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Old 01-09-2010, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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The Toms of Maine folks are now raising sheep and making what is reported to be a very high quality wool underwear for men and women.

I would love to try some, but at the $80 price tag for a "long jane" bottom, it likely will not happen any time soon.

So I'll have to make do with my made-overseas silk longjohns from the mark down racks at REI (when I lived in the west) and LL Bean (when we first got here...) I lucked out, I think... all I have seen in the outlet here since are synthetics, which I cannot wear.

And while sewing may often be in the woman's workload, there is no reason it should be any more exclusive there than replacing an electric plug or changing oil or a tire is on the guys' side of things... all skills I made sure my daughters knew. And had I any sons, they would have known their way around a kitchen and a sewing machine, as well. Matter of fact, I had a conversation rather recently, about darning, with a retired submariner in our midst...

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Old 01-12-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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Last wool pendleton shirt I saw was an import...not sure if they're all imports now or what though.

There's a handful of clothing makers still in the U.S. Johnson Woolen Mills in Vermont still is last I heard (pricey but nice stuff). I know there's some more but I don't have a list.

L.L. Bean started catering to a new crowd (more of the urban type) years ago.

Getting to where I need to start making my own clothes more. Already make my own fur hats. Planning a set of buckskin clothes sometime in the next year. Making my own wool clothing shouldn't be too much harder to pull off...but I've never been the sewing type, always considered it more of a woman's thing but I think it's a necessary skill now...
Making our own clothes.... not a new idea, but rather novel in this day and age! If we passed up clothes made in China etc, we would have to re-learn this ancient art all over again. Who knows...fur hides might be in style again!
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The Toms of Maine folks are now raising sheep and making what is reported to be a very high quality wool underwear for men and women.

I would love to try some, but at the $80 price tag for a "long jane" bottom, it likely will not happen any time soon.

So I'll have to make do with my made-overseas silk long johns from the mark down racks at REI (when I lived in the west) and LL Bean (when we first got here...) I lucked out, I think... all I have seen in the outlet here since are synthetics, which I cannot wear.

And while sewing may often be in the woman's workload, there is no reason it should be any more exclusive there than replacing an electric plug or changing oil or a tire is on the guys' side of things... all skills I made sure my daughters knew. And had I any sons, they would have known their way around a kitchen and a sewing machine, as well. Matter of fact, I had a conversation rather recently, about darning, with a retired submariner in our midst...
I have made kilts, parkas, cloaks, fancy embroidery, and done a lot of darning, as well as adjustments and of course name tags and rank insignia junk. But I have never spun or woven any thing on a loom before.
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