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Monday, 9 February 2015

Japan Sew Along: Muslins and DD2#4 the fourth

I do love Japanese Pattern Books and Magazines, and I have quite the collection...
So, joining the Second Japan Sew Along over at Tanoshii seems a natural fit ;)
This post covers the first 3 weeks. I've been following along and chatting on Instagram, being inspired by the community's discussions and progress to date.
Basic Black semifitted shirt bodice as a top
Japan Sew Along, schedule (january 26 – march 9, 2015)
The weekly meetings of the sew along will take place on Monday when I will publish my article here on „Tanoshii“. 
Montag, january 26, 2015 Do you already have experiences with japanese sewing patterns, or is it the first time you are stepping into this field? Do you already have concrete plans, or are you still looking for inspiration? --- For all those who live in the northern hemisphere: What are your ideas for styling the light blouses and tunics to make them wearable in winter?

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Montag, february 2, 2015 Which pattern did you chose? Do you already know which fabric to use for it?
I have many Japanese pattern books/magazines, mainly as I adore browsing through them for inspiration. I'm definitely most inspired by the more unusual designs, I adore the Drape Drape series by Hikato Sato and Shape Shape by Natsuno Hiraiwa. 
I'm quite happy that I fit into the L/XL sizing of many of them. I did make my 2nd DD2#4 with the stretch running lengthwise and it required an additional 4cm of ease over my hips, so I'd say it's really  drafted for hips of 38". 
Montag, february 9, 2015  The pattern is prepared. Are you planning alterations? Do you already have the fabrics? Will it be necessary to make a muslin, or are you brave and cut “good” fabric?
To 'cleanse my palate' and remind myself why I adore Japanese sewing patterns, I made a quick DD2#4, my fourth version of this pattern, and it was as delightful as my previous versions.
The grey striped fabric is so wonderfully soft, although those stripes have no relationship to the grain of the fabric in any way.

I also used the semi-fitted bodice (K) from BasicBlack, which I've previously made up as a cotton shirt, to make a 3/4 sleeve top in a stable cotton knit to check my fit. This is the size M bust (cut on a CF fold), graded out to XL at the waist & hips, with the darts unsewn.
The book is the Octonauts and the Sea of Shades, it matches my top!
Both of these books are in English in my library, so I felt it would be prudent to revisit them before I tackled a pattern from one of my Japanese only books.
A very familiar pattern piece ;) DD2#4
 I'm still undecided about which pattern I will choose next (does that take me back to Feb 2nd?)
#1: As it is finally warm here, I have thought about making Top a/1 from Shape Shape 1, in a divine blue Liberty that I've been procrastinating about sewing with. The attached contrast scarf will be in a well loved silk that is worthy of the Liberty.
I'll use my Basic Black bodice overlaid on the Shape Shape #1 #1 top to confirm that the top will fit me and then cut it out.
If I choose to also make a top from 'she has a mannish style'  or 'I am cute dress book' (yes, I like #21 'I am shift into tunic'), I will use the same method of checking for pattern ease before cutting my fabric.
Option #2 is #11 'square cut and sewn' from 'she has a mannish style' and I think there will be several versions of this sewn during this Sew Along. I have a Japanese cotton (very stable) knit earmarked for a light summery top.
And #3 is from Drape Drape 1, top 12 'drawstring detail drape top'. I cut this out in a very stretchy knit at Sewaway last year and it was ridiculously large. I've tissue fitted the pattern and removed 2" of ease from each side seam and have a gorgeous reversible striped knit that is looking for a pattern to showcase both sides.
and one day I'll score a photo shoot without strong wind... one day...
....more to come in a few Mondays... or on march 9 ;)
Montag, february 16, 2015 Have you started already? Would you like to share your first experiences with the pattern and the fit?
Montag, february 23, 2015 Current state I: Is your first project ready? Are you planning another one? Or are you stuck and need some help and advice? Do you like your garment and its fit? Or does it need alterations? Are you satisfied with the fabric and pattern size you chose? How are you going to style and wear it? Will you need shirt/jacket/pants to combine?
Montag, march 2, 2015 Current state II: Share your progress! Do you like it more after making some alterations? --- Or did you sew another piece?
Montag, march 9, 2015 Finale and conclusion: More japanese sewing?
Some remarks for those who share their sewing projects on Instagram: Please use the hashtag #2015jsa so we can all find your contributions and tag @stoffbuero so I don’t miss any! Thanks!

20 comments:

  1. I adore Japanese pattern books, and find the tracing quite theraputic! Both of these tops are fabulous, but so is your photography. I love the windswept cornfield photoshoot. How do you find instagram? I haven't ventured on there yet for fear of losing even more of my life to the computer!

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    1. Isn't tracing lovely, I think of it as colouring in for grown ups ;)
      All photography credits go to DH, he loves getting out & about & finding new vistas - and I'm a tad more co-operative than our little people, so he finds taking blog pics more relaxing than trying to get photos of them ;)
      Instagram is possibly my favourite online site - it's so much more visual and chatty than Twitter, I love seeing snippets of people's creativity, their fabric and pattern thoughts and random inspiration images. It can use up a lot of time, however I do suggest popping over & trying it out ;)

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  2. the striped shirt is amazing - thank you for sharing it here!

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    1. Thank you ;) I'm quite excited to see your versions of "Féminin Masculin" from Yoko Takada - I have moments when I wish that I'd realised it had already been translated into French, as mine is in Japanese ;)

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  3. Wow, you have an amazong collection and quite an experience! I must say that I am also attracted by the "Shape Shape" books (not so much by "Drape Drape"), but nevertheless always fall back on Tsukiori.

    It's great to have you in, and yes I agree with Mrs Schneidernmeistern: The shirt is great!

    Have fun!
    Catrin

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    1. Thank you ;) And Thank You so very much for organising everything, and for being so welcoming to those of us who are English only speakers, we definitely appreciate being part of your community!

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  4. So lovely to see you making up such a lovely top. I'm looking forward to your next choice/s

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    1. Thanks Maria, I do love this pattern. I quite like being spoilt for choice, however it doesn't make decision making any easier ;)

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  5. So lovely, Nic! When I think of gorgeous Japanese design lines I always think of you- it's such a perfect fit :D

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    1. Thanks Amanda ;)
      And I'm a tad happy to reconfirm that I have sleeves, sleeves ;) ;)

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  6. These are great Nic! Those shapes truly suit you. I love the look of the Drape Drape patterns but they just don't look good on me. I totally forgot to refer to the sewalong in my post on the pineapples dress! I wonder if I can fix that? I'm hoping to make one more item. Can't wait to see more from you

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    1. Thanks Jillian - it's taken me ages to work out what it is that I really like about different patterns. This one has only one real seam, so it takes no time to sew, and gives me the illusion of a waist - it's definitely my favourite. I think that's why I like the Japanese books so much, they seem more drafted for my shape than La Mia Boutique or the more hourglassy indies.
      - and I'm forever putting a last minute edit into my posts (like the year of my culottes pattern), so it should work ;) Have you linked it over on Tanoshii as well? I didn't realise I could have linked my IG pic last week as well, so I'll do that for the next one.
      & I can't wait to see your next creation! ;)

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  7. Hi MaciNic, Your collections are very awesome and top you wear looking very cool to you. Japanese books have really a great selection of unique and beautiful dress patterns.

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    1. Thank you. I agree, Japanese books are unique and often timeless in their designs, and I am very thankful that we can now buy them from Japan.

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  8. Great tops and fun pictures too!!

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    1. Thanks Rhonda ;) It was windy but fun, so I'm glad that comes across ;)

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  9. I'm so glad that fabric found a good home:) those stripes are so far off grain its kind of hilarious. The Japanese style suits you so well

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    1. Thanks Sarah, it's gorgeous fabric, and very at home in this top! Such a pity about the weird stripes though, I couldn't think of any other design that it would work, but there's about half left, so.... ;)

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