I am such a fan of Japanese Sewing. Most of the clothes I sew for myself are patterns from Japanese Sewing books. I recently purchased the book Shapes and Clothes (quite frankly, I could not resist). The book has 22 full size patterns of unconventional shapes that unexpectedly reveal themselves as draped tops and dresses. Each pattern consist of just 2 pattern pieces which makes them a quick and easy sew despite instructions being written in Japanese.
I chose pattern O, a loose fitting asymmetrical drape dress. The patterns in Shapes and Clothes are ‘one size fits all’, but I would say that this dress would fit a UK size 10 -18.
I made mine using some beautiful organic navy jersey and I just love the result. I think I’m obsessed with drapes.
I made a couple of changes to the pattern:
I raised the neckline (personal preference) and I hand stitched the hem (even though it’s a bugbear of mine), the pattern suggested iron on hemming tape, but I wasn’t sure how effective that would be. Anyway hemming didn’t take too long and I think I did a good job because it’s practically invisible from the front.
I’m looking forward to the warmer weather to get full use out of this dress. But for now, I think I’ll go back to my Shapes and Clothes book to start planning of my next project. Watch this space.
I totally agree. I am using Nana Iro and so many other books. The results are stunning.
Those look awesome! Such fun, flexible clothing. Thanks for sharing.
That is gorgeous, You can wear it with pride.