Purple Vest

A year ago now I wove a length of cloth on a purple wool pre-wound warp. From part of it I made a shawl that I called “Purple Haze” that was part of a group show in Victoria. The rest has been waiting …

Yesterday, Lynn was coming over to meet me to go to the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market. I had an idea in mind for a while of using a coat pattern from the “Shitate No-Hon” pattern book to make a vest.

So, I made an adding machine tape paper pattern (I learned this in a SAORI clothes making class in Hawaii) to understand the origami way of folding it…

Purple Vest

It was surprisingly easy, once I understood from my paper pattern how it worked. It was really only 3 seams – 2 side seams and one up the back.

So, I took the fabric …

Purple Vest

Purple Vest

and draped it on the dress form to check it out and started sewing.

I’m happy with how it turned out. It was one long length of cloth, cut in two, but the folding and draping made it into something with interesting lines, instead of a boxy garment, just sewn straight together.

Purple Vest


Purple Vest


Purple Vest


Purple Vest

So, I had something new to wear to the market!! I used a wooden shawl pin that I have to close it at the front and I started to see more possibilities for variations on this theme.

Happy Weaving,

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

    I absolutely love your vest, Terri 🙂

    This technique of doing the ‘fascinating fold’ is how I make my Saori jackets- thanks to learning it from the Saori book!

    I love how the Saori books make us think about shaping fabric in totally different ways than we have ever considered possible. It’s a huge portal to creativity!

    May you wear your new vest in good health and great happiness! 😀

  2. lynn
    lynn says:

    The vest looked great on you yesterday! I love the way it draped in the back, much more flowing in person. So simple a design when you figure it out with paper first.

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