Liberty and Mustard – version 2

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the HedgerowI told you l liked this fabric combination!  A couple of weeks ago I shared this outfit which combined this muted yet elegant Liberty of London called Mitsi in nougat (which was a generous gift from the online fabric shop Cousette) with some organic mustard jersey from Nosh.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

But I didn’t stop at just one outfit.  Here is the second instalment – a top made from this Japanese sewing book.

In fact, it’s this top here on the left.

And leggings from the Go To Leggings pattern by Go To Patterns.

 

Pin-Tucked Blouse

I’ve made a few things from Japanese patterns before and, even though they can sometimes be a labour of love, I have always liked the end result.  I’ve got three new Japanese sewing books in my collection so thought it was time to crack on and get something sewn up.  These are the other two books I picked up in Japantown in San Francisco – I think I’ll make something for ME next!

… Finally decided on these two. #japanesesewingpatterns

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Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

This book was gift from Tuttle publishing as part of the Blogger’s Paris Meet Up #parissewsocial, back in April.  I chose to sew this pattern because I wanted something light and floaty that would work well with the Tana Lawn and I also needed to be careful with fabric quantity.  I only had a total of one metre of this Liberty and after making this skirt I didn’t have too much to work with.  I just about managed to cut out the pattern pieces (and that was after cutting one of the sleeves incorrectly!).

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

As is customary with Japanese sewing patterns, the written instructions were minimal with only illustrations to help you along.  With a simple blouse like this I didn’t think this would be a problem, however, this project was not without its complications.

  • The biggest issue I had was with the sizing.  I made the size 6 for my 7-year-old.  Of course the fit is meant to be loose and easy but the neckline ended up being way too big and sloppy.  Here it is before alteration.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

  • The whole blouse (including the neckline facing) was finished by the time I made this realisation so I wasn’t sure what to do.  I ended up unpicking part of the back neckline facing and making a big inverted pleat in the back to bring the whole neckline in.  It’s not the perfect solution because if effects the fit around the arms but for something this loose it will work.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

  • Another issue was the order of construction.  It instructs you to attach the sleeves before finishing the neckline in the back.  This would leave you with an exposed raw edge where the front sleeve seam meets the neckline so I had to juggle the order of things.
  • I omitted the elastic sleeve cuff and just did a quick rolled hem on the sleeves.

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the Hedgerow

I do love the look of all the clothes in this book and I will definitely not be put off by these minor issues.  If you’re interested in reading and seeing more about this book then there are some really stunning garments out there.  I love this dress from Alida Makes.  And I’m pretty sure this dress by Gioia (Dotta) will be the next one I make.

Go To Leggings

There’s not a great deal to say about these leggings.  This is the pattern that I always use for leggings and it’s never let me down.  You can whip these up in no time and I’ve always found the fit spot on.  I made the capri length this time.  In this picture you can really appreciate the knobbly, textured nature of the fabric.  It’s wonderful stuff!

Japanese LIberty top and mustard leggings // Behind the HedgerowSo, that’s two summer outfits to add to the wardrobe.  Not bad for just one metre of each of these fabrics!  I only wish I had more to make the same outfits for myself!

Thanks for reading,

Laura x

 

9 thoughts on “Liberty and Mustard – version 2

  1. elephantinthestudy

    Love the liberty mustard combination, and when I muster the courage to make tights I’ll definitely look up this pattern. I made the same top a few months ago, and mistakenly put the pleats (in the front) on the outside. The effect is not bad just different. But I do love how the back pleat you have created; it makes for a very different look than the elasticised version. (For the raw edges problem I did what I think Liesl Gibson instructs for the Oliver+S, class picnic blouse)

    My daughter loves her version and I am definitely going to show her yours and perhaps make another top similar to yours!

    for mine, take a look here if you like:
    https://elephantinthestudy.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/two-tops-and-a-cake/

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow Post author

      Thanks, Asmita. Your version looks great – I think the pleats work equally well that way. It’s such a comfy top it’s easy to want to make loads!

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  2. Elizabeth

    I made pattern E from this book and I think it’s largely the same pattern but had elastic in the neckline facing (around the sleeves and back sections) to pull in the neckline. Did this one have elastic? Either way both pieces are so sweet!

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow Post author

      You’re totally right, Elizabeth – it should have had elastic in the back of the neck!! This would have solved all my problems! This restores my faith in the sizing of the patterns in this book. Now I want to make something else IMMEDIATELY!! Thank you!

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      1. Elizabeth

        Glad to have helped! I’ve found the fit to be a bit funky on the patterns but overall lots of fun! Look forward to seeing more of your creations!

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  3. Victoria As it Seams

    Hi Laura! Love these two fabrics! And coincidentally I’ve just sewn this blouse too! And I think I have the solution to your problems with this pattern. The back neckline is, I think, supposed to have an elastic threaded through the casing. Look at the instructions for the smock dress, which is basically the same pattern. It also shows that you need to leave 1cm, (orwhatever the seam allowance is) of the sleeve overhanging into the neckline, so you can fold back the raw edge. It’s hard to explain and you need to look carefully at the instructions for the smock dress. Believe me – I pondered this too! I think the book could be a lot clearer – ie cross reference the blouse instructions to the dress. Your pleat in the back looks fine too! And I must admit I’ve only just finished this blouse this evening and not yet tried it on Missy, so may have more feedback in the morning!
    V x

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    1. laurabehindthehedgerow Post author

      Yup, you’re right Victoria! I didn’t think to cross-reference this with the smock dress but it looks like the same technique in terms of the elastic in the back. It makes total sense now. Now I want to crack on and make other things from this book. What else have you made? How was the fit on Missy?

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  4. Jenya

    The outfit is gorgeous, and the colours compliment each other in such a wonderful way. Good thinking to add a pleat at the back!

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  5. Sarah Helene

    FAB outfit for a young girl…. I love the mustard leggings plus the design if the floral pin-tucked top! The Liberty flowered print fabric is COOL — small white & buds with dark leaves on a tan background. Certainly this top can coordinate with every color of skirt or pants plus denim — how versatile! Your photo shoot has really sharp images! Bet you get lots of compliments whenever your girl wears this outfit! Also I agree with Jenya’s comment. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

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