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Wedding vest done

Boy, was last week ever a busy one!

I am working to deadline on a major project, and also needed to take time out to finish the wedding vest (LINK) that I’ve been working on for awhile.

Happily it is done, and delivered to the groom.

May he wear it in good health, and may he enjoy it for a long long time!

AND may their marriage be happy, lovely and long!

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We didn’t discuss buttons, so I sewed snap closures inside.

If he and his bride want, they can stitch buttons of their choice to the front.

Or, toggles, or a clasp…. the options are endless.

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The front is quite sedate, but the back is a little bit more exuberant- more Saori.

The important part is that it fits him and he looks great in it.

Woven with love in every stitch!


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Weaving and sewing a Saori wedding vest- 1

A wedding!


The groom has been a dear friend for more than 20 years, so I wanted to make a wedding gift that would be special.

I asked the lovely couple: Would you like me to weave Tom’s vest for the wedding as my gift to celebrate your wedding?

Yes ๐Ÿ™‚

We went through my stash of fabric that I had already woven:

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And, this piece struck a chord.

Happily, there was enough yardage for both front pieces.

Tom and Tanya and Tom’s mamma are all Saori weavers, so weaving his vest on my Saori loom was natural.

I warped up a few miles for the back of the vest:

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And wove and wove…. why did I choose to go with such a narrow strip?

Because I like the back of the vest to be pieced.

It offers a fun counterpoint to the solidity of the front panels.

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After many days of weaving, the long strip was finished.

I abuse my fabrics like crazy before sewing them: I throw them in the washing machine and the dryer (almost the only time I ever use the dryer, as I prefer to hang laundry to dry) and then iron the living daylights out of the fabric.

Tottie Tomato was happy to assist in the ironing.

She loves the puffs of steam and says it works wonders for her tomatoey little complexion.

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Tottie Tomato was a little concerned that the fabric shrank sooooooooooo much in the washing, drying and ironing!

She was worried that I didn’t have enough…..

I assured her that if I didn’t have enough fabric that I did have more thread and a loom….ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

more is always possible.

The cutting out stage can be daunting….

Iย  made cotton pattern templates when I used this pattern to make Jim’s vest: LINK.

I used Simplicity #2741 as the pattern for this vest and for Jim’s vest.

It was great, because Tom tried it on and it fit like a glove! YAY!

That made my life so much easier!

Okay… to brave the scissors:

I mark the templates so that I don’t mess up and cut the sections out wrong… that would be a weepy time!

The fronts were a piece o’ cake:

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The backs had me more twitchy, because of the complexity of all the piecing I had to do….

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The first one went well, and then, I checked and checked and re-checked to make sure that I wasn’t duplicating the first one, and that I was indeed ‘mirroring’ the second one.

And, to my great relief, I got it right…. but in all the tension, I forgot to take pictures, and instead, rushed off to the sewing machine to start piecing and stay stitching and assembling.

I was in my ‘scurry rabbit’ mode- get these pieces all stabilized before they go ‘sproing’ and unravel!

Happily…. very happily!

The piecing all went beautifully!

The vest is now interfaced and stabilized and pinned together, ready for a fitting and then lining and finishing!

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I love the back!

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The front is more restrained and understated, while still showing the Saori influence.

Note the pocket for the ring!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that Tom and Tanya will be happy with the vest and that it will be a pleasure for Tom to wear it long and well.

It has love in every stitch! ๐Ÿ˜€


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Weaving a vest on my Structo loom

The other day, I had a big ‘aha’ moment.

My husband is a jazz musician and composer and completely awesome bundle of wonderfulness, and I love weaving beeeeeuuuuutiful shirts for him to wear when he’s performing. (last year’s Jazz festival shirt: Link).

I have been weaving away on fabric to make him a new shirt for this year’s Jazz Festival, LINK

But…. oops… it’s cream and ecru with lotsa colors…. and, the color that the guys mostly wear to perform in is black.

Our daughter made Jim a gorgeous black shirt from the Folkwear Victorian Gentleman’s shirt pattern, so it’s kinda dumb to weave him another one….. sooooooooooooooo the big AHA was…………… weave him a VEST!!!!!!

Ding! Lights go on, whee’s and skippetty hops and happy dances ensue….

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When our son got married, I used the Folkwear pattern to make him and my hubby kilts, (oh my word.. the grooms men, hubby and our son, all wore kilts and they looked FABULOUS…).

The kilt pattern has a really spiffy vest pattern, which Jim likes (that’s essential- why make it if he doesn’t like it?)

Oh oh, whenever I go on the Folkwear pattern site, it makes me want to buy more patterns. I love their patterns and have been wearing them for more than 3 decades. We actually got married in clothing I sewed from Folkwear patterns, and our children grew up in Folkwear.

(No profit, affiliations etc, just love their patterns)

Okay, just had a brief noodle through their website, and am seriously in love with the Siberian Parka….. hmmmm… that would be fun to weave the fabric for…. hmmmmmm.

Anyhow…. in the midst of meeting design deadlines, and new projects that are so delicious and tantalizing and time consuming,

I am in the throes of weaving up narrow bands for this vest, and loving it!

The vintage Structo looms are kind of like the ‘Featherweight’ sewing machine – tiny, perfectly formed workhorses that are beautifully engineered and much sought after.

Although, after I spent hours the other evening, warping the black cotton, I would have cheerfully sold the blessed loom to the first taker. (Warping black thread at night is not so much fun).

Luckily, I got over my snit, and am now utterly enchanted and weaving merrily away.

Which is good, as the Jazz festival is getting closer and closer…. eep… I need to go meet some deadlines and then get weaving!

๐Ÿ˜€ย  Happy weaving!

PS: I carved the shuttle in the photo a few years ago.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

My dear friend, Terri Bibby, is a Saori teacher and weaver extraordinaire, who told me about some shuttles that don’t have a metal rod through them.

This intrigued me, so I made myself one to see how I liked it.

I absolutely love it. I made it small and low profile to fit the small shed ofย  Structo and Peacock looms. Thumbs up, indeed!


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