For this year 2013, my new year resolution is to make it a year of ” handmade life”. I will not buy any clothes(except as an inspiration) but make it myself. I have started with weekend dress from sarong fabric, seeing my mother in law wearing this kind of fabric and seems comfortable especially in summer. I got this fabric from a local market, only 3 dollars/piece which is 2 meters long. It came from Indonesia, but it is also commonly made in the southern part of Thailand. I start collecting them.
I use the pattern no. 21 ” I am Shift into Tunic” from my new book “I am a Cute Dress” by Sato Watanabe. This pattern use kimono fabric which is about 40 cm. wide. I decide to split my sarong fabric to the same size, I like the detail having joints line in the middle. I did shift the fabric in order to make both side of the dress a bit different. It turn out to be quite a comfortable weekend dress. Only one thing I don’t understand why my dress’s shoulders quite square while in the book looks more thin. But I kind of like it this way, it looks simple and strait forward.
All pattern in this gook is cool, simple and quite well explain. I plan to try more on this book.
Another sewing project is a blouse for my everyday. I use the pattern no. 17 “Gather Blouse” from Japanese pattern book “She has a Mannish Style” by Yuko Takada. Most of the patterns in this book fits to my style. I have tried pattern no. 08 “Sarrouel Trousers” before and I love it so much and would like to sew more of it in different fabrics.
For this time it will be my first blouse. I have never thought that I will able to do it. But with good patterns and clear steps illustration, help make it possible. I use white cotton from “Fabric World” to make it similar to the book. Most of the steps are simple and easy to follow. I love the result, I could wear it to work. I did make one button hole in dark grey. I have planned to make more from this pattern in thinner fabrics and with various colors. It looks more complicate than it actually is, strongly recommend!