I think you all know by now that I love nani IRO. The prints are always so gorgeous and unique and the fabric quality is so high. I’m a huge fan of double gauze, it’s just so soft and comfortable and relatively easy to sew with. When looking through the latest collection I had a hard time deciding what to buy – there are so many great prints! Since they are a little pricey, I had to limit what I bought, so I only picked up a yard of this print called Free Way Hitoiki. I bought it from Miss Matatabi, but unfortunately, she’s out of this colorway – you can see the others here.
I love this print. It’s simple, but beautiful and detailed. The little white dots and the thin lines plus all the shades of blueish gray and the different directions – EVERYTHING – it just fits together and is so well balanced and gorgeous.
Perhaps a little sophisticated for kid’s dress, but I knew with a simple pattern it would be pretty stunning. I just had to sell Yuki on it, but luckily she was totally on board. I promised her it would be twirly (and it really is) and comfy (and it really is) and she loves it!
The pattern, by Mingo and Grace, is great. Really simple as far as dress construction goes. Front, 2 back pieces, bias to finish the arms and neck, button closure and ruffle skirt. As much as I love the clean look of zippers, I’m a big fan of easy button and loop closures too. I’ve got tons of buttons on hand, so it was nice being able to just cut it up and sew it. No special notions necessary.
I love the silhouette too. It’s just so simple and classic. The dropped waist makes it loose in the hips and waist, so you really only need your child’s chest measurement to determine the size. I made the 3 for Yuki. It fits really well except it’s a little on the short side. Looks great when she’s standing, but when she raises her arms or is playing, it’s too short. Luckily she always wears leggings, so it’s not a problem, but I’ll probably lengthen it next time.
The pattern sizing is from 12M to 12, so it’ll last you awhile if you buy it! I can definitely see myself making more of these. A couple for Kaya too.
I’ve finished a tank top for Yuki for Kids Clothes Week and have one more on the sewing table. I was hoping to get a pair of leggings done too, but I may have to do those next week. Feels good to be sewing again! What did you get done this week?