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Retro (Japanese) Rainbow Top

Added Jul 5, 2012

by bethmaryharley

Singapore, Singa...






This is based on a burdastyle magazine pattern from the April 2012 issue (it’s number 116) using some very beautiful and very cheap (100 yen for a metre!) Japanese fabric that grabbed my attention. I get lots of approving looks from little old ladies on the train in Tokyo, and it’s my most successful top to date! I pretty much followed the pattern instructions, but I changed the collar (by adding a narrower band of interfacing) to make it less like a school blouse. I think it needs to be longer, but it works well as a light jacket over dresses and as a blouse with high waisted skirts and trousers.

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Ethnic, Other, Vintage

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    Sep 3, 2012, 09.28 PMby poldapop

    Oh, this is fantastic. I love the fabric and are those square buttons? Very cool!

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      Sep 5, 2012, 06.48 AMby bethmaryharley

      They are square! Although I lost one of them because I didn’t sew it on tight enough… :( Thank you! I love fabric shopping here – there’s just so many beautiful designs and colours!

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    Jul 9, 2012, 07.38 PMby Heleen de Haan

    I loved Japan! We will definitely return to Tokyo one day :) I really have to get started on this project! now i’m totally excited :)

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      Jul 10, 2012, 06.50 AMby bethmaryharley

      I can’t wait to see! What are you making with it? Very glad you liked it here, but it’s a bit too humid and hot for me at the moment!

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    Jul 6, 2012, 09.26 AMby janul

    beautiful fabric!

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      Jul 9, 2012, 06.30 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you! It completely grabbed my attention from beneath about 20 huge rolls of fabric! :)
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      Jul 9, 2012, 07.50 PMby janul

      I have a dress with similar pattern! in fact, it´s traditional pattern for sea (waves)… http://okami.fr/blog/en/t-shirt-marin/

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      Jul 10, 2012, 06.47 AMby bethmaryharley

      Wow! That would be a very cool dress! Did you make it and have you uploaded a photo? I would love to see it!

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      Jul 14, 2012, 09.32 PMby janul

      I didn´t make the dress :). In fact, the wave pattern is combined with other patterns, the dress looks kind of asian… I got it in a thrift store :). A friend told me it´s the sea pattern when he saw me in the dress :).

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    Jul 6, 2012, 05.54 AMby Heleen de Haan

    oh wow! I bought the same wonderful fabric when I was in Japan last fall, I’m still figuring out what to make out of it. I like it so much I want something really nice :) mine was just a bit more expensive than 100 yen per meter haha! I really like your blouse!

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      Jul 9, 2012, 06.29 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thanks, Heleen! Oh, how exciting! I wish I still had some left, but pretty much every last scrap is gone now… :( Did you like Japan? Tokyo has some amazing material shops – I am very lucky indeed! Can’t wait to see what you make! :)
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    Jul 5, 2012, 08.58 PMby pink-cornelia

    absolutely, love it. the print is so pretty, very stylish top.

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      Jul 9, 2012, 06.28 AMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you! I think the print would look great whatever it was made into! I love it so much, I keep using it to make very funky pockets for plain skirts! :)

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