Just bought a Brora fairisle cardigan and is ..rough can I soften it?
Gannetseatfish · 04/09/2020 14:10
It’s probably the most expensive item of clothing I’ve ever bought but I just fell in love with the colours. Received it today and is beautiful but because it’s pure wool it’s a bit scratchy. Way too rough for wearing next to the skin or with delicate fabrics. Anyone got any tips for softening it?
CatBatCat · 04/09/2020 15:19
Shit ton of hair conditioner. Whole bottle of the cheap stuff in a bath with some warm (not at all hot) water. Leave to soak, don't swish it around. quick rinse with cold water and drain. Don't wring it, but lay it flat on a towel and roll up. Leave flat to dry - somewhere warm or breezy so it can dry quickly.
Footle · 04/09/2020 16:44
The rinsing water should be the same temperature as the washing water, otherwise you risk felting your garment.
Buggedandconfused · 04/09/2020 16:48
Send it back. Way too expensive to not be soft!
JofraArchersFastestBall · 04/09/2020 17:00
I agree. Not worth the risk of felting it. Something expensive should be perfect for you.
Gannetseatfish · 04/09/2020 17:15
I think you might be right it may have to be returned..,.if you don’t love it and all that!
thedevilinablackdress · 04/09/2020 18:36
I find that some wool just doesn't work right next to the skin for most people. Merino and cashmere can be ok, but not lambswool.
ZaraW · 04/09/2020 19:13
If you love it just put a layering tshirt underneath.
JoyceByersWasRight · 04/09/2020 20:50
Proper fairisle jumpers are often made of shetland wool which has the characteristic of having fibres that are slightly prickly against the skin but make a strong bond for the different colours used. Traditionally, they are not intended to be worn next to the skin but over a shirt or vest. If you can't get on with it send it back, you'll never wear it no matter how beautiful it is.
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