All made up and nowhere to go

I should be packing by now because we’re going for summer vacation the day after tomorrow. And I should be folding my dresses neatly to be put in the luggage instead of making a new one. But yeah, I just… can’t… resist…..

But how could you resist this lovely fabric from Kokka? The fabric is called Girly & Bitter, designed by Asuka for Nina’s sewing factory line. It has birds, buttons, scissors, bunnies, stars, candies, mushrooms, girls, basically every pretty things on it.

All made up and nowhere to go

This dress is made without pattern, it’s simply smaller rectangles for bodice and bigger ones for the skirt. I sewed a row of ruffles on top of the bodice and also two pairs of loops so I can put detachable straps on it.

The back of the bodice has several rows of shirring to ensure the fit, and the front has four different buttons. I found those pretty buttons in an equally pretty store called ‘Miyake & Jubilee’ in Kichijoji.
All made up and nowhere to go
All made up and nowhere to go

I can always wear the dress as a tube dress, but I prefer wearing it with these brown straps that I already have. Believe me, if you have an active first-grader boy around, a strapless dress is not a wise choice.
Now I’m going back to packing!

Those identical dresses on the wall are for my shop, which will be updated after we got back from vacation. I should have taken them down before the photo, but they look pretty there.

Pig and polkadot bag (and pencil pouch)

Pig and polkadot bag
When my husband saw these oilcloth bags, he said that he’d be very happy to have an oilcloth bag in a more, uh, manly pattern. I’ve been eyeing this oilcloth fabrics from Echino line by Etsuko Furuya, so I was happy to find the opportunity to sew them.

I pick this interesting black oilcloth with white rings and grey pigs on it. For some reason, some of the pigs have black spiderwebs on their back. The orange polkadot is also from Echino, but it’s thick cotton instead of oilcloth. Both fabrics have purple selvedge that I incorporated on the pockets and tabs for shoulder strap. The shoulder strap are ordinary black strap, I sewed a strip of the orange fabric on it. After the bag is done, I made this pencil pouch from the scraps.
Pig and polkadot pencil pouch

The main thing about sewing oilcloth is, you can’t make any mistake because the needle marks can’t be erased. The tension must be adjusted too, so a lot of scrap test before started sewing is really recommended. But with a design as simple as this, sewing oilcloth is not as hard as I thought it would be.
Pig and polkadot bag
Now here’s the man in pink T-shirt with his new bag. He was very happy when he got home from work and saw the bag. I don’t know about being manly, though, but we don’t care about it ^.^

Oilcloth bags and girl’s dress & hat set

Oilcloth bags

This is a bag that I made as birthday gift for a friend of Sidra. The bag is reversible with oilcloth fabric in different Curious George pattern on both sides and has detachable straps.

Actually it is so hard to find a perfect gift for a 7 years old boy! I decided on this bag because the shape is simple and the fabric is easy to clean. It is also can be used to carry swimwear and can be toss around on the beach. As it is reversible, the bag can be easily turned over when the inside is wet or dirty.

Hopefully the boy will find the bag useful. However, when Sidra saw the bag, he announced that he wanted the same bag. So here’s another one for him.


When I bought the oilcloth fabrics, I also found this pink fabric with vintage-inspired kid’s clothing and pattern pieces on it. It is so cute that I just had to buy it, it is so perfect for little girls, although I’ve never made little girls’ stuffs before. Fortunately Sidra’s friend has this cute little sister, so I can make my first little girl’s dress to give to her.

The dress is very simple, shaped almost like a paper pattern. I use the fabric selvedge on the bottom of the dress. It has invisible zipper on back and the armholes and neckline are finished by linen bindings. I also made a hat to go with the dress, white Indian cotton on the outside and the pink fabric on the inside and the hat band.

When I saw it on the girl, I think whoever says that little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice is really telling the truth.

Racerback knit dress/swimsuit coverup

Knit dress/coverup
I found this double-gauze knit fabric from nani IRO line in Yuzawaya, and immediately fell in love with its simple but adorable pattern.

The fabric is 80 cm in width, so I decided to make a simple dress that can be worn over my swimsuit. Perfect for summer!

The shape of the dress is very simple, I make it very wide with enormous armhole and racerback shape. I finished the armhole and neckline by sewing strips of the same fabric, leaving the raw edges show. As the fabric is double-gauze, the bindings show layers of raw edges curling together.

The letters of nani IRO brand on the selvedge are just too cute, so I let them shown on the back seam.

I sewed a pair of transparent knock buttons on each side of the dress (transparent knock buttons are impossible to photograph!). They can be buttoned on the front or on the back to give the dress different ways to be worn.

The dress also has a long narrow sash made from the same fabric to give yet more versatility. And maybe I can also wear the sash as a necklace or a headband?

I really really like the finished result. Now I want to go to the beach!

Knit dress/coverup
Racerback knit dress/swimsuit coverup

Dropped crotch sunsuit #2

Dropped crotch sunsuit After wearing my elephant print romper in several occasions, I grew to like it very much. So I decided to make another one for my shop. As nehmah from burdastyle have suggested, I call this ‘sunsuit’ instead of ‘romper’. Sunsuit sounds adorable!

This time I’m using Sevenberry cotton fabric with ochre bird and leaves print on it. I make the straps detachable for easier wear, and then I found out that this means that this sunsuit can also be worn as pants!

I’m actually very nervous about making clothes for other people. When I make clothes for myself, or my son and husband, I can see how the clothes fit me or them. I can also immediately see what’s missing or too much on the clothes. I’ve made one outfit that I sent to my best friend, and until now I’m still wondering if the outfit really fits her comfortably or not.

Maybe I’m just too fussy about this. But I can’t help it.

Anyway I’m making my first try this time. After all there’s always a first time for everything, isn’t it?
On the other hand, I really like this bird print. Maybe I’ll make one for myself then.


Dropped crotch sunsuit

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