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January 23, 2014 / fionamakes

Some Japanese pattern sewing

These are a couple of clothing items that have been hanging in E’s wardrobe, tempting her endlessly, as I mentioned yesterday!


This is from Happy Homemade vol. 5 in size 120. I’ve made this in a top length for my younger daughter L, and I loved the shape of it enough to make one for my older daughter. This is a Lisette plaid. I made a mistake and forgot to cut the back on the fold, so the gathering is less full than it could be.


Another one from the same book. I love how these culottes look on my girls. This is in a periwinkle linen blend I bought from Spotlight a long time ago. I think it was on clearance for $3 a metre. I remember going back for more after I had paid and realised how little they were charging me for it! These culottes are such a basic staple – I think they’ll go with most of the tops in E’s wardrobe. I stitched on three rows in topstitching thread near the hem just to add a little interest.



And here is the last top from the book: a puff-sleeved blouse that ingeniously uses the same bodice pattern as the first dress above. (But this one is sized in 100 for L.) I used this really pretty bias tape that I got off Etsy a long time ago. The fabric is a pink shot cotton, which makes for a very lightweight and comfortable blouse, but which also crumples too easily. I think it looks quite sweet!

updated to add pics of the dress being worn:




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  1. marisa / Jan 25 2014 2:38 pm

    All three are beautiful. I like the way you have the dress cut on the bias and the bodice cut straight – I did the reverse, but have often thought it might have looked better the other way. The bias tape is very pretty, and I love your colourful topstitching too.

    • fionamakes / Jan 26 2014 10:31 am

      Thanks, Marissa! Actually, I did what you did. The bodice is on the bias – the plaid is printed on the bias. Oh, and I just took a peek at your blog and I love your qipao! Didn’t know about the sewalong on japanesewingbooks and now I’m wondering if I have time to whip up two more dresses this week before the Chinese New Year on Friday. Or should I just let sanity prevail instead?!

  2. June Cornish / Apr 27 2016 2:17 pm

    Your colthes are beautiful where can i buy pattern for dress from please x

    • fionamakes / May 17 2016 10:16 am

      The patterns are from a Japanese sewing book called Happy Homemade Vol.2. I think there’s an English version of it now. Good luck!


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