While I was away from my sewing machine, my husband and I managed to catch three movies (Inception, Salt and Eclipse), get our hair trimmed at the salon and enjoy a couple massage. We even brought the kids to the beach, the park and went swimming together. Couple and family time have been great but it has been almost a week since I last had my sewing machine plugged in. I was very much looking forward to creating again. However, I must admit that when this day came, it was not easy getting my sewing groove back.
It took some effort to pull myself away from my Macbook and to get into the fabric cutting mode this morning. And after I changed the machine needle, the machine threader was not working properly so I’ve been relying on my eyes to do the threading the entire day which became rather exhausting. I never knew how much I have taken the threader for granted. *sigh*.
Anyways, I am happy that at the end of the session, I completed my first project of the week and my final project from the Japanese Sewing Book ‘Feminine wardrobe’. That means, I get to make my Echino dress! Yipee!
Here’s me sporting a new tan and my Nani Iro Tunic. I love this Double Gauze fabric I got from Fabric Tales Japan. It is too gorgeous! I was crazy enough to leave the collection and designer names on one of the sleeves!
I knew I wanted to make a tunic with this fabric when I bought it but I have not tried Japanese sewing books then. The fabric print is very serene and reminded me of watercolor paintings. I wanted to use a pattern that is different yet simple. I’m very glad I waited and finally used this Japanese pattern and adapted it for a tunic.
This is the original photo from the book and the dress pattern which I adapted.
The pattern is C3 from the book and I used the bodice pieces from C2 as they were essentially the same pieces, only shorter. I didn’t use elastic for the sleeves as I thought that would be too puffy for my liking. I used french seams for the inside of sleeves so they looked neat even from outside. I love the front yoke and the pleats on the front bodice, back bodice and sleeves.
I love this tunic. It is super comfy and perfect for summer! Think I am getting the groove back.
Wow, that is gorgeous. Another job well done! Sounds like you had a really nice break with your family…
Gorgeous! I love the fabric and the blouse pattern. So cute.
J’adore et comme d’habitude ton tissu est ravissant 🙂
This is GORGEOUS! I have to tell you that I bought this Japanese sewing book because of the great projects you said you’ve made from it. Thanks for being the push I needed to FINALLY buy a Japanese sewing book! Can’t wait to see how your dress turns out, I’m sure it’s going to be marvellous.
It’s so gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job!
this is very pretty ! I love your recent projects from the japanes book !
J’adore! Ce tissu est ravissant!
I understand the difficulty in getting back into the sewing groove. Congrats for doing so which resulted in a beautiful top. I really will have to try to get that book!
superbe, comme tout ce que tu fais, et j’aime beaucoup le tissu que tu as choisi 🙂
magnifique , j’adore ! tres beau choix de tissu
Congrats! your tunic is absolutely wonderful… I love sooo much Nani Iro fabrics and the pattern suits it perfectly. You look as beautiful as the model on the book! :o)
That is gorgeous! I love the print.
It is very pretty..!! Well done
thumbs up! i must say i like your version of the sleeves better.
Wonderful ! and very nice fabric !
Thanks Kristen! Yes, we had a tremendous time:)
Thank you Elizabeth and Sophie!
Wow! I am honored! I can’t wait to see the items you make from the book!
Thank you Angela!
Thank you! I read on your blog how busy you are. Hope to see your completed job dress soon!
Thank you! It’s a fabulous book and once I got a hang of it, it wasn’t so difficult to understand after all.
merci beaucoup adeline!
Wow Helenem, you made my day LOL. Thank you so much!
Thank you Sertyan & Kat!
Thanks Fiona, I’m glad you like the sleeves!
Thank you! I love the fabric too!
Ahhhhhh, I am droooooooooling all over my computer now. LOVe your fabric choice, LOVE your top. YUMMY!!! You are sooooo grooving :-))
J’adore ce modèle et ce tissu fleuri est non seulement ravissant mais il te va très bien. Très joli blog. Ghislaine
Merci Ghislaine! Je suis heureux que vous aimez mon blog et la blouse:)
LOL! Thanks Simone, good to know you are back and sewing again!
What a beautiful blouse! And its so much more impressive than the pattern photo too. I love those sleeves. There is nothing to be said about your fabric choice except excellent.
You have been sewing a lot lately! It encourages me so much!
Nani iro fabric is one of my favorite! They are so lovely. That bow at the bust is really cute.
I actually have the same fabric. Like its softness.
Thank you Ophelia! You have been sewing a lot too and creating such inspiring pieces! Yes, double gauze fabric feels so soft and comfy, love them!
Thanks Jali! I think the pattern photo has a very different typical Japanese look which is very charming too 🙂
Whaouh I love it !!
Beautiful tunic. That is a must have for my collection.
Thank you Brittney!
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I really would like to try this book 🙂