Hi! By now you will have met all the other contributors to the Petit a Petit and Family team, so this is me bringing up the rear. I'm Emi, and I'm currently living in Japan with my husband and daughters. I began sewing a few years ago, around the time my youngest was born. I have always been a dabbler, so when I was first learning how to sew, I wasn't sure if it was something I would stick with or if it would be a hobby that I only indulged in once in a while. Well...I think it's safe to say that I am now obsessed, and I even occasionally blog over at Just Add Fabric. That is, when I'm not busy dancing to musicals in the living room with my daughters, haha.
Those who know me probably know by now that I have a "slight" fabric obsession as well. And my main love is nani IRO. What's not to love, right? Gorgeous colors, dreamy prints, delicate textures.... Just hop on over to the nani IRO website and sigh....
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Naomi Ito's brand, nani IRO, for Kokka fabric and the 2016 collection was inspired by her trips to Hawaii. You can visit the nani IRO website for a look at the entire collection, and if you are not living in Japan but are interested in ordering some fabric for yourself, I can highly recommend Miss Matatabi's Etsy shop. The service is amazing and the shipping is quite fast. These are just a few of my favorites from her shop.
Hawaii has a special place in my heart, as it was where my husband and I had our wedding and honeymoon. We chose our daughter's name as a "reminder" of the wonderful time we had there. So when I read that the nani IRO collection was Hawaii-inspired, I knew I had to go see it right away. (Oh, who am I kidding? I would have gone regardless. It's nani IRO!!!)
The collection was showcased in two locations, and since I live too far away from the nani IRO atelier, I visited Cocca, situated in Daikanyama, to admire the fabrics. It's a beautiful space, but as you are not allowed to take photographs inside the shop, you will just have to take my word for it. I did manage to take a photo of the sign outside the shop.
But the fabric! Oh, I had such a hard time narrowing down my choices. Fortunately, I already knew which pattern I wanted to sew. I'd been wanting to make Celina's Ash Jumpsuit for the longest time, and after seeing Mie's gorgeous Ash Jumpsuit Turned Dress, I decided that I wanted to try out a top and skirt ensemble. For the skirt, I used the "Flared Skirt" pattern from the nani IRO sewing book (which seems to be out of print, but used copies are available on Amazon Japan here). So the daunting task ahead of me was sticking to my plan of buying just 2 prints.
When I finally made my choice, I was happy to learn that anyone who makes a purchase will receive a copy of the catalogue and two commemorative pencils as a gift. How fun is that!
I couldn't wait to get home and start sewing! I made the size 4T Ash top, using 5T length, as my daughter is quite particular about no belly exposure under ANY circumstances (ah, these little dictators!).
The nani IRO skirt pattern G ("flared skirt with ribbon") runs from size 90cm to 110cm. My daughter is nearly in 120cm in most Japanese patterns, so I used the size 110cm and added a bit of lace and 3cm extra to the hem so that it would last her through the summer. I decided not to use the ribbon, as she doesn't like to tuck in her tops so it wouldn't be seen anyway, but it is a lovely touch if you decide to make this pattern.
Although it's been quite chilly here, my daughter was so excited to put on her outfit and go play in the garden. We are so looking forward to springtime!
So I will leave you with the happy thought of springtime, plus one little teaser. As I mentioned, I bought another fabric, and of course I couldn't wait to sew that one up, too.
If you want to see what I did with this beauty, please hop on over to my blog to have a look! Thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear your thoughts!