I 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.
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.
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!
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!).
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
Thanks for reading,