My immediate thought, given my background, was of Jesus' robe "having no seam, being woven from the top down" (John 6:23) and folks who may have wanted to emulate that over the centuries. Not finding much else at my first Google attempt, I checked in this morning, and she'd found this lovely seamless shirt, woven in Glasgow by a David Anderson in 1821, and presented to King George IV —
Labeled "A Shirt completely finished in the Loom without one stitch of Needle-work in the whole, by David Anderson, Weaver in Glasgow. It is believed that this is the most ingenious piece of Work that ever came from the Loom."
I found also an interesting discussion over at Weavolution that includes core contemporary book resources for shaping garments on the loom:
Here's a blog post from the ingenious Katie Meek, with a historical (1680) record of a loom built for weaving shirts with sleeves with no seams - it's a warp-weighted loom, which is an early technology that lasted quite a while in some parts of the world. http://
Historically, various Pacific Northwest folks used tripod looms for weaving in the round: http://