Lifelong sewer, Angela Kelly was the guest speaker for the third Master Wannabees’ lecture. With Gather Textiles, Angela shared her tips on how to be successful sewing garments from handwoven fabric.
Angela illustrated her talk with garments. Some of the garments were made completely of handwoven fabric, and others were made with a combination of handwoven and commercially woven fabric. Other examples included a piece of handwoven fabric inset into a commercially made garment. Think of using your handwoven, for instance, as a pocket to make an ordinary shirt special.
She provided a number of tips from planning your project prior to weaving your yardage, to how to cut and sew the handwoven to maintain its integrity. She closed with three ways to get professional results:
1) Have a smooth neckline with no puckering.
2) Have straight hem stitching in a matching thread.
3) Use a blind hem foot on your sewing machine when top or edge stitching.
Thank you Angela for inspiring and challeging us to sew with our handwovens!