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. ;)*