日本語が英文の後に続きます。(The post in Japanese will follow below.)
We interrupt our quilting program with a new post!
Yes, I am currently trying my hand at quilting right now:-) To be precise, a quilted jacket, but more on that later!
Today I want to show a top I made a few weeks ago for work, when it was still chilly.
The pattern came from the Winter 2014 issue of Cotton Friend. It is actually the second time I made this. The first time, I installed a zipper on the top part of the back, as called for by the pattern, and not only was it not necessary (I can put it on without the zipper) but it didn’t look nice/I screwed it up a bit being my first time to sew with a knit fabric, so that top was added to my PJ collection.
Given the large number of patterns I still want to make, I might not have gone back to make this pattern again, had it not been for my husband who keeps saying he thinks that the top looks very cool (we have been married long enough now that I know he’s not saying it just to be nice:-)
So here comes version #2, in Size M, zipper taken out from back, in a cotton/lyocell jacquard knit fabric. The fabric is lighter in weight than the wool I used for the first version, so it is a bit different than what has now become my PJ top, but the drop-shoulder silhouette is the same. I love this shape, I think it is the perfect solution for not having to worry about the fit of the shoulders!
Post 3 of 3 of my standing-on-my-bathmat series… Hopefully I can take some pictures outside as the weather has gotten warmer!
I love knitted tops! They make me feel like I am in my PJs the whole day when I wear them to work^^ When I first started sewing, knitted tops were not on my priority list – I thought I should solely focus on making items which would be expensive to buy (i.e. dresses… trousers…) But now I see handmade knitted tops are the best! I definitely love this much more than my store-bought ones:-)
This fabric is a delicate charcoal grey jacquard knit – so pretty:-)
Moving on, in my last post on my “blouse laitue“, I said I will share more on a newly released Japanese sewing book, Kana’s Standard, from which I got my blouse laitue pattern. The book releases this year have really been great, and this one is no exception! Kana Sato is a popular Japanese fashion stylist working with magazines, etc.. with sewing as a hobby:-)
Here are some of my favourites from the book, which basically has a few patterns, which are adjusted to make a whole repertory to fill one’s wardrobe.
The yellow-green blouse intrigues me because it uses the same pattern as the one pink one on the cover, but look how adding the black lace makes it look quite different? I want to give this version a try too!
To some this dress may look quite baggy, but I quite like it and like the way she styled it with sneakers (the model is the designer/stylist Kana herself:-)
After each “section” or main pattern, she adds a section of how she would style those items, which is quite cool!
Next is the pant section. I love the suspender pants…(and the styling of the whole book!)
Skirt section. I am not a fan of elasticated waists, but I am very intrigued by this half elasticated waist (it looks like a regular non-elasticated waist band at the front), and think I am sold on the idea. I especially like the striped skirt.
I like it how just with little changes to the patterns/fabrics, you can come out with so many skirts. I would love to give this little black taffeta skirt a try.
The last section is on “gowns” (light jackets). I am intrigued by the blue wool one… could look like a sleeping robe, but could also look very fashionable:-)
Do you like any of the items?
Kana’s Standard is available at Sew Tokyo.