Added Nov 25, 2010
This is my first creation from my first (and very eagerly awaited) Japanese Pattern Book (the second one I think is waiting for me at the post office to be collected – which is also very exciting!!).
The book this comes from is http://i47.tinypic.com/29f5low.jpg
The title of this book translates to “One Day Sewing Dresses and Tunics” and I made “Dress E-1”. I chose this very simple dress to make first to see how I would manage with making a Japanese pattern and because I thought it looked kinda cool. The dress only has shoulder seams, no side seams and ties in the middle. Almost like a Japanese version of the interesting Butterick “Walk A-Way Dress”.
From browsing the web – there is a lot of information out there about sewing these Japanese dress patterns – I particularly recommend – Japanese Crafting with Mari: Drafting Japanese Sewing Patterns at http://www.purlbee.com and the wonderful http://movinghands.wordpress.com/japanese-sewing-and-pattern-terms/ (moving hands also provides a link to a French site which gives a little chart of translation of Japanese terms into both French and English – which rocks).
The very clear diagrams in the book itself are very helpful as well – so if you are thinking about getting one of these pattern books I say – go for it!!!
I used size large and had to add a inch or so to the length because I am a bit taller than a large Japanese woman (lol!) and because I like my dresses/skirts to cover my knees. The first time I wore this out, when I walked (and I do quite a bit of walking – or “waddling” as I like to call it) the front rode up quite a bit and I was worried about how much of my thighs the general public where being exposed to. So I added a strip of a nice quilting print (featuring birds – of course) to the front edge and after a girlfriend’s suggestion I added a length of strung curtain weights into the hem! Niffty eh? Works a treat! Plus I think the contrast really adds something to the dress.
I also made a little matching Flower Brooch by using The Eternal Magpie’s Tutorial. I made mine a bit smaller than the one she does.
Here is the link http://eternalmagpie.com/blog/tutorials/flower-brooch-tutorial/
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