I recently wove a black mixed pre-wound Saori warp and it told me it wanted to be a jacket. Much of Saori clothing is based around the kimono shape which is basically rectangles so, how hard can it be?!
The overall length of the fabric is 3.2 metres by approx 38cms. In theory it wasn't quite enough fabric for the top I wanted to make so I had to do a bit of judicious cutting and stitching back together. I knew all that patchwork would come in handy.
I was very good and made a cotton mock-up (toile) from a piece of sheet. I had a Saori pattern for a t-shaped jumper but, just to be awkward I wanted mine to be like a cardigan, open at the front. I was struggling with the actual construction and a friend of mine helped me to get to grips with that. Added to that a wonderful Facebook group gave me the solution to how to join the sleeves into the main body so I've had a great day today making the jacket.
I made a little model to test out how to join all the pieces together.
These two photos may not be that clear but I sewed the sections together in a set order so that the top and bottom were connected first and then the sleeve seams closed.
So, in order to get the right size pieces I had to do some cutting up. If you're cutting woven fabric you need to stitch either side of the intended cut to stop everything unravelling.
So, how did it turn out?
I have added a pocket to the left front and I still need to sort out the fringes but it's been a long day so that's a job for tomorrow. This has been quite a learning curve as I've never made a jacket before. Needless to say this isn't lined as generally Saori is left unlined.
Back soon, well, hopefully sooner than 3 months!