I’m so glad you like the new section on the blog! I’m excited to fill it up with lots of Japanese dress books and creations.
I’ve been holding on to this metallic linen for ages. It’s from our trip to New York last year. Sometimes I tend to spend a lot of time waiting for things to be absolutely perfect before making a decision. That sure makes for some slow crafting.
This special fabric needed a super simple pattern that would allow it to shine. It finally dawned on me that Dress “B’ was just that. It was one of the patterns in the book that I’ve overlooked a hundred times because it was so plain.
This t-shirt style tunic called for a bit of trim, which I picked out at Mokuba. The wide linen-coloured eyelet trim has a nice soft contrast to the shiny blue. I chose to simply trim the sleeves and hem, but not the neck. I really love the neckline on this dress, it is so wide and open.
The dress was very easy to sew. You’ll notice that my version is much shorter than the book’s and I did not make the slip that they show with it. As is usually the case, there is no zipper or closure of any kind. The neckline does have a facing, which I understitched to give it a clean finish. I also trimmed a bit off the sides to give it a slimmer silhouette.
I like this dress a lot. I made it for my birthday this year, nothing like a little sparkly linen to celebrate a special occasion. I would definitely like to make this pattern again in another variation, perhaps a nice wool for winter?
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Karyn, the thought you put into the details constantly awe me. The trim is just perfect with the metallic linen. So very stylish and pretty!
What a fantastic birthday dress. I agree with Jen, your choice of trim is perfect. I love that you are wearing a sparkly party dress with jeans; you look so comfortable 🙂
Oh, you were wearing this yesterday when I was in for the snap coin purse class. I was wondering if you had made it. Love the bling of the silver linen with the denim!
I love it! I remember last summer in NYC when I was an intern in the craft department at Martha Stewart Living, they kept getting that linen, so beautiful. I love what you made with it! I love how you are showing us the different patterns from the book. I am going to get to work to learn how to sew my own clothes! Thanks for your amazing blog.
I am kind of threatening to hyperventilate at that linen. Love it.
The dress is super cute.
Karyn!!! This is an amazing addition to your website! Do you know how many times I’ve had to search “japanese dress book” in your blog and then sift through everything? It’s like you were reading my mind. Thanks for putting in all that effort. The dress is, of course, fabulous.
You’re absolutely amazing Karyn!
holllllly smokes this is so so so fantastic!!! metallic linen? great little details? you are AMAZING!
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