Designing garments and sewing with handwoven fabric presents many challenges. First you need a garment pattern that fits YOUR body. Plus you need to have confident seaming and edge finishing skills to complete your garment and a knowledge of best practices in working with handwoven fabrics. In this 3-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how to accomplish seaming and edge finishing techniques as you make useful take-home samplers. Next, we will alter a vest pattern so that it is customized to fit YOUR body. Your knowledge base is then applied to making a sample/trial fitting vest from commercial fabric that you bring into the workshop.

Instructors: Sandy Cahill and Phyllis Carlyle

Length: 3 Days

Materials Fee:  $45 payable to instructors at beginning of class, covers all general hand-outs, including tips and techniques plus materials resources and notebook. Instructors will provide sewing equipment for demonstrations, irons and ironing boards, materials, and participant kits.

Skill Level: Intermediate (comfortable with sewing on a sewing machine)

Equipment & Supplies to Bring:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (optional, bring it if you have one)
  • Sewing Notions: scissors, straight pins, tape measure, seam guide, thread
  • Pencil for taking notes
  • Two yards of 45” wide commercial woven wool blend fabric that mimics handwoven fabric for your sample/trial fitting vest
  • Magnifier and/or additional lamp (optional, if you need to enhance your close-up vision.)
NOTE: Handwoven fabric to make a final vest is OPTIONAL. If  participants complete their sample/trial fitting vest of commercial woven wool blend fabric, then they can get started on a final vest made of their handwoven fabric. Handwoven fabric measurements: 40” wide: 2 yards, or 24” wide: 3.5 yards