A couple of years ago I took a workshop with Liz Spear from the Asheville area on sewing with handwoven fabric. (There are so many good workshop leaders from Asheville). We picked out a pattern, made a practice muslin, wove several yards of cloth and came prepared to cut our beloved yardage and make a garment. Liz removed the fear, taught us some outstanding sewing techniques and we all finished wonderful pieces.
Late last year, I finished another jacket. This time I wove yardage with a mix of colors and sizes of cotton threads. When I wore the jacket for Easter, I realized I had never posted pictures of it. Here I am modeling it in my garden on Easter Sunday.
The contrasting collar is the result of weaving some of my tencel/silk/cotton handspun yarn into the yardage.
The previous jacket I made was constructed of a wool/silk blend. With this cotton fabric, I learned that I had to be careful because the pieces can grow over time. So stabilizing the shape is critical.
I’ve been sewing since I was a teenager, but I enjoy it more today because I can design the cloth on my loom.