Friends, technical problems abound, and I’m so sorry if you’ve been having trouble accessing this blog. My server is not completely dead but is definitely on its deathbed and very unstable. For the time being, it’s up again…but may go down again any minute.
Anyway, I am loving all the blog recommendations from yesterday! I’m familiar with a few but so many are new to me and I’ve been adding them to my reader like crazy! Thank you! [Update: I lost many of the comments and we are in the process of retrieving them…I may keep the giveaway open a little longer, more details to come.]
[Update 2: I have a new server! But a few things still need to happen for my li’l blog to be fully operational and I’ll be working on that for the next few days]
Moving on to other matters, I am guest posting for the Japanese Sewing Book Series today and if you’ve made it over here from You and Mie, welcome! I’m so honored that Cherie asked me to participate, and it was so so fun. Cherie is so lovely and wonderful to work with. Over at You and Mie, I’m talking about the nitty gritty of instructions, and though there’s a lot of information, I hope it’s helpful. As a companion post, I’ve created a few items to show you today, and I’ve had spots on my mind. In fact, if Picasso had his blue period, dare I say I’m going through my polka dot period?
Since January alone, I’ve made this and this and this.
Let’s talk about the Nani Iro dress first, shall we? I’ve been holding onto this fabric, waiting and waiting for the weather to turn from arctic to almost-spring. The time has finally come and doesn’t this little dress make you want to do a little happy dance? I’ll be the first to admit that maybe, just maybe, it’s a tad night-gown-ish. But that just means it looks comfortable, I say. Cherie made a sweetheart bubble dress using the same fabric and hers is decidedly not nightgown or hospital gown-ish.
I like the dropped waist with the casing and sash, and you can’t see the gathered neck, but it’s a nice design detail that makes it easy to slip on and off. K thinks it’s all right, but nothing to write home about. The pattern is from this book.
But this! This dynamic polka dotted camisole and tiered skirt duo was squeal-inducing. “I LOVE this!” K exclaimed, clutching the skirt to her chest. She wore it two days in a row and would have worn it a third if I hadn’t wrested it from her small hands.
She likes the top too and wore it immediately as a cover-up (appropriately) to a swimming birthday party. I used Kokka (100% cotton) and actually think this fabric would look fabulous as a swimsuit. The camisole top is from the same book as the Nani Iro dress.
The skirt is made from a denim-look knit – I sew a lot with denim-ish fabric since they match everything and becomes frequently worn. I serged the hem of the tiered skirt as a design element. I was definitely not feeling lazy nor was I trying to cut down on sewing time. Nope. Design element. The pattern is from this book and it seemed scandalously mini even with the built-in shorts, so I added about 2.5 inches to each tier. This is what it looked like in the book:
Which spotty look do you prefer? Detail shots below…