Monday, November 16, 2015

japanese sewing week - mae's star top

Welcome to the first Japanese sewing week!  Hopefully it's the first of many, because Japanese sewing patterns are probably my favorite patterns, and I really enjoy seeing what everyone makes. To get all the tour details, head over to this post on the Made by Sara blog.

I really had a hard time getting a decent picture of this top and a decent picture of Mae at the same time!  It was windy, and she wasn't too happy about having her picture taken.  Although she was enjoying taking pictures, and I'm sure there are a few interesting pictures of me on her camera right now.  Along with many, many blurry pictures of the ground and the side of the house since she took most of them while spinning in circles :)


If you scroll down to the end of this post, you can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win your own Japanese sewing books.  And even if you don't win, I highly recommend trying a Japanese sewing book.  They are where I look first to find every day (non special occasion) sewing patterns!


This top is pattern R from this book.  I've made it two times before (here and here) in the size 90, but this time I had to trace the size 110.  And I probably should have traced the size 120 sleeves, since they are barely long enough and I really want it to last throughout our long Michigan winter.  I don't normally re-use patterns, but I honestly love this one, and I'm sure I'll trace all the sizes right until Mae outgrows them!


My favorite part of the top is the placket.  The pattern calls for buttons, but my sewing machine is all wonky right now, and button holes are a no go.  So snaps it is!  Fortunately, since I used to make cloth diapers, I have quite a variety of snap colors to choose from. And since this top looks quite boyish due to being made in Mae's favorite color blue, I opted to add bright coral snaps for a little girly touch.


I like this picture of Mae even though she has a bit of a weird expression.  The truth is she sucks her two middle fingers on her left hand, which has given her a bit of an overbite.  Although I don't look forward to paying for braces some day, this is who she is today, so I can't help but love the picture!


On the other hand, these pictures aren't quite as cute ;)  I'm so glad I have a digital camera and don't have to pay to develop film!


Materials:
Star print - cotton/spandex jegging materials from Megaroos Designs on Facebook
Snaps - kamsnaps.com
Pants - upcycled (will blog about later)



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26 comments :

  1. Such a cool pattern! Those stars are perfect and the snaps detail really girl it up! And how gorgeous is that little girl!

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    1. Thanks Andreia! I'm a real fan of the stars and Mae loves her blue, so it was a perfect match ;)

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  2. Your little girl looks great in blue!

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  3. This is super good and I love the stars fabric. Great detail with the red snaps. I always put snaps in knit too....saves me a few new grey hairs haha.

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    1. Thanks Mie! And I'm not sure why anyone wants to make buttonholes in a knit ;)

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  4. Such a cool sweater! I love it! She is cute in all the pictures ;)

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    1. Thanks Rita! I think she's cute, but I may be a bit biased ;)

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  5. I love de sweater and the fabric. Congratulations! :)

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  6. I love this sweater. It looks super cozy. Nice choice with the buttons too.

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    1. Thanks! She didn't want to take it off, so I'm guessing it was pretty comfy!

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  7. Good choice of colour for the snaps, looks great with the blue star fabric. It's a really lovely pattern. The fabric looks like real good quality, I shall have to check out Megaroos Designs.

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    1. Megaroos has some great Euro prints, which are currently my favorite for sewing kids' clothes :) So far the fabric is holding up great. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks after several washes since jeggings fabric has a tendency to snag and look worn quickly.

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  8. Super cute, love the fabric. Really love the placket too and the coral snaps worked great. <3

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  9. Lovely sweater!! I love blue so I think the fabric choice is perfect and the coral snaps in the placket give it an adorable touch!

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    1. Thanks! I don't think anyone can go wrong with blue and coral :)

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  10. Beautiful!!! I love this pattern so much. I've made two dresses from it and want to make even more after seeing your lovely version!

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  11. Oh I love this pattern! Knit buttonholes are tricky at the best of times and right on the edge like with this pattern, well, you gotta love the ease and speed of snaps! Clever you.
    The blue colour is perfect with her eyes and she looks gorgeous!

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  12. Love the sweater and I think the coral snaps work are perfect in that blue. Beautiful model, btw! :-)

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  13. So glad you are doing a sewing week with those lovely books. Put my name in the drawing please.

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  14. Blue was my fave colour for many many years :) How good does it look on your daughter! It makes her beautiful eyes even brighter! I think snaps look good on this top. What's wrong with the buttonhole function on your machine?

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