Pattern: Top E from this Japanese Pattern Book.
Fabric: purple polka dot gauze from Fabric Depot’s Outdoor sale for $2/yard
A very special moment for me when L was taking time to do a little face and toe painting before we went to school. I wonder where she gets it from because I hardly use any make-up. The pattern is quite simple to assemble. The only thing I found tricky was that the bottom of the bodice and the top of the skirt both had to be gathered before they were sewn together. Which isn’t very stable. And in the end the gathering is not quite even all around but as I am probably the only one even noticing anything. Next time I would stabilize one of the gathered ends by sewing it against a tape down first to the wrong side of the garment.
I love the back overlaid openings but that’s something I will hardly be able to pull of anymore. But who cares if you have a little one who can pull it off no problem. Still a tiny bit too big but as summer is dwindling down now, I am glad it will fit just right next summer!
I haven’t posted about one of my newer japanese children’s pattern book aquisitions. The lady at the japanese bookstore always greets me happily when she sees me again. She knows that I’ll be leaving the store with at least 1 new purchase. Again, I have no idea what the title is. Maybe Liz can help me out again?!
This book is a lovely book which uses a lot of natural fiber fabrics in its styles: Hemp, Linen and Cottons (or at least that is what it looks like). I have made a couple of pieces with it already, some of which I haven’t posted yet. But anyways, hope you enjoy having a closer look and maybe get inspired buying a copy yourself?
I made the longer top with the open back and tie-closure in July and am still due to post about it. Next week latest. I promise.
Style H, on the right is the pattern I used for the little natural dyed tunic i made a couple of months back.
Style N, the skirt on the right was basis for this skirt where I salvaged an old Linen tunic of mine.
Girls Style Book
Pattern: Dress A
Fabric: Liberty of London, Tana Lawn
Still waiting for Summer here in the Pacific Northwest! Reason enough to escape cloudy Portland, to spend some quality time in southern California. Andy could surf and L play in the surf and sand. I figured, she needed a couple more sundresses. This one I made in May from some fabric Andy brought back from a recent trip to London where he presented this. I loved the fabric the first time I saw it on Karen’s blog and the lovely dress she made for herself. This girls dress, came out very sweet. Simple shape for the body and elastic around the neckband. Quick and satisfying little project.
And may I say, L looks adorable in it!
The Lobby of the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach was a lovely backdrop to photograph this dress. And she even cooperated.
May 13th. Sunny. And this is what I am wearing today:
Skirt: Mama-Girl Japanese Pattern book available here. Fabric, Striped Cotton Canvas from Cool Cottons.
Bag: Encino Nico Fabric, Pattern: Carry Me – Boutique Bags to sew – more info see below.
Diesel Tee, Levi’s Denim Jacket, Woven Boots. And need a haircut. Again.
Skirt is super easy to make – and only pattern dimensions are given in the book. Basically it’s two rectangles sewn together while one is ruffled. Drawstring tunnel and off you go. My daughter has one too, but she refused to wear it this morning. I am sure I’ll catch her in it one day in may.
Bag is a bit more tricky but still a lovely project to make in a day. Unfortunately I found out too late that the fabric ink is not very robust. Comes off easily – especially when you chuck it into the bike-basket. Oh well, I love it still.
Months ago, I committed to sew everything for Leona and I. Actually I committed to make everything from japanese sewing magazines. Since then I branched out even further, having sewn all kinds of things. But I haven’t really been keeping up on blogging about it to keep track. When I read on Sew-I-Do about Me-made-may (flickr), I decided to jump on the bandwagon and just get all my projects online.
Yesterday (and today):
Striped Tunic top that I’ll wear and wear and wear – almost every day…
Pattern: Built by me (Wendy Mullen) available here.
Fabric: Black Soy/Elastan blend, Cotton/Elastan Striped Jersey
On L: Mermaid dress, Hand knitted jumper (Debbie Bliss)
Stylish Dress Book 2
Now my wallpaper is officially competing against my dress. Pardon the terrible photo quality, the exposure is totally off and the weather wasn’t helping either. And next time I won’t be taking pictures from an angle as high as this one. But I thought, I post anyways. Who knows, when I get myself to take another picture, weather being nice to me AND have washed hair…
The fabric of this dress is a find at Mills End, $2.99/yard and has been there since 1999. That means 11 years sitting there – would you consider this vintage? When do we speak about vintage anyways? I’d personally start in the 70s and earlier. Everything after that I’d call by it’s aera. But how about you? When do you start calling something vintage?