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New woven vests February 2014

Vests are one of my most favorite garments to design, weave and wear.

I have just finished two new vests that both have something that I believe to be essential: Pockets 🙂

I didn’t use a pattern to make the vests, but I was inspired by design #51 for a jacket,  in the Saori weaving book that has a black cover.

I don’t know the actual name of the book, as it’s all in Japanese, but if you contact your local Saori dealer, I am sure that they will be able to sell you the book. The Saori books are all fabulous beyond words, and are all treasures!

I wove the fabric for the red vest  on my Saori Piccolo loom, which is a joy to weave on. The fabric for the turquoise vest was woven on my 4 harness table loom.

The warp for the red vest was 10 inches wide and the warp for the turquoise vest was 17 inches wide.

They were both woven at 10 epi.

They both work well worn open, or pinned shut with a brooch, or tied with a belt or sash.

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When I was weaving the fabric for this vest, I was playing with the fibonacci sequence, and also playing with numbers in other ways… in a way, I was coding messages of love, good health, happiness and abundance  into the fabric as I wove it!

Weaving is so meditative, and it’s fun to deliberately figure out ways of ‘weaving happiness’ into my fabric 🙂

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I love shawl collars, as they make me feel so cozy:

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And those oh so important pockets! I wove the fabric for the pockets on my 4 harness loom.

I used a wool cotton blend for the weft when I wove the band at the top of the pocket so it would shrink and pull in to shape the pocket.

There are so many neat ways to shape garments, and using threads that you know will shrink is a ‘secret tip’ that works well for  getting sections of your weaving to pull in and gather after the fabric is washed.

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I’m trying very hard to not get too attached to these vests, as I am going to be offering them for sale at the maker’s faire that I am participating in this weekend… (On the Spot Maker’s Faire at the Boyle St Plaza in Edmonton AB on Feb 8 & 9).


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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.


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