It is time for Sew Japan with Mie....again. Honestly how is it possible that a month has gone by? Better get started on my April post which I have plans of being something for me.
I can't remember if I already told you this but back in December when we got the idea for Sew Japan with Mie, I actually already chose all the Japanese patterns I wanted to make for the year (although it might change over time, ha). And I actually started this overall skirt the very next day. Then halfway through I realized that it was screaming spring and put it aside for a later post. And here we are...spring time!
I had time to make a top too but it had to be something simple so it worked under the straps and front flap. Again I took a woven top pattern and used it for knits. I noticed that the back shoulder was moved forward as an effect, so that gave me the idea of using two different colors for back and front. Color blocking....they made me do it hahaha!
As you can see below I skipped the sleeves for this pattern since it already has a dolman sleeve build in the bodice and I just needed a short sleeved tee. I didn't size down even though I made a knit garment with a woven pattern but I probably should have done that. It is just on the verge of being too big. Let's call it long lasting sizing, hehe.
Here are the patterns I used. They are both from the same book a sunny spot from the Heart Warming Life Series. I have three books from this series and they are some of my favorites. If you are new to Japanese patterns this is the place to start in my opinion. I wish I knew them when I started collecting. Classic Japanese styles with a great fashionable twist.
The original pattern has this ruffle around the neckline and I decided to do something similar but more collar alike. First I cut too strips of lace and just loosely gathered it on the neckline but I couldn't handle the messy look of the raw edge and ended up cutting two new ones in double width, finished the ends but still just loosely and asymmetrically draped it on the neckline before sewing on the rib knit. I changed the width so it gets more narrow towards the back. Oh, and then I decided to leave a part CB collar free - no particular reason, I just thought it could be a fun detail.
The fabric for the skirt is the most gorgeous print of quilting cotton from Cotton + Steel bought at Miss Matatabi. Are you ready for the full name: Lucky Strikes, Clothesline Floral, Periwinkle, designed by Kimberly Kight, phew. I wish this fabric came as wall paper, I seriously love that print! Or imagine it as bed sheets.
And fun fact, the culottes made in pink fabric with mustard and black dots from my January post are from the same Lucky Strikes collection.
If you are a regular reader of my own blog Sewing Like Mad then you will know that I recently (okay, June last year) made this lady a pair of overalls (see the post HERE) and she flat out hated them but I had a feeling that she would be more positive towards an overall skirt...and I was right. She loves it.
I totally forgot to take a photo of her having her hand in her inseam side pocket but I think you can just about see it on the photo above.
I did curve the bottom of the front flap for a better fit. I did the same to the overall pants so I was prepared for that. Japanese patterns are sometimes drafted a bit too 'flat' for my taste.
I got a question the other day about how to avoid straps to slide off the shoulders and I gave this tip (that I'm pretty sure I have learned from other Japanese patterns and this one recommends it too) to sew a belt loop on the outside strap, which the inside strap can slide through. That way they stay together in the cross but they are still able to move a bit. Simple but genius!
Here you see an inside view of the straps with the belt loop. You have to do the placement of the belt loop while the child is wearing the garment. It's impossible to predict without a fitting. It will change from person to person and style to style.
She wore this outfit the rest of the day and the straps stayed in place...even during twirling!
Btw the straps were very long. I shortened mine with around 10 cm/4" and they still have plenty of extra length hiding behind the front flap.
I love the elastic in the waist in the back and the fitting waist in the front. The elastic eliminates other needs for openings and getting dressed is easy. Younger children might need help with buttoning the straps though.
You can't beat the twirling factor in a circle skirt!
That was the March edition of Sew Japan with Mie. I hope you enjoyed it.
Thank you SO much to those of you that linked up. We really really appreciate it! And BIG CONGRATS to the randomly choosen winner Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes for linking up THIS amazing amazing (yes, two times) cardigan. You have won two Japanese sewing books and the Fishtail Kimono pattern all kindly donated by Chalk and Notch. Enjoy!
I had a very hard time choosing who to feature from last month's link uppers because obviously they are all AMAZING. And more than once did I decide to feature all of them again like I did last month. But reason took over...I mean it takes forever to go grab all those photos and links from all the posts and they are still accessible in the link party, so whoever wants to see them can go back to last month's post and check them out. And I really encourage you to do that. SO MUCH good stuff!
SO I'm going to get it together and feature just one post:
Jillian from Sew Unravelled linked up 3 dresses this month and while I love them all, this flower printed one is my absolute favorite. The pattern is SO classic Japanese sewing pattern style but the fabric gives it a whole different vibe. Thank you Jillian!
Please keep posting your recent Japanese makes. A new link party opened today! And don't forget to add the hashtags #sewjapan and #projectsewit when you post about it on social media.