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?
This week’s theme was a remix of the Junebug dress by Jess at Craftiness is not Optional. Here’s a picture of the original pattern:
You should go see the 8 competitors entries. They are so great, I really can’t decide which one I like best. It’s amazing how different each designer’s visions are!
And yet, one of them looks really similar to what I came up with!! This season they’ve added a sew along portion for “viewers at home” to participate too. Here’s my design, the Winter Romper.
It took me a really long time to figure out how I wanted to remix the original pattern. I decided to go with shorts because I love this other denim romper that Yuki has. The gray wool was my sister’s idea, which I’m so glad I went with. It’s actually a wool gray and blue herringbone, though the blue is subtle. The wool makes it perfect for the winter in California! Warm and good for layering. I lined the romper bodice with some fabric I had left over from another project I’m working on. I didn’t really think it was going to be such a big part of the romper, but at the last minute I decided to use the same fabric to cover some buttons.
Oh, the buttons! I couldn’t decide what buttons to use, so I bought 4 different kinds at the store. I knew that the buttons would be such an important part of the outfit, so it was a big decision! I finally decided to go with the fabric covered buttons and I’m not positive that I made the right decision, but overall, I think it gives the romper a unique and well put together look.
I made the entire bodice a little longer to meet the high waisted shorts. I added pleats in the front and the back, pockets and a button cuff. It gives it kind of a newsboy look. I was going to add a thin belt or bow at the waistline, but when it came time to take pictures, I forgot to put it on. I think it looks fine without one though. Overall, I’m pleased with the way it turned out! I love when things turn out the way you imagined, even though you had no idea what you were doing! 🙂
My poor daughter is really sick right now, so we didn’t get to take many photos. I’m just impressed she let me put her in the clothes (and she didn’t throw up on it!). Usually I can’t get her to stay still, but this time she would only stand there with her stuffed dog and hand up to her mouth. Poor baby 😦
I finally got her to smile! Kind of . . .
If you want to see the other entries for the Sew Along, you can see them all at the PR&P Flickr pool. They have 2 judges who are going to pick one winner over the weekend and it’ll be announced on Monday! I’m not too hopeful, but I’m excited to see whose design is chosen! The winner gets $25 at fabric.com.
Next week the theme is BOYS. It seems like it’s always been a challenge to come up with great clothes and other arts & crafts projects for boys, so they often get neglected. Well all next week is dedicated to boys clothes, so hopefully we’ll see some great ideas. What do you think I should make? Any great ideas for a boys outfit??