I’ve heard about Nippori textile town from sometime, but never got a chance to go there myself. It’s an area where the main street has about 100 fabric stores on each side. And last week, I finally had the opportunity to go there with three beautiful ladies who invited me to join them in a fabric shopping trip.
They were so wonderful to show me around and told me which store to go for certain fabrics. As most names of the stores are in Japanese letter, they also marked the stores in the brochure map so I can find them easier next time I go back to Nippori. I really enjoyed the trip and all the new things that they so nicely have given to me.
The trip was a bit overwhelming to me, so many fabric stores, too many choices! The fabrics are also reasonably cheaper than other fabric stores that I’ve visited. I ended up buying this striped knit for my husband’s long-sleeves shirt. But I’ll be back, very very soon. A map of Nippori textile town in PDF format can be found here.
My husband has wanted another long-sleeves shirt like this for sometime. So I use his favorite shirt to make a pattern. I’ve made a shirt for Sidra with unfinished hem, and my husband once said that he wanted a similar one. So instead of using some ribbings for the bottom of the shirt and sleeves, I just left them unfinished and zig-zag stitched them about 1 cm from the edge. I zig-zag stitched a 3 cm wide strip of the fabric to reinforce the neckline, leaving the edge raw. Making the shirt was so easy, all it took was only half an hour.