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My love of great knitwear and woollens is often equal to my love of vintage.
Often I've wandered floors of high end collections in Dublin and London especially, untempted but that chance one-off in Jenny Vanders, Harlequin, Notting Hill or Camden was an instant purchase decision, never regretted.
Over the years I've mailed vintage coats and finds from the USA and Italy often selling them at the mill or later at our vintage room alongside the knitwear.
Vintage says 'me' in a way art does. It's true they don't make them like they used to!
As material content becomes more frail and blended with synthetics, vintage pieces are often the highest quality of material and tailoring.
Every piece here is a one off, from my collection. In my love of circular fashion and sustainability we might expand this section to include selected finds.
THIS PIECE: suede, 100% condition, German made, white stitching on black. Crop denim jacket pattern cut.
Chest measured flat:
Length shoulder to hem:
Sleeve length at longest point;
Sweater Sizing Guide for Edel MacBride
These are the actual garment measurements.
Chest is measured under the point where the sleeve and body meet.
Length is measured from the centre shoulder point to below the waist.
Sleeve here is the underarm length of the sleeve including the cuff.
More measurements may be given in the garment description.
How to care for me
Maybe you’ve never owned one of me before?
Here’s my experience so far;
I’d prefer not to be stuck in that dark press but when I must go in there just roll me up loosely first.
I don’t need much washing although my Italian cousins say that I’m a gorgeous natural thing and washing improves me!
When washing make it no higher than 30 degrees and please only a wool recommended detergent. Squeeze all the water out after handwashing me, even roll me up in a towel to do this! Dry me flat on my back.
Keep direct sunlight away from my cables!
Edel and many of her long-term clients machine wash my friends. Hopefully they never put them in the drum at higher than 30 degrees or with nasty biological stuff!!!! The horror.
I’m terrified of the tumble dryer, please never do that to me.
Through Summer if you don’t need me (I hope you will), store me in an airtight zip bag please and I’ll get a rest with no disruption. I hope to spend a lifetime with you, but if you want to give me to a friend or send me to a charity store for a break that’s OK.
My wool is so healthy to wear and antibacterial, plus you’ll be living off the compliments.
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