Friday, September 13, 2013

pattern review friday - japanese pattern book

I'm pretty sure I will slowly but surely sew every Japanese pattern I can get my hands on :) Today's pattern is from this Japanese sewing book:

This is actually the first pattern I used in this book, and like all the other Japanese patterns I have sewn so far, I found it to be very straight forward as long as you are familiar with basic sewing techniques.  This is pattern M in size 100.  Mae really wears a size 90, but the smallest size included in this book is 100, and I really wanted to try out one of the patterns, so the end result is a bit big.  Patience is not really my forte, so waiting for her to grow enough for the pattern to fit properly was not going to happen :)

I wish I could say that I made the star jeggings as well, but I'm going to have to give the credit to Old Navy :)  Here's the link if your little one needs a pair of her (or his!) own.

I made the vest from an old sweater knit maternity dress of mine.  Then I lined it with a fuchsia pink cotton velour.  I would not recommend that combo to anyone, because it was a bear to sew :)  The sweater knit wanted to fray and would not hold it's shape, and the velour is really, really, really (did I say really?) stretchy and slippery.  I did my best, but when I washed and dried the finished vest (yes, I machine dry almost all of the clothes we own) the lining was slightly larger than the sweater knit.  That makes the seams roll a bit toward the outside, but I kind of like seeing the bright pink around all the edges, so I'll just say that I planned it that way :)

I love this picture!  Mae and I spent lots of time this summer walking down to the neighborhood pool and playing in the parking lot and on the basketball court.  So Mae was a bit surprised this morning to come face to face with one of the more unwelcome realities of fall ... i.e. a locked gate across the entrance to the pool parking lot :)  She stood there for a few minutes trying to figure out what to do before I convinced her that we just had to turn around and go home.  Luckily, there were lots of yummy raspberries at home to ease her disappointment!

Sweater knit - Re-purposed maternity dress
Lining - Pink cotton velour
Buttons - Metal shank buttons from Joann's

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