I have to say, I LOVE my little Saori loom. It's SO easy to do everything with. It's easy to thread, slaying the heddles and the reed; it's easy to flip around if I need to get to the back. It's got the little shelf built in on the top, as well as the bobbin winder built in. It's quiet, and easy to play with. It fits in perfectly in my little office/studio.
I did what I always do with my hand woven cloth ~ I sewed it together in rectangles. That makes for a very basic, boxy top. Not exactly flattering. Like this one:
So the adventure began when I decided I was going to be brave, and try to make the new one look more fitted, more like a real shirt, one I'll be happy to wear. Once I got the center front and back sewn, by overlapping the selvaged edges, I decided to sew up the sides. It was really HUGE on me as this cloth was wider than the cloth I'd recently woven.
I put it back on the dress form, and I let it sit there overnight. I had to take my time and decide what I wanted to do with it. Sleeping on it, and seeing it sit on the dress form, helped me not rush through the process just to get it done. Yeah, I do that.
The next day, I got up and I decided I was going to be brave. I pinned the sides of the shirt, making it more fitted. I tried it on - carefully - and took it off and decided to sew the sides up along the pinned lines. I tried it on again, just to be sure, and I liked it! I actually ended up sewing the sleeves to look like real sleeves - I sewed up the sides, then did an upside down L across the sleeve. It fits SO much better!
Of course, then I had to cut all the excess cloth - and that hurts! It's really hard to cut the cloth you worked so hard to make. Once I did it, it was SO freeing! The shirt actually fits me so nicely. It's not REAL fitted. It fits loosely and it is airy and comfortable.
I did learn a few things from this project. I had to sew all the cut seams down, or they'll come totally unraveled. I hemmed it by rolling the hem up and sewing, but ended up taking out the stitches, and using a lace hem tape. The hem lays much flatter. My dress form is invaluable for hemming straight. I would never have been able to get the hem straight without the dress form. I think this is one of the best investments I've made! Too bad I waited so long to do it.
I'm very happy with this shirt. I'll be making more with future hand woven fabric.
I bought some Valentine's day fabric on clearance at Wal Mart. I am going to cut out a fabric pattern based on the above shirt. Then I can just cut my hand woven fabric and sew it together without it causing me so much stress.
I've put a new pre-wound warp on the Saori loom, and I've started weaving. I will get some weaving done today, since the weather is making this a stay-in type of day. I over-did it a bit yesterday anyway, so I'm glad I get to lay low today.
Thanks for letting me share. Take care.