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Japanese Water Garden - McCalls 5233

Added Apr 14, 2010

by dare

London, United K...






A shirt for gentle contemplation and for shuffling about the house, flower arranging and dust busting.

This is McCalls 5233. Originally I had hoped this could be a top one could wear outside the house, but it seems pretty comfortable as a housecoat, so I say, kay sera sera, let it be whatever it wants to be.

The yellow + blue flowers fabric is a $2NZ per meter cotton score and the blue is a polycotton.

I decided to make the pattern harder then it should have been, so experimented with pleats on the cuffs and on the front band, as well as on the obi. The curved pleats were very fun to draft. I can’t seem to get them pressed in an even flow, but they are still pretty neat.

The flower broach is a lotus, folded out of the same yellow fabric. The obi ties have Chinese knots.

Material Notes

Cotton and polycotton




Garment Type
Casual, Ethnic
Cotton, Blends

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    Apr 19, 2010, 12.09 PMby Made by Raki

    love it! :)))))

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    Apr 18, 2010, 05.58 PMby naughtylittlepony

    That is so pretty I love it, gorgeous fabric choices. It would be a shame not to wear it out!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 02.43 PMby dare

    Wow, thanks everyone!

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    Apr 15, 2010, 03.47 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    Just lovely! I love it!

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    Apr 14, 2010, 07.33 PMby evamarie

    Your extra touches made all the difference. Really great!

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    Apr 14, 2010, 05.46 PMby nettie

    It’s really stunning! I vote that you let it get out of the house, too!

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    Apr 14, 2010, 05.10 PMby niña blanca

    Soooo sweet!!!!!

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    Apr 14, 2010, 05.05 PMby libra-s


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    Apr 14, 2010, 02.46 PMby bridlin

    Its beautiful! Why Do you think it want to be worn inside? I think it should go outside! ;o)

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    Apr 14, 2010, 01.47 PMby gabcorb

    WOW – what a great shirt! Casual but cool and sophisticated?

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