Fashions Past and Present

by | Feb 27, 2024 | Felting, Fibre Arts, Knitting, Weaving


Janet’s vest backside

Fashion was the hot topic for our February guild meeting.  Members were asked to wear and/or bring a garment they had made using any technique and any materials.  Some of them dove deep into the cupboard and the past.  We had poncho’s and vests, jackets and sweaters, pants, evening dresses, socks and even a blanket to wrap up in.  Each piece had a story to tell or a tip to share.

Janet’s lovely short vest alternates dark chenille stripes with electric multi-coloured stripes.  In the back a hand made pin creates a small pleat for a fitted look.

matching bag


The jacket is lined with satin which together with the chenille creates the feeling of luxury.  She suggests you make a matching bag with bits of left over yarn.

Linda’s linen vest

Linda’s vest was inspired by an article in Handwoven.  She used the same yarns for a block pattern and a stripe pattern so she had no problem matching  the patterns at the seams.

Maggie’s vest is knitted from fine merino wool. It was a cardigan with full sleeves at one time.

Maggie’s vest

With some unravelling and some readjustment to the arm holes, it became a vest,  This proves that a knitted item is never really done.

Maybe you remember the age of crochet and macrame.  The next vest is a trip down memory lane when lacey tops and peasant blouses were in style.  Ginny’s duo is a perfect pairing. Check out the embroidery.  We were soooo cool back then.


Sharon showed us an easy to wear “swing jacket” in cobalt blue. The large pleat in the back hides a series of diamonds that are matched by rows of diamonds on the front panels.

swing jacket


caron’s knitted poncho

Caron showed off her fancy pants (you just can’t toss a good pair of jeans) and a light knitted poncho that drapes well.  Gillian came with a blanket made of knitted panels.  The light colour shows off the fancy stitches.  All that is needed is a small repair to that middle seam.

Gillian’s knitted blanket

Gansey socks & sweater

Carol’s into the woods outfit

Here are two different takes on the sweater and matching sock combinations.  I’ll bet these ladies also knit hats so they can be stylish from head to toe (literaly).  The raised patterning in the grey sweater was reminicent of a coastal environment with rows of fish.

Carol’s socks have a large owl motif fitting with her into the woods ensemble.


Jane’s Chanel Jacket

Jane showed off her sewing skills with this structured Chanel style jacket.  It is lined with a silk print and even has a matching silk blouse.  The fabric is very loosely woven of ribbon and yarn.  Jane’s has a tip for handling a loose fragile fabric.  Cut each pattern piece out of a very fine backing material and baste that to the outer fabric before you cut it.  That way each piece is secured but doesn’t lose it’s drape.

Sue’s wool jacket is less fitted.  It has a shawl collar and a flaired botton.  The front is secured with a “frog” at the waist.  The jacket is fully lined including the sleeves so all the seam are protected.  Sue added narrow stripes of gold thread to add some  interest to the cloth.

Sue’s wool jacket

Pauline’s felted jacket

sylvia’s blanket jacket

Sylvia and Pauline both showed off their skills with felting.  Sylvia’s jacket was made from a wool blanket that  she dyed and felted.  She then embellished it by needle felting autumn leaves.  This is repurposing at its best.  Pauline’s jacket is based on the technique of nuno felting.  A fine silk cloth is encased in wool that has been wet felted.  This jacket has no seams.  It was felted as one piece with a resist.  The resist was cut to open up the front.

Mary’s jacket


Mary sent us her jacket made of handspun yarn.  Take a look at the handmade buttons with crocheted loops that she used as a closure.  They are made from the same handspun yarn and match the colour stripe they are sewn onto.

Linda’s dress and cocoon top

Linda’s sleeveless dress comes with a separate cocoon top of handwoven cloth.  The cocoon has pleats at the shoulders for shaping and because the fabric is open the top has been reinforced at the strain points.

Pat’s origami top


Pat’s top is handwoven cotton and rayon.  It was woven as long piece 16 inches wide.  The garment is constructed on the bias with a minimum of cutting.  It is based on an article in Handwoven by Marina O’Connor, from 1995.  In order to avoid stretching the handwoven fabric, Pat applied iron-on interfacing to the bias fold before cutting it

Rita’s deflected double weave scarf



Rita brought a patterned scarf that was woven with a deflected double weave technique.  The scarf is made of bamboo yarn and it drapes beautifully.  The lively pattern ebbs and flows along the length of the scarf.

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