Strange reminder & new theme

How often do you want to do something but keep forgetting due to all that distractions in life? I am convinced some reminders are heaven sent! I was driving home after sending my princess to school last week when I stopped at the traffic light. Suddenly I noticed some letters on a delivery track in front of me.

They are on the right door panel and I enlarged it for easy viewing here.

Okay. All right. I’ve heard you loud and clear darling fabrics. I would give you a good cleaning so you would be all ready for the new sewing theme. Here you are, some of you look pretty and clean now, all washed up for some tender ironing. I still need to work on a few of you. Nonetheless, my heartbeat races just by looking at all of you and yes, I am smiling…joyfully!

I am finally using a Nani Iro double gauze (far right bottom in photo)! Yay!

My new challenge?  I will be tackling a new frontier. Japanese sewing books. I’m terrified and excited at the same time. I have to do some research on this not only because it is a brand new area but I can’t read Japanese. The Moving Hands blog which highlighted Japanese sewing and pattern terms was a great help. At least it helped me understand the notions I required and gave me hope, an added sense of confidence that I can conquer the pattern. I have only two Japanese sewing books at the moment, ‘Les couleurs francaises’ and ‘Feminine Wardrobe’. So, I will be working on projects from these first.

While researching the topic, I also chanced upon a french blog. Another language I wished I knew. The Japan Couture Addicts blog is marvelous. It showcases finished works from Japanese Sewing Books and these are categorized by the books! I found the ‘Les couleurs francaises’ showcase here and the ‘Feminine Wardrobe’ one here.  Here are my favorites!

Dress by Made By Night

Blouse by Bulle de Gum

Blouse by Le Tricomonde de Sophie

Dress by PHISSO

I am inspired 🙂 I feel fully charged and ready to take on the challenge! If my first few attempts are successful, this theme may stretch beyond two weeks as there are just so many cute blouses and dresses in the books!

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2 thoughts on “Strange reminder & new theme

  1. Wow, thank you for the link to ‘Japan Couture Addicts Blog’, I am trying to make some toddler outfit from one of the books, is good to see others have actually made clothes out of these books already. Useful link!!

    Japanese pattern books provide very good instructions, although one doesn’t understand the language!

    Would like to ask you the top middle japanese fabric you have (the one with the kids background with the pre-scalloped edges), where can you buy this? And approximately how much per meter? Many Japanese pattern books call for fabrics with pre-scalloped edges! I haven’t been able to find any so far.
    Thank you

  2. You are most welcomed! Yes, it is good to know it can be done hahaha. The fabric is called goldilocks and I got it from Moopie fabric sometime back (you can find this under my fabric sources). I also saw some scalloped fabric on the fabric tales website (rather pricey though). Good luck in your fabric hunt! That’s what makes it more fun right?

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