Some time ago I received a delightful package from Tessuti, (no association, just a favourite shop) the Japanese book Drape Drape in English.
It was previously only available in Japanese. Let me say it is so much better to have access to the instructions and tips in English. I love some of the more outlandish garments in the book but I am going to start with a user friendly dress that I like very much. No 3.
The pattern sheets are included but guaranteed to give any tracer a hard time. I did not want to mark the pattern but I had to outline my pattern piece to have any chance of tracing it. In daylight with my glasses on dear reader. By pattern piece I mean exactly that, one ingenious pattern piece makes a whole dress. The pattern is for knits but I want to make it up in a woven so this is a wearable muslin for me cut in the largest size. I am not sure how a Japanese pattern will sit on my not so delicate frame. I do not have little bones. I want to find out where to upgrade for a woven or even if it is a viable idea.
Take a deep breath and cut!
The line drawing below is the right way up. At the top of what looks like the shoulder is actually the back neck seam. The top curvy bit is the top of the sleeve. The two straight lines to the left of the pattern are the back of the bodice and back of skirt.
I hope to get it done today. Do you know that I am nervous about this project. It is new territory for me. I guess I am afraid of feeling foolish but I will post the outcome even if it is and it will be an interesting sewing exercise for sure.
I did some practical sewing while mulling over Japanese designs. Something safe while getting ready to leap. (Am I being a drama queen here - um yes!)
Note the Australian national footwear - the sheepskin ugg boot..
KS 3264 - a great pattern but if I make it again I'd add a bit more front overlap or a bigger band.
That's it ladies & gentlemen. I'm off to get out my serger. I am glad I am not the only one trying something new and following their creativity. I've been inspired by Sigrid's post about her trepidation over sewing jeans, Sham's musings about what constitutes art and creativity and Yoshimi who is my poster girl for Japanese chic.