Hi there you guys,
Japanese sewing week is almost over (just one day left to go!!!!!) and it has been amazing.
I love japanese sewing books, like everyone else in this series, but I do have a special story to tell you about me and them…
It was the late summer of 2008, I was exploring the web sewing community for a couple of months, amazed by all the beautiful things people from all over the world were making, when I came across a japanese sewing book.
I’ve never sewn anything in my life before, but that book, made me wan’t to start.
Head on first I ordered that book and another one from amazon.jp (Yes, it’s in Japanese!!!, No, I don’t read/speak Japanese!!!). I don’t know how, but I think (!!!) I choose a more expensive shipping method and for some reason (!!!), those books were held at customs. So, in the end, they cost me the grand total of… $50 (Crazy!!!! I know)
But you know what, I couldn’t care less, I was so excited about them, that I didn’t give it another thought.
I came home and showed them to my mom (I didn’t tell her how much I’ve spent of course!!!). I belive she thought I was in some kind of feverish delirium and asked me where my sewing machine was (No, I didn’t had one at that time!!!).
I think she actually considered admitting me into a madhouse!!!
Long story short, I made the first piece of clothing of my life completely by hand, from a japanese sewing book. And, I didn’t stop sewing since then…
It has been one amazing journey❤❤❤
So to all of you who are scared of trying a japanese sewing book… I’m the living proof… You Can Do It 😉
Are you still there?!? Ok, thanks for waiting!!!
Here it is my thirty… something, japanese sew!!!! A pleated skirt❤
I had the best intention of sewing an entire outfit, but then reality sunk in, one week before this post, and I decided to KISS.
I do not regret this decision at all, because picture time was really hard to find during the week (days are soooo small!!!)
The pattern is from this book ( I❤ you Ana Sofia ), and you actually have to draft it yourself. But the instructions are very clear and the measures are in metric, wich is a plus in my book.
I can see how that can be discouraging for some of you, but for me, if can skip that boring part of drafting and adding seam alloawnces, I’m in😀
I admit I I’ve a soft spot for natural fibers, but this time I decided to indulge in the neoprene madness that’s going around🙂
The fabric is from Sweet Mercerie, and it is a dream to work with. It makes the most gorgeous pleats, don’t you think ?!?
The girl loves her new skirt, so I couldn’t be more happy❤❤❤
And for the best part… There is a giveaway… Yeahhhh!!!
There will be three lucky winners among all of our lovely readers. Each winner will win one of the following prizes:
All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter bellow.
The more entries you validate the more chances you have to win!
The giveaway will be open from Nov. 16th to the 25th
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If you wan’t to join in the fun, you can go to Sara’s post and link some of your Japanese sewing of 2015. I would certainly love to see it❤
Also, don’t forget to check the other participant’s posts
In a Manner of Sewing | Conversas de Hermanas | Pequenos e Verdes | Climbing the Willow
Bartracks and Singletrack | S is for Sewing | Sew Happy | Mamacosesola
Fairies, Bubbles & Co. | Sewing Like Mad | As it Seams | Sewing For Mini Me
La Folie Sewing Booth | Just Add Fabric | Blogless Anna | Sweeter Than Cupcakes | Needle and Ted
Miss Castelinhos | Made by Toya | Lil Luxe Collection | House of Estrela
Patty Made It | Paisley Roots | Rita Pirolita | Call Ajaire
So-cal Sewing Mom | Kiwi Crafty Chemist | Sew Shelly Sew | Made by Sara
Hugs and kisses