Workshop with Sarah Fortin – My Handwoven Jacket!

I just finished a wonderful three-day workshop with Sarah Fortin and members of the NOBO Handweavers guild in Byfield, Massachusetts.

It was a terrific workshop with great comraderie. Each of us arrived with precious handwoven yardage ready to transform the cloth into a jacket or coat. It was amazing to see the different unique coats from our own choices of fibers, weights, colors, and weave patterns.

I had woven 8 yards in broken twill using Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 Laceweight yarn. I used one cone of color Peacock for the warp, and a little less than one cone of Ebony for the weft yarn. Here’s a link if you want to download the WIF and the PDF for the project overview: WIF Files for Jacket Fabric

Closeup of Jacket Fabric

I chose Sarah’s pattern for the “Swing Coat”. Originally based on a commercial pattern (since discontinued), Sarah has modified the design to work well with handwoven fabric. Each of us chose from several of Sarah’s designs, and ended up all making either the “Swing Coat” or the “Bias Coat”.

Sarah patiently showed me many techniques to make a very nice garment. Having sewn very little in the past, this was a real learning experience. I was surprised how simple it was to finish a seam that looked as good on the inside as on the public side!

For the bottom of the jacket, I attached a stretchy long strip of bias made from a rectangle of my handwoven cloth. This was a real brain teaser for me! Finishing details, such as the cord twisted from my weft yarn really make the jacket special.

I can’t wait to make another jacket. I’m already thinking of the next fabric to weave!

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