Alright, it’s time to get some garment sewing back into the mix here! Whenever I teach a Japanese Dress Books class, I try to work on a new pattern from one of my books at the same time. This is the one that I started during my January session.
I combined the pattern for Dress A1 and A2 together. I wanted to make a tunic top, with the bias neck detail of A2 and the pleated sleeve detail of A1. The fabric I chose is something I’ve been holding onto since last summer. It was one of the French General silky cottons. The yarn dyed wovens that French General does with their collections are very special and super soft. They are perfect for making clothing with.
I love how this top turned out. It makes me feel spring-y and happy. I’ve pulled out fabric for a second version. I am starting to plan my spring wardrobe and it’s going to include lots of cute tops and adorable shorts.
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i love this!
super adorable and so inspiring! i may try this pattern out myself.
I love the neckline on this top. I really should brush up my sewing skills and start making some clothes again.
I love it! I have this book and I have still to try sewing from a japanese pattern, I would love to take your class. Would this kind of thing ever work for an e-class with videos/pdfs? Maybe if you picked one pattern.
it’s beautiful – i have wondered if the french general would work for clothing – it’s so classic.
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Karyn! I forgot to tell you how beautiful this looks on Sunday! Love the fabric you chose for this pattern.
I see someone suggested an online class – I’d love it too
drool. (as usual). beautiful & inspiring work!
You looked so sweet in it on Sunday! Love it!
What a beautiful top!
love this Karyn!! the clothes you make are always so spectacular! 🙂 and ooo, and online class, would be super fabulous!
super cute! That neckline detail is awesome. Everytime you make something from a Japanese craft book I feel the need to rush to my sewing machine and make one too 🙂
Totally cute top. I like the sound of cute tops and adorable shorts for spring. You always inspire me to take a fresh look at my Japanese patterns. Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh Karyn, it’s so gorgeous. I really want to take the class again. And again!
Wow, that turned out fantastically Karyn! Very becoming 🙂
Oooh! I totally put in my vote for an online class!!
That fabric is perfect. I just started sewing with Japanese books. Love them!
I am a 28 year old Japanese female, living in the suburbs of Tokyo with my husband and 18 month old daughter.
I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and am really enjoying it very much.
I come from a very creative, handmade family, my mother being a quilter and I myself starting to take on jewelry making as a profession.
I look at a lot of crafting sites in the US and Europe, but you’ve made me realize how close I am to a source of lovely things my own culture offers with your work from Japanese books.
This is so beautiful Karyn!
Yours looks better than the magazine one! 😉
I like the “hanging” collar on yours and the choice of the fresh color.
Wow, you modeled in snow, brrrr freezy!
Have a great and cozy weekend!
greetinxxx from Germany,
I adore this top, and the fabric and want to make one, please do an on-line tutorial and share with us x
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Love this!! youve done such a nice job!
Your website is really really inspiring!
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