Here is what the Simplicity Fabric Guide says about wool:
Wool is somewhat of a wonder fiber. It drapes beautifully, cuts cleanly, won't fray and holds its shape in a finished garment. It is also a quite forgiving fabric: Pins won't mar the surface, seams rip out invisibly and just about any trouble spot can be pressed and seamed into submission.
Wool fibers are very resilient. They can be bent back on themselves 20,000 times without breaking, and can stretch up to 50 percent when wet and 30 percent when dry and still bounce back to their original shape. Able to absorb 30 percent of its weight in moisture without feeling damp or clammy, wool is also a wonderful temperature regulator, making it a great option for jackets, coats and other outerwear.Here's some of the various types of wool fabrics I have used in past projects:
The 'Shades of Purple' Outfit using a 1970s Simplicity pattern
'39 Steps to a Perfect Dress' Ensemble with Gabardine jacket using a 1937 McCall pattern
The 'Famous Hooded Princess Dress' made with a 1940 McCall pattern
The 'First Crepe of Summer' Dress using a 1940 McCall pattern
The 'Marlene Suit' made with a 1939 McCall jacket pattern and a 1941 Simplicity reproduction pattern for the trousers
The 'Angels Culottes' made from a 1970s Simplicity pattern
The 'Aviator Dress' made with wool jersey sleeves and viscose dress material using a 1946 Advance pattern
I've definitely tried lots of different types of wool. I particularly love lightweight wool--it's hard to walk past that aisle in the Edinburgh fabric shops without 'oohing and ahhing' and touching all the fabrics. I'm a recent convert to both wool crepe (which is oddly expensive here in the UK compared to all the other fabulous wools) and wool jersey (also in short supply). And I have yet to dive into some Harris Tweed. I need to save up to get some of that delicious fabric and support this local industry!!
Have you seen Karen's recent post on Wool with all the fabulous resources? I love all the different varieties of wool.
What about you? Can you get nice wool locally? Which type of wool fabric is your favourite? Any wooly projects on your sewing horizon?