The meteorological winter starts on December 1st... And we immediately notice it because it's suddenly cooooold...Quickly make some clothing out of wool? Or perhaps opt for fleece? Or thermals? Or simply embrace the concept of 'layering up'?
In this blog, we explore natural - warm - fabrics versus thermostatic materials and the art of layering.
Natural fabrics that naturally retain warmth offer a cozy solution for chilly days. Wool, cashmere, and silk stand out as prime examples of these excellent heat-retaining materials. But let's also explore what 'thermostatic fabrics' are and the choice between layering or opting for one warm fabric as a single layer in cold weather.
Wool is renowned for its exceptional insulating properties, effectively trapping warmth while regulating moisture, making it a perfect choice for cold conditions.
Cashmere, sourced from the cashmere goat, is soft, lightweight, and incredibly warm.
Silk is an insulating fabric that retains heat while remaining breathable, making it ideal for both cold and warm environments.
Understanding Thermostatic Fabrics:
Thermostatic fabrics are crafted from special materials that regulate temperature changes. They adapt to body temperature, keeping you warm in the cold and cool in the heat. Materials such as modern synthetic fibers or yarns with special coatings are used to create these thermostatic fabrics.
Layering vs. Warm Fabrics:
It's a matter of personal preference and the conditions you find yourself in. Wearing different layers of clothing offers flexibility; you can easily add or remove layers depending on the temperature. However, warm fabrics as a single layer might suffice, especially if they naturally retain heat.
The key often lies in the combination. Start with a warm base layer like merino wool or thermal fabrics, followed by an insulating layer of a warm fabric such as cashmere or a down jacket. Top it off with a windproof and water-resistant outer layer to protect you from the elements.
In essence, the best choice depends on your personal preference and the conditions. Whether you opt for natural warm fabrics or thermostatic materials, layering can provide the flexibility to adapt to changing temperatures. The secret to staying warm in the cold is finding the right balance between warmth, comfort, and protection.
In the upcoming weeks, we'll be discussing some typical winter sewing patterns. Folkwear 153 is already in progress. Of course, we'll also be featuring Chanel-style jackets and coats. They're not only warm but also timeless and beautiful!
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