I finished Marty's vest yesterday and he wore it to work today. It looks fabulous on him!
Sewing with my handspun was a fun challenge. (Here is a link to my post about spinning and weaving the fabric.) First I had to CUT OUT THE PIECES. The first snip felt positively sinful but after that it was fun. The fabric pattern is the same on front and back and so I was able to fit all the pattern pieces on, one layer at a time, without regard to any of that. It is a good thing my husband is skinny. I wove this on an 18" wide loom - any larger and the pieces would not have fit.
Because the fabric is somewhat coarse I had to handle it as little as possible because it ended to fray at the raw edges. Fortunately the pattern didn't call for any overturned or hemmed edges - the whole thing was lined. The fabric would not have been stable enough for an unlined garment - I think it would have stretched out of shape.
I lined the vest with rayon lining. The welt pockets were also lined with rayon. I reinforced the buttonholes with a strip of iron-on interfacing on the back side of the fabric and sewed them on the machine. Mom would have made hand-bound buttonholes, I hope she was not looking down at me from that sewing room in the sky!