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finishing the year and starting the new one

December 28, 2016

it took awhile – but it’s finished

p1110104all hand stitched

Betsy is modeling – the front

p1110105and the back

there where a few small problems to solve

Western dressmaking techniques were helpful

when hand weaving fabric to make into clothing

I weave widths that don’t need cutting – that is how kimono lengths evolved

it eliminates unnecessary waste of precious fabric

I miscalculated the width and it was 3.5 inches too wide

the extra width gave me longer sleeves – which are very nice for winter wear

p1110102cutting it would mean losing the single colour panel at the underarm

children’s kimono that are handed down and remade

often have a pleat over the shoulder that is let out as the grow

I don’t plan to grow – hopefully

p1110108but I pleated the extra width

 short in the front, over the shoulder and half way down the back

it makes the hanten loose and swing-y

problem solved

p1110103and the not so good dye job on the silk lining

doesn’t look too bad

the collar band woven on a separate warp is a good contrast

preparing to start the new year

a linen warp ready for the loom

I’ve decided to continue the monthly challenge

a little smaller this time –  remember fabric books?

p1110111I’ve made a couple of paper samples

and with the help of Alisa Golden’s excellent book

January is on the way

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2016 2:22 pm

    The hanten turned out very nice and a joy to wear. I hate to cut handwoven fabric and have waste, after all the time put in. Your solution worked well.


    • December 29, 2016 5:16 pm

      Barbara – I frequently weave with handspun that has been natural dyed so really hate to waste anything. The shoulder pleats seem to have solved the problem.


  2. December 29, 2016 7:38 am

    beautiful!!! i love that you weave in that way. waste when making clothing always makes me crazy. i’d do the same if i knew as i was making the paper that it was turning into a garment, but i rarely know that when i’m at the vat. this new piece is exquisite! i love the info about the pleats being let out as a child grew…so smart!


    • December 29, 2016 8:20 am

      Aimee – hope you are feeling better. We are such a wasteful society, it makes me crazy, too. I’m always trying to reduce and recycle, cheap, manufactured textiles are a major problem in landfills.


  3. Kristin permalink
    December 29, 2016 7:29 am

    Your hasten turned out really nice. I love the stripes and the contrasting collar, and the lining looks really good, too. A few years back I treated myself to several months of making almost every binding in Alisa’s book. It was so much fun! I look forward to seeing what you will create.


    • December 29, 2016 8:24 am

      Kristin – I have 2 of Alisa’s books, they are the best. Think this effort will be a mixture of several techniques – I can work on it over the year.


  4. vdbolyard permalink
    December 29, 2016 5:45 am

    so glad you’re doing books this year!!! the hanten is lovely, and your loom, all ready for you, is a grand way to welcome 2017.


    • December 29, 2016 8:25 am

      Velma – books are always on my mind, just never enough time. Starting the year with a book/weaving project seemed like a good idea.


  5. December 29, 2016 3:39 am

    The hanten is beautiful–I love the colors and the richness. Are hantens meant to be everyday shirts or outerwear or . . . ? And, from a selfish point of view, I’m glad to hear you’ll have a new monthly challenge to share with us!


    • December 29, 2016 8:28 am

      Kerry – thank you, hantens are work jackets. I’ve already been wearing this one like a big sweater, it is very warm and cozy.


  6. Blandina permalink
    December 29, 2016 12:02 am

    Amazing work, I love the fabric and the hanten looks very wearable. My best wishes for another fruitful and creative year!


    • December 29, 2016 8:31 am

      Hi Blandina – how are you? I miss your blog and hearing what you are doing. Hope you have a healthy, happy new year.


  7. Judi bushby permalink
    December 28, 2016 7:19 pm

    Love the hanten. Well done. Now that Christmas is done and dusted and I am back in Adelaide I will have to think about making another hanten. Just hope my instructions are clear enough, as yours obviously are.


    • December 28, 2016 10:07 pm

      Judi – I made a third one , from handwoven cotton/linen as soon as I got home but it was only a half lining. My instructions for a full lining were non-existent – that’s why it took me so long to sew and I re-wrote all the instructions. Think I’m finally getting it, even with the variations.


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