The pattern for this dress comes from one of my favourite Japanese pattern books.
I have to admit that the sole reason why this dress got made right now is because I am panicking about the rate at which N is shooting up, and very soon I won’t be able to use any of my hoarded and beloved Japanese pattern books anymore. Either that, or one fine day she will not want me to sew anymore for her!
Ok, at 125 cms, clearly the panic is unnecessary. And she does still want me to sew for her! But this particular book runs only till size 110cm, and N has far exceeded that. Thank fully the patterns are pretty roomy (as Japanese patterns usually are) and N is on the thinner side, so in this case I cut the pattern on the largest size and added 1.25″ to the bodice and 3″ to the skirt.
It’s a simple enough frock, to me somewhat reminiscent of the kind that we wore as kids. Which is exactly what I love about it. The back has a concealed zipper (that I successfully put in–yay!!) and ties.
The simplicity makes it tremendously versatile. I actually made it for Dasara (which is already almost two months ago!), but we had no chance to do a photo shoot until recently. The girl clearly could not stand still… Meanwhile, the weather has gotten progressively colder. But I am happy to report that she has worn it quite a few times with increasing number of layers underneath, and finally I have a few decent photographs too.
That seems to be the same exact facial expression as above when she wore the dress last. I am guessing this is her current “face” when I ask her to pose. Who knows?
Anyway…so back to the dress. In a different pose…
Of course, what makes the dress so special is the fabric. Of the fabric is gorgeous! It’s the first time I have used Liberty of London–purchased years ago from Purl Soho and never cut into, for the fear of making something that didn’t quite live up to my expectations. But this time she chose the fabric out of the pile in my cupboard, and I figured that Dasara was a special enough occasion for using this lovely fabric. And, the pattern simple enough for me to not mess up!
So I took my time and in the end it worked out pretty well. And, it’s already making me look in heretofore un-approached directions as far as fabric is concerned. Liberty has a silky feel to it, so maybe next time I should try out silk?
Of course the pattern helped. And, I am make something out my favourite pattern book which I will happily recommend to anyone interested in Japanese sewing book. The patterns are simple and high on style. Explanation and drawings are adequate but not great . In other words, it’ll be easier to use if you are already used to a few other Japanese patterns book and have a hang of it. I.e., there isn’t an over abundance of drawings. The patterns do include a seam allowances though, which I think is unusual for Japanese book.I am already thinking of which one to make next 🙂
So, that’s all for me today. I hope you are enjoying your sewing too.