[LMB] OT: Making a dress

Jason Long sturmvogel66 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 8 16:59:27 BST 2019

Crikey, mate! That's even worse than I'd imagined, although I expect
experience would have allowed her to shorten the time required to some

On Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 11:35 AM Pruehs, Ree <RPruehs at brooksupg.com> wrote:

> Lorelei Kaena wrote:
> >> And the biggest, *make cloth*. I actually do it from raw fiber, to
> >> save money and occupy time, and for any amount you?re going to weave
> >> you?re going to need everyone you can get to be a decent spinner.
> And Jason Long wrote:
> >How cool! What would be your estimate of the time required to make a
> >shirt or dress from start to finish? And do you find it more efficient to
> >organize your workflow in stages (all the fiber processing in one stage,
> >spinning thread in another, etc.) or to do it more-or-less in one
> continuous
> >process?
> I can kindasorta answer this one because a friend of mine did it. Some of
> it, at least.
> For her senior class project for her degree in textile arts from Michigan
> State, she started with a really beautiful brown fleece and:
> Carded the wool
> Spun half the thread she needed with a spinning wheel
> Warped the loom (I believe with the thread she spun)
> Wove the cloth (using purchased thread for the weft)
> Felled the cloth in her bathtub
> Drafted a pattern
> Made a simple cotehardie using a sewing machine
> Total time spent: 2000 hours. Minimum wage US at the time was $3. She used
> to call that cotehardie her $6000 dress.
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