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Offline TZBrown

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Wool Blanket Shirt
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:02:37 pm »
After seeing the Boreal Shirt,  http://www.empirecanvasworks.com/boreal.htm, from Empire Canvas, when I was in MN in January I wanted one, but had heard there was a waiting list so I decided to make one.

I just found out that there are shirts available, so I ordered one, and will use this one as a more "rough" coat.

Working with wool is a challenge. I have ordered dye so I can make it all closer to one color and a bit more muted than the bright colors it is now.

Large enough to go over layers, and 100% wool, from a pair of blankets that I got from the thrift shops. Washed and dried hot, to shrink it first.

I had no pattern, aside from what was available on BCUSA from Kevin Kinney's, (Empire Canvas), instruction post. It came out pretty well

This is another part of a winter kit that will see use when hauling a pulk but probably will never get into the backpack

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Re: Wool Blanket Shirt
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2012, 11:30:15 pm »
Very nice wool blanket shirt.  I think that you'll be surprised how much you will end up wearing the shirt.  I use mine for shoveling snow, chopping wood, running around with kids, ice fishing, hunting.  Pretty much any season but summer.  It breathes so well, but yet is still warm.  Very good for a wide variety of temps.

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Re: Wool Blanket Shirt
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 01:08:25 am »
Nice work.  I wouldn't dye it, I think it's festive and good to go.

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Re: Wool Blanket Shirt
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012, 01:15:33 am »
Very nice.  Love the classic white HBC blanket and the colours.  Very Canadian, eh!  That blanket pattern is well represented in our history.

I see you got the "bat wings" sizing for the shoulder and underarm area.  That's good.  It is what pumps the moist air out and also gives a comfortable wide range of motion. 

I always recommend adding a Voyageur/Courier be Bois sash for anoraks and blanket shirts.  It looks great but also its totally functional because you can infinitely adjust the waist cinch for keeping hot air in, or venting it.  And you can hang mitts and gloves off it, as well as knives or small kit bags.


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Re: Wool Blanket Shirt
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2012, 08:48:45 am »
Nice work!
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