Added Jul 1, 2010
A few weeks ago I was skipping blog by blog and I read Cecili’s post, where she started a sew along of a Japanese top. I really enjoyed the Grosgrain blog’s sew along, and I almost joined to this one, but I had to realize, that I couldn’t hold myself to the plans, and I decided to make it as I can. Finally, here it is, my Spread Buttons Nani Iro Top.
After I saw so many simple, but cute creations made from Japanese patterns, I was keen to try one. This pattern is a free Nani Iro pattern by Naomi Ito, from this site. Thanks for the hint, I grabbed some more patterns, too.
I found it easy to decipher, the diagrams are really clear. I slightly altered the neckline, actually because I’m not good in free hand drawing, so I drafted it less curvy. Usually I ask my husband to draw curves, since he’s a graphic artist, but this time he was 1000 km far from home.
After I basted the top together, it hanged on me weird, so I decided to add pleats/darts to narrow it, but kept its simple shape, which I liked very much. The sleeves turned out OK, I thought they were much larger. Also this was my first try on plaid, I cut very careful to match them up, and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I tend to try new technics at each project to improve my skills. To make this top a bit playful I added self covered buttons. First I wanted only one, but I enjoyed covering buttons so much that I just couldn’t stop to do it, so made six of them, all different sizes. I also topstitched one neckline at the inner line with pink.
I’m very happy with it, it’s so light and comfortable, and it was fun to make.
light weight plaid cotton, buttons
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