Alpaca info and tips: • Alpaca comes from a camelid that is cousin of the llama, but is smaller and more cuddly-looking • Ranks second in warmth after cashmere and before camel hair • The nap is hairy but in a good way because it's so soft and pet-able. It's like wearing fur but without the guilt. • Given the point above, obviously cut your pattern with the nap in the same direction. • While alpaca is super easy to sew and work with, take care to not over-handle it. I found that too much or too high heat from my iron tended to take some of the sheen off the hair. Practice pressing scraps before you sew your garment so you can determine which setting is best. • Loosely structured garments like my vest here can probably get away with no interfacing as this is such a sturdy fabric to begin with. • A hand-picked zipper looks elegant and is easy to insert.
Mood Fabrics has loads of alpaca in-store and online. (We have my Alexander Wang alpaca at Mood NYC in black and gray. $40/yard, email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.) Today it's snowing AGAIN here in NYC, but I'm all cozy wearing my soft and cuddly alpaca vest. I can tell this is going to be one of those pieces in my wardrobe that I wear year after year. Next up: I share the faux-Chanel jacket I made for my daughter to wear on job interviews.