Blooming

My two sewing passions right now are Nani Iro fabrics and Named Clothing patterns. 

I bought the pattern for the ubiquitous Named Clothing Inari Tee at the new Ray-Stitch shop a few months back. I want to make at least half a dozen of these tees in Nani Iro double gauze for my summer work wardrobe, but first – a dress! 

I added a gathered skirt. In my usual way with these Japanese fabrics, I just used the full width (selvedge to selvedge) to avoid raw edges. It’s such narrow fabric that it just makes sense. 

The fabric was from one of my favourite online shops, M is for Make. 

Perfect pyjamas 

I’ve been meaning to make a more solid pair of summer pyjamas for ages, given the amount of wear I get out of my two pairs of Lakeside pjs. But they’re a bit indiscreet when my mum has friends round for dinner, and I’ve been hankering after a more classic option. 

I chose to make Closet Case Files’ Carolyn Pyjamas partly because Canadians are awesome and partly because it’s really the best classic pj pattern out there at the moment. 

I used a woven stripe double gauze from Miss Matatabi which is super soft. About two weeks after buying the fabric, a wider stripe became available and I do slightly wish I’d used that instead, but hey-ho, what I’ve got is still pretty perfect. 

I wanted to keep things simple so I omitted the piping in the pattern. I’m also rather chuffed with my stripe matching generally, given the reluctance of double gauze to stay still when going through the machine. 

Buttons were purchased after much pawing through boxes of  vintage treasure at The Workroom in Toronto. I like how soft they are. 

The Secret Garden

I’m a bit addicted to Japanese double gauze, and in combination with this have spent the past few months obsessing over every tiny glimpse of the Cotton + Steel x Rifle Paper Co fabric collection collaboration, Les Fleurs. Under all this pressure, when I saw this incredible floral print at Miss Matatabi I was instantly enchanted.

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Clearly a new summer dress was necessary! I drafted the bodice from Simplicity 8523, raised the waist, added a gathered skirt and pockets, and got rid of the pesky facings. Last time I used the blouse pattern was for my Growing Fonder top, and the facings really are annoying. I’m fully a convert to hidden bias tape finishes now.

Anyway, this dress is absolutely great. I love it!

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Counting sheep

Two sheep posts almost in a row! I hope, dear readers, this does not induce extreme sleepiness in you. On the other hand, if all this sheep sewing has tired me out, I now at least have summer pyjamas to hand.

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This is my second pair of Grainline Studio’s brilliant Lakeside Pyjamas. Hard to believe – the first pair was made over two years ago (pre-blog)! I’ve been wearing the first pair a lot recently, and thought it would be nice to mix it up with a new version. In case you’re wondering, version one is in Lizzy House Constellations fabric.

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The bias binding tape (as you can see in the photos) was really gross. I usually use nice soft satiny bias tape from John Lewis and it works beautifully. This stuff was from Fabricland and it is stiff and plasticky and has deformed the sheepy double gauze. Sad face!

Also I maybe only bought 3 metres of bias tape, because who ever heard of needing 7 yards of bias tape for one project?! Thankfully the tape was really wide, so I just sliced it in half down the middle, along all three metres of it. In the end I had about 30cm left over.

This project was eked out of the margins of the cutting layout I used for my mum’s Camber dress. Lots of refolding here and there and skimping on seam allowances to get the pieces out.

Despite the bias tape, these pjs are THE BEST. Also, why do Americans spell pyjamas “pajamas”? So weird. Reminds me of “llamas”.

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For ewe, mum

My mum loves sheep and I love my mum. When I saw some ochre sheep double gauze at Miss Matatabi Fabric I knew what I had to do… sort of. Actually once I had finally figured out that I wanted to make a Merchant & Mills Camber Set dress, I had to go buy another metre and a half because Japanese fabric is always so much narrower than anything listed on a pattern envelope.

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I sewed this on the great new sewing machine my dad bought for my mum at Christmas. It’s an Elna, it lives in Canada and it replaces the dearly departed Singer machine which my mum made all my best dresses on when I was a bairn. You can glimpse the old Singer here. According to the sewing machine repairman, it was a rubbish model with plastic gears and stuff. The new Elna works like a dream.

Anyway: the dress. Here she is. All French seams everywhere because I’m obsessed with finishes. I really hope it fits my mum! She was in England at time of sewing, so no fittings were possible. It’ll be waiting for her when she arrives in a few weeks.

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I also managed to eke out a set of Lakeside pyjamas from the fabric around the edges, which I thought was fairly impressive! Pyjamas to follow in another post.

Final pic with a very dirty window and orange day-lilies outside:

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Slothful

I have a thing about sloths. I really love them. The more interested I get in moss gardens the more I admire them. They go to the trouble of rubbing excrement into their fur in order to foster a healthy growth of moss of their bodies, for snacks on the go and fabulous eco hipster look.

But aside from the fact that they smell of composts, sloths are super cute, super slow, and basically like leftover coat hangers from the Age of Dinosaurs. So when I saw some incredible slothtastic fabric online I had to have it.

I’ve made myself these brilliant sloth pyjamas, loosely based on this free Simplicity pattern. I made the legs wider, gathered the waist and ankles, ditched the waistband, and added sweatshirting cuffs to the waist and ankles. This means I can traipse around the house pantaloonishly.

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Inside it’s all French seams, because the fabric is double gauze, which frays rather a lot. I’m going through a double gauze phase right now, and obsessing rather more about Japanese fabric than I used to. It’s rather fun to be trying out fabrics that Liberty does’t make! Although they’re certainly missing a trick with double gauze. I would wear this stuff all the time if I could.

Squares

This is pretty much my favourite dress ever. I would wear it every day if I could, except that would mean I’d never have an excuse to sew things ever again.

Nani iro Water Window Cami dress

It feels like pyjamas to wear: the fabric is wonderful slubby soft double gauze.

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The pattern is Pauline Alice’s Cami Dress. It’s great; but the only thing I would say is that the pockets are really low down. Oh and also it wanted two layers of interfacing in the collar, but as I now don’t use interfacing, I’ve gone with one layer of cotton lawn instead in the collar, and one layer in the placket.

Also this dress may be magic, as I can wear it with tights without it sticking to my legs all the time.

The fabric is Nani Iro double gauze, in a print called ‘Water Window’. I bought it from Ray Stitch. I’m rather proud of my pattern matching, particularly on the bodice and collar. Given that I only had 2.5 metres to work with, it’s a pretty good job.