Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Japanese mini-muumuu

This is not my most flattering garment; instead, it is all about the fabric.  I selected this linen (Nani Iro Nuance) ages ago and loved the painterly print--it looks hand made.  The best way to showcase the large and rather subtle print was with a garment with as few seams as possible.  And since the fabric is Japanese, it is only fitting that I found the right pattern in one of my many Japanese pattern books.
This is the cover of the book.  I purchased it in a small bookstore in Tokyo about 6 years ago, and I can't find an English translation at Amazon.  It's definitely not in English, but instructions are overrated anyhow :)  Here's the photo of the garment in the book:
While being super simple, the pleat detail in the front is lovely and it fits the garment slightly through the bodice.  Now seeing it in photos, perhaps I'll go back and make the stitches more prominent.
I sewed a size 9 based on measurements and the fit is good.  I did raise the armholes by about an inch, and I could have raised them even more (see below).
The fabric is not soft, but instead of lining the garment, I decided to wear a silk chemise under.  After all, I have to find a use for the La Perla one I "forgot" to send back after purchasing it for "research" for one of my assignments in my Intro to Fashion class :)

This is not a glamorous garment.  Maybe with some accessories?  But it is comfortable!  And it's nice and cool in the summer, even with a silk slip as an added layer.  
I'm glad to have finally used this fabric I've had in my stash for so many years.  And it's triggered two other garments to be made with long-held lengths.  I'd say I'm whittling down my piles of fabric, except that I just placed a big order for more, so really I'm just making room.


  1. Anonymous1:29 AM

    This is lovely. I have that book and had also noted that design as one of the best. You have inspired me! I must give it a go.

  2. i think this is so pretty and perfect for the hot weather now. you look good in pink!

  3. Anonymous11:55 PM

    This dress is cute, looks like a dress for hot days. it's lovely to use stash fabric.

  4. It looks very cute on you. I am trying to convince myself that not all garments have to be *super*flattering. This is an easy fit but it's not at all a sack and it's perfect for summer.

  5. I agree with Sasha, a nice "sack" is just the most wearable and lovely thing. I think it looks great and yay to dodgy underwear and fabric buying practices!