Machine embroidery threads were on sale at Spotlight, the Australian-owned craft shop. 3- and 9-packs polyesters were much cheaper than the 6-pack rayons, but Rose and I chose them pretty much by color. Rose told me that if I wet them, I can break a rayon yarn easily, but not the polyester, though Sue told me polyester can be overdyed. I got 18 spools. Rose got a bag full for Marlborough Weavers group.
We also looked at and discussed sewing patterns for the garment projects. If I were to make something for myself, or something in a standard size to sell or enter into exhibitions, one of the things I would consider are raglan-sleeved jackets. I had never heard of Kwik Sew, (Butterick was always my favorite,) but their catalog had a great number of simple patterns. Last night we were told by the more experienced garment-maker-weavers to first make a dummy garment with old sheets or muslin and make adjustments with these before planning the fabric to weave. By the same token, I'm sure I could adjust the patterns somewhat at this stage, but I have very little experience in this area.
Anyhoo, today I thought these patterns might work for my project, but I didin't buy any because I might change my mind.
Kwik Sew patterns, raglan/dolman sleeves, very easy jackets: 3564, 2829, 3459 (favorite of the day.)
Also 3292, (ummmm... maybe?) 2925 (not sure.)
Regular sleeves: 3438 (massive braiding opportunity), 3096, 3379 (braiding and tasseling options)
Nostalgic, and easy to envision these in handwoven fabric: 3679
For these, I'm thinking of light-weight merino or wool fabric with some merino in it. I don't want to line, even if it's in wool. But I may have an opportunity to buy an overlocker; my friend Nancy is moving back to Australia and doesn't want to take hers back.
Edit: Some sewing pattern websites for your convenience:
Butterick, McCall, Vogue
Simplicity (Project Runway Kit for Kids???)
There is a Folkware Design Challenge halfway down this page.