This month I’m taking a bit of a blogging break and enjoying time away from the computer. I’ve done a lot of sewing recently though, so I’ll have a lot to catch up on when I’m back! Reposting this project, originally published here, as part of the Miss Matatabi Makers series. Mmmm . . . triple gauze . . .
Ooooh, do I have some amazing fabric to share with you today!
TRIPLE GAUZE. Did you know it existed? I did not, until very recently, and I am now a huge fan! If you think single gauze is lovely and double gauze is dreamy, well, triple gauze is downright heavenly.
The triple gauze available in the Miss Matatabi Shop is reversible, which makes it even more awesome! Before I washed it, it was smooth and soft. When it came out of the wash, it was like a fluffy cloud! Double and triple gauzes are multiple layers of gauze fabric that are attached every couple of centimeters, essentially basting or quilting the fabric. After washing and drying, the fabric was already like a perfectly lightweight quilt. Continue reading
To tell you that I love nani IRO fabric is pretty much as high on the list as “I love sewing” on the ‘duh-that’s-obvious’ statements about me. I love nani IRO and that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me. I found some nani IRO double gauze in my local fabric shop three years ago and I softly gasped at the beautiful painted flowers, then I sharply inhaled at the price, but then slowly sighed when I felt how soft and luxurious the double gauze was. And I haven’t looked back since!
nani IRO is designed by Japanese artist, Naomi Ito. I love the unique hand painted designs and the high quality fabric. It’s really like nothing else out there. I decided to go through and find my old nani IRO projects and round them up for you . . .
Sweetheart Bubble Dress // 1st Birthday Dress // Floral Baby Dress
Everyday Skirt // Little Letter Halter
Signature Look Top // Foldover Clutch // A-line Tunic
Ethereal Dress // Neon Dot Double Skirt // Reversible Spring Coat
Looking back at these pictures, I noticed two things. 1. I’m really drawn to her dots and florals – she just does them so well. I’ve never used any of her other prints. And 2. Out of all of these projects, only ONE was for me! I figure it’s about time to change both of those things :)
Nani IRO fabric isn’t cheap. Before, I loved the way it looked, but could really only afford to buy little pieces, which is why it was easier to sew things for a kid, or use it for an accessory. But after a while, I realized that even though I’d have to spend a lot of money buying several yards of fabric to cover my adult body, it would still be totally worth it. I appreciate this fabric and will wear it a billion times more than my toddler ever will. I spend the time, effort ,and money to make the garments – why shouldn’t I get to enjoy it?
So then I decided ALL THE NANI IRO FOR ME! Haha, just kidding. But you know, I deserve nani IRO, and I think that you do too . . .
The month of June has officially been named “nani IRO month” by Frances of Miss Matatabi. She’s asked some of her friends to help her showcase the latest collection of nani IRO fabric and I’m pretty sure we all just JUMPED at the opportunity. Be sure to check out her blog for all the latest projects being shared throughout the month.
For my first project, I chose a really unique fabric called Freedom Garden (A – France) and decided I wanted to sew something for me. It is double gauze and comes in three colorways and the design is kinda crazy and out of control, but in a beautiful way. I went back and forth about it – can I pull it off? What would I make with it? Is it too crazy? I asked people on Facebook and Instagram what they thought I should make and I got some reeeally great suggestions. But in the end, I decided to make a good ol Wiksten Tank.
I knew that this would, by far, get the most wear and I am in need of some basic tanks and tees for the summer and as I transition back to work. Sure, I could have made a special dress, but honestly, I just don’t wear dresses very often. This tank, on the other hand, I’ll reach for again and again.
LOOK AT THIS FABRIC! It’s like Naomi Ito just went all craaaaaazy with her paints! I felt like I was sewing and wearing some modern art. Should this be a museum exhibit? I love the variety of both bold and subtle colors in this fabric. And the interesting variety of brush strokes.
Double gauze is dreamy fabric. It’s soft and airy, it’s comfortable and breathable. It’s lovely to sew with too. The only things to look out for is that because it’s a looser woven fabric, it can stretch out when sewing curves. And it can get wrinkly when it’s worn/washed. But I still love it. It just feels soooo nice.
I’ve made the Wiksten Tank before and I really like the fit. It’s perfect up top and then conveniently covers my mid-section.
I did make a couple of slight modifications to the pattern. I lengthened the tank by a 1/2 inch for just a little extra coverage. I also raised the neckline by about 2 inches, because as much as I like the look of the original neckline, it was always just a little too revealing and I felt uncomfortable at work since I’m constantly bending over to work with young kids. Since I noticed a little gaping at the neckline in the back with my previous Wiksten, I made the same alteration as Rae did to decrease that, except I only moved the pattern over by 1/2 an inch, instead of a full inch. Worked fine for me.
I can honestly say, I don’t have anything else in my wardrobe quite like this! It’s fun to have a little something different from everyone else too :)
Be sure to check out the entire nani IRO stock in the Miss Matatabi shop. They are all soooo gorgeous. I have several other prints in my stash just waiting to be sewn up, but I mostly just like to stare at them and pet them :)
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the bloggers participating in nani IRO month! I’ve got another project coming up later this month with more nani IRO – but this time with a fabric I’ve NEVER sewn with before! Wish me luck :)
*This fabric was generously given to me, but everything I said is 100% my own opinion – I wouldn’t lie to you about nani IRO! And trust me, I spend my own money on nani IRO too. ;)*
So I took a break from sewing . . . a 22 day break (who’s counting ;))
But now I’m back!
And my first project is this reversible spring coat that I made for iCandy Handmade’s Basic Bodice Series. You can catch the full tutorial over there!
The idea behind the Basic Bodice Series is that if you have a great bodice pattern and know how to alter the pattern or add some embellishments, the possibilities are endless in terms of what you can create. So this coat, and all the other projects from series guests, started with a basic bodice pattern. You probably already have one in your pattern collection. In my tutorial I’ll show you how to alter your pattern to make a reversible coat!
They also have a linky party going on right now for all of you who want to share YOUR basic bodice creations. So if you’ve ever used a bodice pattern to make something, link it up here and your outfit might be featured at the end of the series!
I still can’t believe I cut into my Nani Iro Metallic Pocho for this coat. This stuff is GORGEOUS (and not cheap)! But it feels good to just go for it sometimes, and I think it paid off this time. Yuki looks pretty darn cute in her fancy coat :) And I wish you could see the subtle shimmer of these dots! Man, it’s beautiful. I really think the next time I sew with Nani Iro, I need to make something for me!
Anyways, it feels good to be back at the machine. I’ve got lots of fun things coming up, so it’s time for me to get busy!
But for today, please hop on over to iCandy handmade to check out my tutorial and say hi!
It’s done! Finally! I finished my outfit for the Project Run & Play Sew Along. The theme was Signature Look. Like every other week, I thought and brainstormed and mulled for a loooong time and then finally made a decision and ended up cramming in late night sewing sessions just to BARELY get it done in time. I’m a procrastinator, through and through. I think THAT’S my signature style!
But really, I think this outfit captures a lot of my signature styles. Most of my children’s clothes is inspired by adult clothing. I tend to like clothes that doesn’t look like it’s for kids, but is still totally wearable and appropriate for little tykes. I like to make clothes for Yuki that I would wear myself. I think my style leans towards classic, simple, and modern, but can also be soft and feminine.
I decided on three pieces: pants, a top and a light pullover. Although it’s still on the chilly side here in San Francisco, in my head, I’m in spring mode. I’m ready for warm weather and wanted to make something for a day at the beach.
We totally lucked out with AMAZING weather today for our photo shoot. It was perfect for a day at the beach and I had so much fun taking a ton of pictures. Get ready for a photo overload!!
I’ll start with the top. Besides some issues with the fit, I really like how it came out. I was inspired by the fabric. I had this GORGEOUS double gauze fabric by Nani Iro that I bought awhile back and when I noticed it in my stash I thought it’d be perfect for a spring/summer top. Double gauze is amazing fabric. It’s super soft and light and breathable. It’s meant to help you keep cool in hot weather. If you ever see some at the store, please buy it and make something beautiful with it. It’s pricey, but so worth it!! I can’t find a link to any of this particular fabric online, but just do a search for “double gauze nani iro” and you’ll see some of the stuff I’m talking about.
Anyways, back to the top . . . I just threw in some fun elements like the pintucks and the keyhole in the back to add a little interest to an otherwise simple piece. I wanted it to look soft and clean so I made sure to have no visible stitches. It was a fun challenge and I like the finished look.
The second piece is the pullover. I actually LOVE the way this came out. I don’t think I’d change anything about it. I used a cotton/linen blend and wanted to make something to wear in the spring/summer as a cover up when it gets chilly or to put on over a bathing suit.
I decided to line the hood with linen stamped with stars. Yuki is OBSESSED with stars right now, it’s her favorite word and every time she sees the shape or anything that vaguely resembles it she says, “staaa! STAA!” I think it’s awesome because I LOVE stars and had a slight obsession with them myself when I was in high school/college.
So I carved up 2 star stamps and mixed some fabric paint to match the pants fabric and stamped it randomly on some white linen. I cut out one of the extra stars and appliqued it to the pocket.
As for the pants, they came out ok and I love the color, but the fit is not perfect. They are a little too skinny and might be better in a knit fabric so they don’t feel so tight or restrict movement. I did have a lot of fun with the details on these though, like the pocket stitching and the faux fly.
Super HIGH rise for that diaper booty :)
High rise pants provide full diaper coverage!
And that’s it! The three pieces that make up my “signature look.” I’ve had a ton of fun sewing along with Project Run & Play for the last 7 weeks and will probably talk more about that later, but it feels good to be done with my final outfit. I hope you like it!
Here are my bloopers from today’s shoot.
And I can’t even tell you what’s going on in this photo sequence, but this is her new favorite move.
Our little yogi/dancer :)
I just have to say a huge THANK YOU to Hideko and Yuki for being such big helpers and super troopers through, not only this photo shoot, but the whole Project Run and Play season.
And thanks to you for stopping by and checking out my sewn creations week after week!