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Old 02-14-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Which wool for summer Shorties?

Would this fabric work well? If I'm understanding correctly, I can felt it, and then machine wash in cold ... http://www.naturesfabrics.com/wool-f...ock-blend.html.

I'm going to be making LO daycare play shorts, to go over training pants, so he can feel like a big boy (wearing "underpants" and shorts) while not leaking. They will see pretty heavy play, I just want them to hold up through the summer. I've got a really nice 5 thread serger to make super sturdy seams, just need the right fabric.

And easy dyeing? Is rit good enough for some basic black / grey / navy shorts?

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Re: Which wool for summer Shorties?

For wool you need an acid dye. Rit is good for cotton, not wool. You can look into dying with food coloring or koolaid or buy real acid dyes. Knitpicks.com sells some basic acid dyes as does paradisefibers.com. I know other places do, too, but that's who I know off the top of my head. And the acid in an acid dye comes from vinegar usually, so it's not some crazy toxic acid, just so you know. :-)
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Re: Which wool for summer Shorties?

Thank you!! Acid dye did sound totally scary until you mention vinegar, now it just sounds like Easter Eggs (fun!).
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Re: Which wool for summer Shorties?

What about this kit? http://www.wool2dye4.com/Starter-Dye...y-ProChem.html
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Re: Which wool for summer Shorties?

The washable wool does not take color as readily as her regular wool interlock. AND, the washable wool also does not absorb lanolin like regular wool, so it also isn't as water resistant. AND, be sure to finish all seams, as that stuff will unravel like crazy! That said, the washable is absolutely a dream to touch.
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The washable wool does not take color as readily as her regular wool interlock. AND, the washable wool also does not absorb lanolin like regular wool, so it also isn't as water resistant. AND, be sure to finish all seams, as that stuff will unravel like crazy! That said, the washable is absolutely a dream to touch.
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Re: Which wool for summer Shorties?

This is a great wool dying tut: http://appledumplinggear.blogspot.co...interlock.html
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That's a great tutorial. I appreciate it. Is interlock pretty leak proof in only one layer?
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Re: Which wool for summer Shorties?

Depends on your kid and whether you use washable or regular. Regular can handle more liquid. As long as your diapering material absorbs fast enough, and they are changed ASAP, 1 layer would just be an "emergency" layer. Otherwise, you may want to add a "soaker" layer to regular or 2 layers to washable.
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