Springtime has been hopelessly late here in Alberta, so I decided to go ahead and celebrate it anyhow, by making myself a new shirt.
I wove the fabric last year:
I wove the fabric on my Saori loom:
This became a sleeve:
I used my ‘standard’ shirt pattern, Simplicity 2741 LINK
And shortened the sleeves, as I have short arms.
BUT… I blythely cut it out and sewed it up in, ahem, my husband’s size, oops…. so it is too big for me.
Ah well, I guess that’s better than being too small, isn’t it? 🙂
I did all kinds of clasped weft and inlay on body of the shirt.
These are techniques that are used a lot in Saori weaving.
Saori is weaving based on the philosophy of creative self discovery through free form weaving.
See Saori Japan LINK
At times, when I was weaving the little squares, I had up to 8 extra shuttles in the row.
Doing inlaid sections slows down the weaving process, but it is really worth it.
Here’s the other sleeve:
I used inkle woven bands for the collar and cuffs.
I am not going to put buttons on it, as I don’t think that I would ever wear it buttoned up.
So, this is my celebration of Spring…. hope you are celebrating merrily, too!
Happy Springtime! 🙂