Organic cotton warp into a SAORI handwoven dress…

This past weekend Tara was staying here for a weaving retreat. We had a wonderful time and spent a lot of time out in the studio…..sewing, weaving, creating….

We made a pair of legwarmers, a book cover and a small case to hold pens for her dad’s birthday gift, a pouch for her mom’s cell phone, a T-shirt weaving, and THEN we made a dress!

Tara had brought with her a beautiful length of cloth she had woven on the organic cotton pre-wound warp from Japan. This is colour-grown, textured cotton…

She picked a dress pattern (# 35) from the Shitate-no-Hon book. We measured the cloth and didn’t have enough to make it as shown and so I made some adaptations – instead of long sleeves, we would have just enough to make tabs or small cap sleeves at the top to hold it all together…

I had never tried sewing this pattern before and so I had to make a paper copy first – to see how the folds, cuts and sewing would go together to actually make this dress.

Once we were done sewing we put it on the dress form and Tara decided it needed a button for embellishment. She looked through my buttons on hand and chose a leather button from a local artisan that does leatherworks.

I’m really quite amazed at how it all came together. Tara has such a great sense of design, the patterns (luckily for me) are easy to follow (once I can visualize them) and of course with SAORI everything is adaptable and there are no mistakes!

Congratulations Tara – a beautiful handwoven dress!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

6 replies
  1. Tanya C
    Tanya C says:

    How pretty – I love that warp! And the pattern in the finished fabric works so well with the shape of the dress.

  2. Noreen Crone-Findlay
    Noreen Crone-Findlay says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous dress! That will be worn for decades and only grow lovelier as it ages! Congratulations, Tara!

    I LOVE the shape of the dress, and I love love love the yarn- yum!

    And, I love how you have put it all together to showcase the beauty of the weaving. Bravo! Bravo!

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