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Sew Japan With Mie - January 2016


Sew Japan With Mie - January 2016

Every month Mie from Sewing Like Mad will be sharing a creations made from one of her favourite Japanese books. For January she made her daughter the cutest outfit. Come join the fun and add your Japanese creations to the sewalong!




I have had the privilege of getting to review not 1 but 2 Japanese Pattern sewing books. Tuttle Publishing has been translating these books to English and I've been loving them, it's not all that hard when I have been a die hard fan of Japanese books already. Today I want to talk to you about the Woman's book called "She Wears The Pants" & the little girls one called "Sewing For Your Girl". Now be sure to scroll all the way down for the giveaway.

I don't sew very often for myself and I really should. I think the idea of the photoshoot really just scares me too much. Good thing I had both MissE and MisterM help me out with posing! 

If you read my post from Friday, then you already know what I was inspired by to create these outfits. I really wanted to use the nani Iro I had bought ages ago from Miss Matatabi's for myself but didn't have enough of it to make the dress. So I was hoping to find some black lace for the back, can you believe my local fabric store had no black lace??? Seriously, isn't black lace the most popular & trendy  fabric at the moment. Oh well, I found this large floral in the shades of blue instead and I am loving the final result, even if the blues don't quite match up. 

Now about the book... I absolutely love so many of the styles in this book. I actually didn't realize it, but I already owned the Japanese version. I am happy to have the english version now, as it is much easier to follow the instructions especially when it came to find all the pattern pieces- that was the hardest part about making this dress! 

I had to make a size large ( the biggest size available), it is a good thing most of the styles are loose fitting as I will be able to make all the style even if I am wider than the required measurements. Next time I will also lengthen the dress a little ( I didn't have enough fabric this time). I am 1,72m so I am taller than the average Japanese ladies. It's really not that hard to add length to the patterns. And for 12$ for so many styles, it is well worth it. 

It would appear I am unable to follow instructions or keep a pattern as is! I opted to leave the bows in the back and add just a thin cord. I should have made it a little shorter, so the dress doesn't fall off my shoulders so much. 

I also cut the dress on the fold at the center seams ( because of my lack of fabric) instead of at the side seams as intructed- but it turned out quite fine. 

I am very excited to make another in a black wool with a ribbing at the hem instead or maybe a sequins one for a party I have at the end of the month. This is such a fast and easy sew and you can really have some fun with it. 

It was so hard to choose for MissE what to make from the "Sewing For Your Girl" book, but I've been wanting to make her some simple overalls for a while and so I went this style. 

I actually made it reversible and had to change a few things at the back waist, nothing too complicated.

This was such a pleasant and easy sew. Pretty quick too. I just love the fit. It's perfect!

The floral fabric and the light denim are from my stash. The floral is a silk cotton blend and the denim is a bamboo- both so smooth and comfy. I have to say I am a little jealous! 

Both books are totally awesome and I would really recommend them. There are so many great projects to make and how can you beat 12$, even if you end up making just one or do like me and only look at the pretty photos! 

So are you ready for some awesome photos? The kids were showing me how modelling is done. After all these years they've become quite the experts! Here we are doing our best Anna & Elsa impersonation. 

How about the monkey? 

Umm, very elegant indeed!

So who want to win a copy of each? Simply follow the instructions to the giveaway. You have until Monday August 17th at noon EST. It's open to Candian and US addresses only (sorry).