Bit the bullet

After thinking about it for literally 3 months, on Friday I bit the bullet and put scissors to my handwoven fabric for the first time. I planned the warp in November and wove it in December, and then the fabric sat on my dresser waiting for me to get the nerve. And find a pattern that I liked. But mostly get the nerve. Friday was the day. No more procrastination.

vest on Dolly

It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for my first attempt. The biggest problem is the bulk in the seams. I couldn’t trim and clip the seams because I was too fearful of the handwoven fabric fraying if I did. Next time – and there will be a next time because I have more fabric from this warp with a different weft and weave – I’ll first research how others handle this problem.

I’m going to buy a black frog closure for the center front. In this vest the warp is unmercerized cotton, the weft is rayon chenille. I lined the vest with violet polyester satin. Very slippery and not so easy to handle, but I love the color, more vibrant than it appears in the photo.

vest and lining

Never one to let the grass grow under my feet, while I was waiting for the needed tube of baby blue yarn to arrive I put another of my handpainted warps on the loom. I liked the twill blocks so well in the silk that I used a similar design for the rayon.

warping handpainted rayon

I used a different weft color on the each of the 3 scarves. Now that they’re off the loom, the first one is far and away my favorite. I’ll show you all of them after they’re fringed and wet finished. That’ll be a bit away; the needed yarn arrived today so I’ll start on the baby wrap warp tomorrow.

6 comments to Bit the bullet

  • […] I sewed that vest from my handwoven fabric I made a size medium.  It’s really too small.  You can fudge a bit […]

  • Alma

    I’m impressed! VERY good colors. I like it a lot, and hope you will, too!

    I’ll be interested in Theresa’s response about the serging. I think my thought are on the same wave length as yours, but wonder if we’re over-thinking.

    My sewing machine is a Brother, and I’m VERY happy with it. Not a serger, but very useful for my needs!

    Good luck!

  • Judy T

    Yay Peg!!!! Hooray for you!!!! Beautiful vest as well!

  • Peg,

    What a pretty vest. I bet the colors are just beautiful for you!
    I use a serger on all my woven fabrics, not just handwovens. Others often use the zigzag stitch on most sewing machines but with the amount of sewing I do, the serger is faster
    and does a better job of securing fibers through repeated washing and drying etc.
    If you do go that route, a Brother D1034D is an inexpensive option (under $200 in some places),is a real workhorse and not too fiddly as far as sergers go.

    Can’t wait to see those scarves, such a lovely warp!

    • Peg Cherre

      Thanks for the info, Theresa. Under $200 is my price range. 😉

      Here’s my question, though. So I cut out the pieces and serge all cut edges. Later, however, when I sew seams if I have to trim seam & clip curves, I’m cutting off the serged edge, no? Do I re-serge after this process? If so, how challenging is that since the goal is to trim close to the seam itself?

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