The cream flannel I ordered from A Suitable Wardrobe arrived today via the courier. With it I ordered some Albert Thurston braces, both cream, to match the flannel, and baby blue (which looks like lilac in my photos - it's the photographer, not the camera's fault).
When I opened the bag containing the flannel a smell came off the wool which reminded me of old people, especially my grandparents. I think flannel must have been much more prevalent back then. The smell was musty and aged, a wonderful smell, like when you get caught in a summer shower wearing a suit and the woolly smell permeates the air instantaneously. Straight out of the bag I had a flood of memories. And why? My guess is the smell is there because flannel is treated by soaking it in soapy water and then squeezing it through two rollers, one going at a different speed to the other, which then mats the hairs of the wool and stretches them out under pressure.
As for the braces, if you ask me, A Suitable Wardrobe has the nicest selection of Albert Thurston braces outside of Albert Thurston's own website.