Saturday, September 21, 2013
Grey Japanese Dress - "Adult couture pattern 001" Pattern Book
While creating the front portion of this dress, I almost threw it aside, thinking that the 'Medium' size chest was going to be to small on me. But I pressed on with the making and treated it as a learning piece. Lo and behold, it fits. (I'm wearing it as I type this...)
So much, so much room to eat! :)
The fabric is really thin and see-through. It is a Japanese fabric, and I thought it was only right to use it with a Japanese sewing pattern. Wearing it with tights, or a slip, of course.
I really enjoyed how the pleats came together. It is a well-made sewing pattern.
With each step, I was assisted by Oreo cookies. There was a cookie break for each reward; each OK-let's-do-this psych pump; each "I like my sewing!"; and oh-I-need-a-break pause. Any excuse...
To be honest, this Japanese pattern book was bought a couple of years ago. Am I glad to have waited this long to break into it, especially after having had a few beginner's dresses under my belt. Everything is in Japanese; my rudimentary Chinese knowledge allowed me to recognise a sporadic word here and there, though not critical to construction. Following the diagrams is easy, if you are already making dresses, because this pattern book's instructions are minimal and basic, as I have pictured.
And while this is the 'Minidress' version, the dress almost touches my knees.
Finally, I can't help but think that the girl in the photo needs an Oreo cookie or two. I kept eating on her behalf... I am so happy with this dress, I'm going to make a couple more for myself in other fabric!
Pattern: Japanese craft book "Adult couture pattern 001"#3019 (ISBN 978-4-579-11301-9). Size 9.
Fabric: 3 metres of thin, lightweight cotton bought in Singapore, Arab Street
Time taken: 2 days