Thursday, September 11, 2014

sew it all series - japanese pattern book: dress

For the first item in Mae's capsule wardrobe, I sewed a denim suspender skirt, which you can find here in case you missed it.  Continuing with the theme of sewing a coordinating wardrobe from Japanese sewing books, the next item is a dress.  The pattern is from this book and I blogged about this (almost) exact dress here last year.  The first dress was a constant favorite with both Mae and I, but it was really getting too tight across the shoulders and upper arms, so I decided a new dress was in order.


The dress is a combination of patterns from the book, all in a size 100.  The bodice is Dress A type 1 (page 6), as is the skirt except with the back skirt piece cut on the fold because I didn't want to continue the snap placket all the way down the dress.  The 3/4 sleeves are from Dress B type 3 (page 18).  So far, this pattern book has the best fitting clothes for Mae, so I can see myself using the patterns many more times :)


When I first decided to sew Mae a dress, I chose the fabric before I chose the pattern.  I wasn't feeling particularly inspired, so I went to Joann's and just looked around for a while.  I know I stated in this post that I rarely use quilting cottons, but while I was browsing, I came across this grey and navy print from Jules & Coco.  As soon as I felt it (very soft!) and saw the beautiful drape, I chose to ignore that it was shelved with the quilting cottons.  Mae must have agreed with me because she carried it on her lap until we got to the cutting counter, petting it the entire time!


I really love sewing from Japanese patterns, but for some reason I don't style Mae's clothes remotely like the books.  For example, most of the books feature solid fabrics, or a small/subtle print.  Every once in a while, there is a shirt made from a striped fabric.  But what you rarely see is a print combined with another print.  I tried to choose a print for this dress that I felt was in keeping with the Japanese aesthetic (subtle with minimal colors) but I couldn't help pairing it with metallic polka dot tights and sparkly boots.  I promise I tried!  I even got out the solid tights and the pewter colored shoes, but I just couldn't do it :)  I think Michigan weather is sometimes just bland enough that I need color and pizazz to make it though the day.  Don't get me wrong, Michigan has many beautiful days as well, but today just wasn't one of them!


If you are interested in learning more about the author/designer of this Japanese sewing book, head over to Nutta who is doing a review of the book today.  And while you're there, check out the cute dress and coat sewn by Marisa from thirtynine!


And with that ... we are outta here!


Materials:
Dress - Jules & Coco Eclipse from Joann's
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Tights - Mini Boden
Boots - H&M

8 comments :

  1. Ooooh, I know that feeling about styling in Japanese Sewing Books! They look very stylish but I feel like "isn't it too chic for the kids?". And yes, Japanes people doesn't pair prints with prints. Lol. I got surprised how clothes in the US were much vivid and full of print (and people coordinate them with other prints!). Everything is too chic here in Japan.
    Anyway, your dress is so adorable on Mae! Thank you for mentioning my series!

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    1. I love your series and will mention it as much as possible! I made sure to put a link on my Facebook page as well ;)

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  2. Beautiful dress and such a lovely, subtle print. I don't often pair prints with prints, but I see it a lot on other people's kids and often admire their style. And I really like Mae's dress worn with the spotty tights. I've made two versions of a very similar dress but from a different Japanese book - in fact I'm currently making version 3, with a few modifications, as a nightie :)

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    1. Thanks Marisa! I just spent some time on your blog looking at all of your lovely outfits sewn from Japanese patterns! I can't wait to see more :)

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  3. I love your "prints mix"and the dress is really pretty. I never sewed from a japaned book but following your series, I'm more and more tempted!

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    1. You should give it a try! The patterns are wonderful!

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  4. This dress is soo cute! I love it!

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  5. Late to the party, but I love seeing this. I have many, many Japanese sewing books, but I think this one has to be about my favorite. Thank you for sharing. I feel inspired to start mixing up patterns -- or maybe just copy yours. I am in need of a long-sleeve option or two.

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