A slightly Saori vest for the Jazz fest

My husband is a Jazz musician, so, for the Jazz Festival, I wanted to weave him a new vest…. (last year, I wove him a new shirt).

I started weaving the vest in April, (LINK to post) so you would think that I could have gotten it done for the end of June, right?

Well…. I did…. but…. Oh my! I was scrambling at the end to get it done so he could do this:

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It began here in April:

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I started out weaving the narrow bands for his vest on my vintage Structo loom.

I was freeformie Saori-ing and then thought that I should check with Jim to see if he wanted it more sedate…

and he voted for not going wild, but keeping it plain and simple.

I enjoyed weaving the narrow fabric on the Structo, but knew that it wouldn’t be enough for the vest,

so, I wove some inkle bands on my Mirrix Loom:

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(The red band became part of a prayer flag and an inkle doll.)

I was juggling a lot of deadlines and projects and suddenly, the Jazz Festival was upon us!

EEEP!  I realized, once I started cutting out his vest, that I didn’t have enough fabric! eegads and little fish!

I madly warped up my Saori loom… on… you guessed it… the afternoon of Jim’s gig (blush)

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Holy honkinhaleujah! my feet and hands were FLYING as I wove up the rest of his vest fabric! yikes!

It only has the border on one side because of the way I was piecing it into the vest.

I managed to get the fabric washed, dried and the machine stitching done….

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but ending up doing the hand stitching as we drove in to the city for the concert.

Which was sold out and was great!

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And so was the gig the next day with his other trio:

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Blush…. I didn’t get the buttons, buttonholes and back belt done for a couple of days, when he had his next gig:

But… here he is, with his buttons and buttonholes in place!

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and the belt on the back…. right over the freeformie, Saori weaving- I couldn’t resist sneaking it in 😀

(and my friend, Arwen, who has fab design sense, said she liked that bit the best 🙂 )

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He likes it and says it’s very comfortable to wear.

This is essential, because, if it isn’t comfortable, there’s no way he’ll wear it to perform in.

I’m happy.  😀  It was a frantic rush at the end, but it was worth it for my Honeybunny 🙂

I used Simplicity #2741 as the pattern for this vest.


Filed under Loom & looms & small loom weaving, weaving & handwoven

11 responses to “A slightly Saori vest for the Jazz fest

  1. … an awesome work of art! ❤


  2. Thank you so much, Rene! 😀 There was love in every stitch!


  3. Sharon

    As always WOW!!!!! It makes me want to dust off my Structo and do something with it. I am get very interested in the Saori weaving concept.after reading your blogging about it.


    • Thanks, Sharon 🙂
      I love my Structo- it’s actually the only 4 harness loom that I have now.
      It’s so sturdy and well built that it is a joy to weave with.
      So, I say, yes! Do dust off your Structo and have some play time with it 😀


  4. Barbara Pretzsch

    That is beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to see it in full. I listened to the Youtube you put in the Freeform blurb and it was awesome. Loved it that thanks for sharing.


  5. Jim Findlay

    It is a joy to wear. It’s so clearly made with great skill and impeccable taste 🙂


  6. Daisy-Winifred

    Yes skill and impeccable taste but shining from the wearer is the obvious knowledge it was made and given with much love; how great to have love wrapped around you as you play:)


    • Thank you so much for your insightful comment, Daisy-Winifred! It’s true, it is entirely my intention to wrap my Beloved in my love, as he unfolds his magical music- gifts given, gifts received! 😀


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