Monday, April 9, 2018

Handwoven Tunic

This week I finished sewing a tunic with a piece of fabric that I wove a few weeks ago -

The warp is all yarn that I had spun and the weft is mainly commercial yarn with some handspun, woven in a Soari style.

It is a very simple pattern,

from a Japanese sewing magazine (Amazon link). The tunic is so nice to wear! Sewing something with handspun, handwoven fabric is very rewarding.

~1967 England
I had a similar outfit when I was little (red shoes too),

so did my twin brother (our Mother made these - how she found the time to sew with 5 young children I have no idea!).

I made a couple of coasters with some leftover fabric.

A tip that I have about sewing thick fabric is to use a piece of wood when pressing the seams to really flatten them.

I know that there are fancy tailors clappers, but I just use a piece of 2x4 with a steam iron. After a burst of steam the piece of wood is pressed on the seam for a few seconds.

I also use a piece of 2x4 in front of the pedal for my sewing machine. I find it easier to control the speed of the machine when just my toes are on the pedal (really important when free motion machine quilting).

This is last weeks 1880 Sampler Sew Along block from the Temecula Quilt Co.

My Granny Stripes Blanket has reached the half way point! Just over 36" and about 650g of yarn used, so I should have plenty of yarn.

All the best!♥︎


PaintedThread said...

Love the tunic. How satisfying to have made the cloth and the clothing. The stripes blanket now really looks like a blanket, not a scarf! Great colors; so pretty.

Sue SA said...

Love your tunic, perfect for cooler weather. Your granny stripes blanket looks beautiful, great colours.

Kath V said...

Can you tell me more about your spinning and weaving for the fabric you made the gorgeous tunic from? What did you spin - cotton?? It doesn't look like wool.

I have a dream of spinning and weaving my own fabric for sewing. I have just started teaching myself how to spin wool using a drop spindle. My first attempt was awful but I managed to crochet it up into a little birds' nest bowl. Someone has given me a spinning wheel but it's still in the box in pieces. I haven't tried weaving yet but that will be next on the list.

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