for me (I was my skinniest ever when I bought it).

    If you'd ever like to make one of those hoodies in, say, a beautiful teal or steel blue, I would plunk down some $$!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Karie, good idea! I think boiled wool is easier to sew than fleece.
    I used lapped seams; I got the technique from a tutorial by Linda Lee at The Sewing Workshop (online).
    Joy, I'm not entirely sure what the difference is, but my understanding is that wool felt is not woven or knitted. Boiled wool is knitted and then washed and agitated to "fell" it into a dense fabric that still has some give.
    Janet, I had a boiled wool jacket many years ago, too. I think they were popular in the 80s, maybe. I'm flattered by your comments, and would love steel blue or teal myself, too!

  • Column replied 3 years ago

    Sigh. I so wish I could sew. You and Diana make it look so enviably effortless and stylish! Customized wardrobes are fab! A big thumbs up!

  • Staysfit replied 3 years ago

    This look is energetic and fab! I love your hair longer, it looks great! As always your choices are spot on.

  • Xtabay replied 3 years ago

    Kudos on a great look for day off!  Hope it was fun.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 years ago

    The line the cut the fabric choice placement of the pockets. Just lovely.

    I could see this as a tunic. Well done.

  • replied 3 years ago

    What a fab hoody Sharan! Don't you just love how easy it is to sew boiled wool? It's great that there's no seam finishing needed. The shape and length of your top is perfect.

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Great look!  I love the shirt you layered the new hoody over as well.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, Ledonna. A longer length tunic would be fun.
    Diane, yes, it's fun to sew. I do wish nice quality boiled wool were easier to find, though!
    Thanks, SaraL!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Sharan, thank you for addressing my question. For years I've bought 100% wool sweaters at thrift shops for an aunt who "felts" them herself and makes items to sell from the felt. She sent my DGS a baby play pad made from felted sweaters and I have Christmas stockings to hang on the fireplace that she made. Perhaps it is actually boiled wool.

  • Eliza replied 3 years ago

    Looks stylish and comfy. I love the colors and what the textured hoodie does for the outfit. Polished cosy!

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    One of youf most fun projects!

    Also I want your boots! Love burgundy footwear.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Oh, yes, unfrumped, the boots are great. They have a furry/fleecy lining!

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