Have you been following the series Sew Japan with Mie? Mie, of Sewing Like Mad, is hosting a sewing series on Celina’s blog, Petit a Petit + Family. During this monthly series Mie shares her adventures sewing from Japanese pattern books. Both Mie and Celina are two of my favorite bloggers – both for their style and impeccable taste! I have been wanting to join them since this series started. You can see posts from the series here: January’s post and February’s post. This month I took a quick break from drafting my latest pattern to join the party. I sewed my first pattern from a Japanese sewing book. I hope you like it!
I received a few Japanese sewing books for Christmas (well, “received” is a little misleading – I ordered myself a few books is more accurate!). I chose to sew the style “V” from Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori. I love the relaxed look and simplicity of this pattern.
Since this was my first time working with a Japanese pattern book I was a little worried about the work involved. The patterns are included in the book on one (or more) large sheets, with the patterns layered on top of each other. It looks a little crazy at first. After you find your style, you trace the pattern using tracing paper, add your prefered seam allowances and cut it out. I’m happy to say that it wasn’t hard or time consuming at all. If you are nervous too, don’t be!
As I was working on this style I remembered that it resembled a style that I had pinned a long time ago, a Gingham check dress by Tumor Chisato (so long ago the link is no longer available). I had fabric on hand that was similar to the inspiration photo, so I attempted to recreate a similar look. Since the series is Sew Japan with Mie – color blocking was in order! I added a seam towards the hem of the pattern to allow for color blocking but made no other adjustments.
I hope you get a chance to join this series. Each month you can link up to the end of the post. This month I am joining these ladies and hosting a giveaway. If you link up you can enter to win 2 Japanese sewing books and my pattern the Fishtail Kimono. There is a rafflecopter at the end of the post here. Hope to see you there and good luck!