It’s nani IRO month! I’ve already proclaimed my love of nani IRO fabrics before, so I won’t bore you with my gushing about how wonderfully beautiful, intricate, bold yet delicate, and one-of-a-kind each of Naomi Ito’s designs are and what great quality the fabric is and how lovely it is to sew and how it’s even lovelier to wear. No, I don’t need to mention all of the many things I love about nani IRO fabric again, right?
Well, Frances of Miss Matatabi is hosting another nani IRO month to celebrate all the wonderful things about nani IRO and highlight the most recent collection (you can find all the nani IRO fabrics here and prints are constantly being restocked). There are so many prints to choose from and they all have such different feels and styles. Certainly something for everyone.
I picked this bright Clear Heart print in the Yorokobi colorway and originally meant to make something for myself. But when I saw it in person, it felt more appropriate for something summery and fun for a kid, like a sundress or something. Be prepared for a lot of yellow . . .
Yorokobi (from the Japanese word, yorokobu), is the name of the colorway and means to rejoice, be cheerful, delighted, to be ecstatic and happy. Perfectly appropriate for this print, no? When I see the fabric it literally brightens my day! To me it channels summer, childhood and fun!
I decided to make a 2 piece “romper” since real rompers make diaper changes/trips to the potty very difficult. I also love that the two pieces can be worn separately.
The top is adapted from the free Oliver + S Popover Sundress pattern. Since it starts at a size 2 and my toddler is a very petite 20 month old, I had to size it down a bit. Then I cut off the bottom of the dress and made an elastic casing instead.
The fabric is double gauze and is perfectly lightweight and breathable for summer. Plus soft and so comfy to wear. It’s definitely one of my favorite fabrics to sew with.
The pants were inspired by Rae’s latest kids pattern, the Moon Pants. Her pattern doesn’t come this small so I mashed up a couple of patterns and did some freehand drafting and tried to come up with my own. I started with Made’s Kid Shorts pattern and combined the front and back pieces by referring to the Parsley Pants pattern. I widened the legs to mimic the Moon Pants and then added the elastic casing at the ankle.
When I first sewed up the top and pants, I didn’t try them on Kaya until they were completed. They looked fine hanging, I had no idea how they would fit. When I first tried them on her, it was a pretty laughable outfit!! The pants were too long and too baggy and the shirt was too long too. And it’s just SO YELLOW. But I figure, if anyone can pull it off, it’s an incredibly cute toddler. I shortened and narrowed both the pants and the top and redid the casings, but now they are perfect for summer adventures!
The sandals are Saltwater Sandals I bought from Amazon (affiliate link).
Oh, joyful summer!!!
Be sure to check out the nani IRO fabrics in the Miss Matatabi shop and all the other blogs who are part of nani IRO month!
AAAAAND did you hear about the amazing giveaway that Frances is hosting?? Umm, it includes 20 meters of nani IRO fabric plus tons of other goodies like signed books, bias tape and a surprise from Naomi Ito herself!
Happy summer sewing, friends!
Oh and I forgot to mention that this fabric was given to me to use for this post, but all opinions are my own and you should all know that I gladly spend my own money in the Miss Matatabi shop and on nani IRO fabric because they are awesome 🙂