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Garment Construction Part 1: Handwoven Yardage and Sewing Tips

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Garment Construction Part 1: Handwoven Yardage and Sewing Tips

with Daryl Lancaster

Cutting into handwoven cloth is one of the most distressing hurdles for most weavers to overcome. Yet, for garments that flatter the body, this is a critical part of the process of garment construction. And of course, how much yardage, how wide to weave, how to sett that yardage and ultimately what to make from that yardage are all questions that every weave interested in creating wearable garments has asked themselves.

In this five part series, Daryl will guide you through the entire process, from deciding what to weave, selecting the pattern, learning how to fit the pattern for the best results, and finally how to construct garments that flatter, maintain stability in the cloth and pay homage to the creative process. Daryl has spent a lifetime making garments. She became a handweaver in the 1970’s and has passionately combined the two, to create award winning garments from her handwoven fabric.

What you'll learn:

  • Explore sources of inspiration for garments
  • Learn what size handwoven yardage works best for garments
  • Explore sett and sampling and finishing for handwoven yardage
  • Learn how to make handwoven fabric behave
  • Learn how to cut handwoven fabric and how to best transfer markings

Who should attend:

  • Handweavers who would like to create handwoven yardage.
  • Handweavers who would like to create garments from their yardage
  • Garment makers who would like to work with handwoven fabric
  • Sewers (or sewists) who would like to better understand the garment construction process
  • Handweavers and garment makers who want their garments to become more polished and professional looking.
About the instructor: Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her hand-woven garments, has been sewing for more than 45 years. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications. Daryl maintains a blog at

Author/Designer: Daryl Lancaster