Hello, and welcome to the February version of Sew Japan with Mie. Pheeew, just made it on the very last (extra) day of February. Happy Leap Day.
I promise that not every post will be with knit garments but I have wanted to make this dress for so long. I simply could not wait any longer. Plus the pattern comes with long sleeves too so it could also totally work for winter...with tights, a cardigan and all that other winter gear.
You can see the book and pattern in the end of this post!
It's not very often that I can use black and white photos in my blog posts because I usually sew with colorful fabrics SO today is my chance. The fabric is grey and black in case you wondered.
I bought this fabric for my romantic girl and I knew she would love it. It's heather grey cotton/lycra knit with the black lace printed on. It's from Mood Fabrics and unfortunately it is sold out, but for some reason they keep it in their shop. I wonder if that means they will get more? You can see it HERE....in color hehe.
The dotted knit is also heathered grey (dots are black) and it is a gorgeous quality bamboo knit from Harts Fabric. See it HERE.
The rib is my new go to rib. It's quite heavy so it's not for every project but it's also oh so soft. It's rayon bamboo/cotton rib from Michael Levine. See it HERE. There are some great basic colors and one yard gives you to many projects.
I think this design is so fun and clever. The button opening is faux and a great way to add some interest to an otherwise fairly plain knit dress.
I changed one thing. The book suggests to finish the neck opening with a knit binding and I just saw problems with that. Not because the technique is wrong but simply because it can be hard to get to look nice (at least to me. Maybe I should practice them more!). So instead I added a classic rib. That choice created some other problems for me though, haha. Because I had to hide the SA of the neck rib in between the top of the rib 'button placket'. So now I couldn't just fold and sew that one in one go, gah. But with 10 extra steps it finally ended up the way I wanted it. Maybe just stick with the binding next time, hehe.
Here is a closer look at that faux placket. I used my cover stitch along the button placket but it really struggled with the five layers of fabric and kept skipping stitches, grrrr. A serger will do better I think. See, I made all the mistakes for you so you don't have to, hehe.
The pattern has a back yoke and a little pleat to add a bit more width in the lower part of the bodice.
Sizing was great. I made size 130 for my 130 cm tall girl (8 yrs old) but added length in the skirt and then I, ahem, sort of graded it a bit smaller while cutting, for my around 120 cm tall 6 year old daughter. Yeah I know, but that just seemed a bit easier than tracing another size, ha.
First she called this her Kung Fu dress (huh??). Then she changed it to superhero dress and ding, I understood. Totally Superman/girl colors, ha.
The buttons are from Lots of Buttons.
Here you can see the book and what the book made with the pattern. The tee is super cute too and could obviously totally work for a girl too.
Of course I moved my buttons over, so the dresses have a girl button opening even though it's just a faux button placket. Yikes, I can't help being annoying like that.
We knew all along that a link party for Japanese patterns sewn in the last month would never be a big party. We are super grateful that we got 6 link ups and we have decided to showcase you all. Both because you all deserve it but also to show the variety in Japanese patterns.
Thank you so SO much ladies for playing along! We really appreciate it!
And remember when I said in the intro post that we might get some prizes at some point?! Well, I guess we made it to some point because the sweet and talented Gabriela from Chalk & Notch contacted us and generously donated two Japanese sewing books AND her (really great) pattern The Fishtail Kimono for next month's link up winner.
Please add any creations you've made this month using Japanese books, fabric or inspiration. We will choose our favourites and share them on the blog next month, as well as in our quarterly magazine. Use #sewjapan and #projectsewit to share on IG.
Thank you to all of you linking up and following along Sew Japan with Mie. We really so appreciate it.
Celina got post-on-leap-day-envy so she is Sew Japan guest posting on my blog today, haha.
Make sure you do not miss it HERE.