日本語は英文の後に続きます。Please scroll down to read this post in Japanese.
Hello, I hope you are having a good week so far:-) I am back with one of things I made with my new (old) machine. I am so in love with this top! During the year end of 2014, I tried to make a blazer for work, using 3 other books on jacket-making to aid me with deciphering the instructions on the original pattern, and came so close to having a lined, collared jacket (all that was left to do was finish the lined vent and add buttons)! But it was too big, and looked quite shabby everywhere due to my inexperience with making a tailored jacket with “rolled collar”. Finally, my husband convinced me to give up by buying me a blazer for Christmas:-) After that experience, I sure wanted to make something fast and with guaranteed success! This is “F – Boat Neck Pullover” from the Japanese sewing book Clean and Natural by Tomomi Okawa. I actually got the book when it came out last Spring, but at first glance, I was not sure whether I would wear these loose-fitting styles (though I love the top on the cover) so I did not get around to making anything from it last year. It was actually from looking at makes from other bloggers, like this blouse by Lizzy at Sew Buzy Lizzy, that convinced me that while the tops are more loose-fitting than what I am used to wearing, the silhouette is quite flattering. I made it in a Size S with no changes except for adding the usual 2 cm to the length, with a beautiful deep purple-coloured Japanese linen. This linen is something to talk about, too! It is very smooth in texture, not like the linen with the rougher texture I was used to working with. I love it so much that I went back and bought more (in another colour) for another make – stayed tuned for that:-)
As always, a view from the back…sorry, the bad ironing job:-(
I think this dress in blue is quite nice too! My favourite page – the boat-neck top on the right is the one I made. I like the top on the left a lot too, though the elasticated waist is making me sit on the fence about it. I also love these two styles! The one on the right is especially intriguing to me – it is so pretty but the instructions has the collar left just “raw”! I want to make it but I am still trying to get around what I can do about making the collar not fray…(i.e. turning the fabric under… or using a knit material…)? If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them!
I love this style so much – it makes me wish I can wear something like this to work! Again, heart-eyed about both styles… the kimono top is the same as the one above but made in a different color/fabric it looks different.
This compact coat would be very useful now, while we are waiting for trench coat weather to come🙂 This is also on my to-sew list as well! The neckline is very interesting – it is actually a rounded neck line turning into V. Are you in love with this book as much as I am? Which pattern (if any) do you like best?
Clean and Natural is available at Sew Tokyo.