Month: January 2011

Findings

I want to open this post today by telling you that I won another prize from Burdastyle! Isn’t that incredible? It’s the ‘Clean House with Krrb Corner Contest’ and I won first prize, winning a SINGER® Fashion Mate 7256 plus $200 USD. Unfortunately sending a package as big as a sewing machine all the way to Japan is a bit difficult, so Krrb has offered to send it in cash instead, which is absolutely acceptable (of course!). I feel so lucky! Now for the findings part as indicated in the title. About a couple of weeks ago I went to Nippori for […]

In my mail today

Look at this picture! Isn’t he sooo adorable? You can immediately imagine him running around happily in the cape, pretending he could fly. His name is Diego and he lives in London. Diego just gave another chance of life to Sidra’s winter cape that has become too small. It is one of several Sidra’s clothes that I gave away in this closet clearance. When I opened my mail this morning, I found an email from Diego’s mom with several pictures attached. Looking at the pictures of a happy little boy wearing something that I’ve made with love, I almost got […]

Flat collar blouse

I’m joining a Men’s Shirt Sew-Along at Male Pattern Boldness, starting at February 1! If you’ve never heard of Peter of Male Pattern Boldness, you really should check out his blog and read his adventure in clothes-making, written in the most entertaining way as possible. He posts everyday, which I really admire. Reading his posts often makes me chuckling in the middle of the night (got to blame those time differences!). Peter is arranging a sew-along using Negroni pattern from Colette (but you can use any men’s shirt pattern as well), and the time is just perfect because my husband […]

Cleaning up – CLOSED

We cleaned up our wardrobe a couple of days ago, separating them into different piles. The supposedly easy task turned out to be not that easy! Some clothes are of course easy to be put away. Store-bought clothes who were ripped, stained, or damaged beyond repair, they were put together to be thrown away later after I saved all the buttons, zippers, or everything else that could be saved from them. There were also store bought clothes who have became too small, we saved them to be brought to the thrift store later. The hardest part was all the damaged, […]

Red cardigan

Red is such a hard color to photograph! I just finished this red cardigan yesterday. The knit fabric is indeed wonderful. It is a bit transparent but surprisingly warm with fuzzy surface and tiny heart-shaped holes all over it. Too bad the pictures don’t show the fabric well. The pattern is Pris, I bought it as PDF pattern from Tamanegi Kobo, a Japanese pattern shop. The pattern is in Japanese, but the drawings and diagrams made it really easy to construct it. The original pattern was mid-hip length, but I lengthened it about 20 cm because i don’t like anything that […]

Nature walk knit pants

This is my first oliver + s pattern that I’ve been wanting to try for sometime. This pair of pants is a part of Nature Walk pullover + knit pants, I only made the knit pants. The pattern is in size 5-12 years, very well presented with easy and clear instructions.  The placement of the elastic inside the waist yoke is very clever! It allows for a hip yoke appearance but the elastic keeps the pants in place. The pants have no side seams, so it was finished very quickly. I sewed it using zigzag stitches on my Janome sewing […]

Kusatsu

It’s 2011! I want to wish you a wonderful year ahead! We spent New Year’s Eve at home, just the three of us, eating pizza and playing games. The day before, we just got back from two days vacation in Kusatsu, a small city in Gunma prefecture. It’s about 4 hours bus trip from Tokyo. Kusatsu is popular for its hot springs with more than 100 onsen  scattered around the small city. There is also a ski resort nearby. I love taking a walk in small cities like this. Although small, there are lots of small hotels, ryokans, and restaurants […]