Today I am over at You & Mie for her series on Japanese Sewing Books. The series walks you through all the steps you need to know from Japanese pattern books. They can be a bit intimidating, but they also can be a lot of fun. My post is all about finding your pattern and tracing it. Sounds easy, but there are some tricks you need to know. Hop on over to Cherie's lovely blog for my post, and all the guest posts this week!
In honor of Japanese Sewing Books week, I sewed up this sundress from my favorite Japanese sewing book, Happy Homemade Vol. 2. Well, to be honest, I dug up this dress that I sewed most of last spring, then hemmed it and added buttons (in honor of Japanese Sewing Books week). Why I sew 90% of something and then abandon it is beyond me.
But anyway, it's done and (still) fits! I'm going to do a form style report on this one, because 3 days into spring break and the children have run me ragged already. My brain is not functioning at full capcity.
the fabric: oh, the fabric is lovely. It is 100% cotton shirting I got from the good fabric store in my neighborhood. They have a lot of beautiful fabrics, but mostly in ugly prints. This tiny blue stripe was perfect, though. It's a good weight too, just right for when (if?) summer comes. I went with polka dot buttons because it's stripes + polka dots up in here, all the time.
the pattern: the pattern is from Happy Homemade Vol. 2. I sew from this book a lot; I talk about it a lot too. I think it's a great 1st Japanese sewing book. I'd love to do some sort of sew-along thing-a-bob with the patterns in the book. Anyone up for it? Maybe after KCW? Anyway, the pattern. The pattern was pretty simple, because, well the dress is pretty simple. I do remember the armholes being super fussy and weird.
the sewing: There was a little swearing, but there alway is, isn't there? The fabric was dreamy. The striped bias tape turned out really nice, as did the bias cut bodice piece. I'd say not bad for a dress half done, abandoned, and (because it's almost Easter, I'm just going to go for it and say...) resurrected. Ha!