Onto another summer dress of my “personal” Summer Dress Sewing Tour 🙂
A sweet friend lend me a couple of her Japanese sewing pattern books a couple of months ago. I instantly fell in love with the simple designs and carefree clothes.
Soon, I decided it was about time I got some as well – I bought three so far and hopefully these will “feed” my sewing urges for a while.
If you follow this blog for a while, you are already familiar with my weakness for sewing dresses (it could be worse, right?), so my first buy was this cute Japanese Sewing book (not very well-known or popular, but the again, I’m always a bit behind the current trends).
Nevertheless, when the package arrived a couple of weeks later, I was a bit surprised – this is obviously not your typical sewing book: the patterns are presented “manga style” (Japanese comics) and the story tells the adventures of a mother of three girls that learns to sew dresses for her daughters – starting from simple into more elaborated designs – including pockets, hoods and even knits. It features 33 dresses (ranging from 90cm to 140 cm) and I really want to sew every single dress in it – 33 dresses from 90 cm to 140 cm, so I might be busy for quite a while.
Of course, I decided to start with a simple pinafore dress (pattern 14 minus the pockets). This were the book instructions for this pattern (doesn’t it make you smile?):
The fabric is a cotton sateen plaid from a fabric stock-off sale. It’s gorgeous and really soft to the touch (and I wish I could use it for me as well).
After reading a few posts on Japanese patterns books, I decided to add seam allowances to my pieces, which may not have been a smart decision.
The final dress was really huge on my girl (she’s 5 and tall for her age, yet I’m pretty sure the dress would only fit her in about 3 years from now …).
Unfortunately, I only realized that after the dress was completed …
I did unpick some seams and took some width from the sides, but it’s still quite big (I know it would be wiser just to unpick everything and sew it again, but in case, you haven’t noticed yet, I am not too fond of my seam ripper and I always rather sewing a new dress than adjusting one that it’s already finished. Yeah, go figure!).
She loves it, nonetheless, and due to our current heat wage (over 42ºC/108ºF during the day), a loose-fitting dress must be just what you need …
What do you think? Wear it now or save it for later? (or both, lol)
xx, Ana Sofia