I wanted to share the pics, though, for any of you crafty types. It's definitely work subscribing for the beauty alone!
And when I finished putting the midriff/bodice pieces together, the back on one side was notably wider than the front. Odd.
I do love the details, though! I added some ivory piping to the bodice and pockets and I think it adds a little structural detail among all the busy-ness. It made making changes a lot more difficult, though, so this is where a muslin would totally have come in handy.
Part of the problem for me is that I didn't make any adjustments for my height (5'11"). With almost every other commercial pattern there is a point in cutting out the fabric where I add two inches to the bodice for my height. This pattern's pieces never mentioned it, and I must have thought by adding an extra inch to the straps I was making enough of an adjustment.
I was wrong. I should have cut the midriff sections much wider so the skirt started lower on my body. Like where a wasitline would be.
And I should have added a few inches to the length.
I'll probably tackle the Parfait dress again someday. Probably with a much cheaper fabric. And in a much bigger size. With the small bust adjustment. And adjustments for my height. Man, when I write all that it kind of seems like maybe I won't put myself through the agony again?
Oh, well. Live and learn. I should give this blog a tagline - the impatient sew-er who refuses to make a muslin.
Here's to some frustration-free, successful sewing in the future~
I have a bunch of Japanese pattern sewing books and I've always been too intimidated to try one. The language barrier! I can type Swedish or Italian into Babel Fish for translation but Japanese? No way.
So you can imagine how happy I was to find a free download translated Nani Iro bag pattern on the Magpie Patterns website!
I had this Japanese linen/cotton strawberry print fabric in my stash, and while I cut most of it up to make the Colette Parfait dress (more on that later in the week I hope), I had enough leftover to make this bag.
If you decide to sew your own, here are some tips I can give you -
1) The measurements are in centimeters! I know, you all probably knew that already but after measuring out 25 inches for the height and thinking "holy cow, this is the biggest handbag I've ever seen," I looked at it again and realized 25 cm made so much more sense.
2) I interfaced this bag with regular strength fusible interfacing. If I were to make it again I'd use a heavier sew-in interfacing. It's a soft bag and my preference would be for it to have more body.
3) It doesn't call for any interior pockets so I added an inside pocket with a welt opening. I would have used a zipper closure, but that's where the button was to be sewn on and I wasn't sure if it would interfere.
4) I think this would be super cute as a shoulder bag, too. If you lengthened the handles by another six or ten inches, and adjusted the curves of the lines, it would work. You know, I've come up with so many things I could do differently next time I just may have to make this again some day.
The pleated side pockets would be perfect for carrying a diaper case, or a book or Blackberry.
It would make a great bag for carrying knitting/crocheting/embroidery projects with you.
Here's how to enter the giveaway and win the bag:
1) Simply leave a comment here for one entry.
2) If you leave a link to this blog or this post on your own blog, and copy your link in your comments you'll automatically get three entries to win.
3) If you are a follower and comment, you'll get another entry.
I hope that's not too confusing? So one entry for comment, two entries for followers who comment and three if you mention this post on your own blog and link back to it.
I'll be traveling this week for work, so the contest ends on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 5:00pm CST. I'll post the winner on Saturday morning, cause it might take me that long just to figure up the entries! Yikes, how do people do this? If you're from outside the U.S., don't worry. I'll ship it to you, too.
Thanks for your support and happy sewing ~
I plan to use this Butterick pattern and modify it slightly. I probably won't put the piped loopy loops at the top, but the contrast piping and pockets plus oversized buttons will definitely be on the bill. And I love the longer cuffs with the contrast.I also love love love this dress! I am afraid I'd have to order it to see the detail of the bodice up close, but I think I can improvise and make something close enough?
I love this Kwik-Sew pattern (the green version) and it's really similar to the styling in the Boden dress. I have a Simplicity pattern that is nearly identical, so I think I'll use it and modify it to make it. I'm in love with that whole tuxedo-bib look so I think I need to get it out of my system and make something with it.
I have so many tunic projects in the To-Do pile, it's a little embarrassing. But what's one more?! I love the appliqued circle detail around the collar of this shirt, it's different than anything else I have.
I have ordered shorts and tees for the boys from them in the past and they hold up really well and look cool. In fact, it was Boden's knit board shorts that I tried to replicate with a re-purposed rugby shirt last year. The idea was good, the fit was not. I hope to have better luck this year.
I've not yet found a good local source for nice knit fabric in stripes? Does anyone have an online source they've had good luck with that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? I'd love any suggestions.
I just finished the project (it's a secret...) for the first giveaway of this new blog, so check back on Monday. I'll be posting pics, instructions and of course, your chance to win it. If you like Japanese prints, and have always wanted to tackle a Japanese pattern but were intimidated by the language barrier, this one's for you!