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!

With Carolyn and Yoshimi

Fabric shopping day!

Now for the findings part as indicated in the title. About a couple of weeks ago I went to Nippori for a fabric shopping day with Yoshimi and Carolyn. I’ve met Yoshimi several times before, but it was my first time meeting Carolyn, who was in Japan for holiday with her family. She brought her daughter who also loves sewing with us and the four of us had a wonderful day shopping. We also met Miho of Tamanegi-Kobo afterwards, who brought us to Cha-Ginza, a tea house where we can enjoy a modern version of tea ceremony. Fun day! You can read more about Carolyn’s experience in her post.

Actually I was hoping to find some fabric for the Male Pattern Boldness’ sew-along, but instead I bought this pretty printed cotton for my own dress. I’m planning to use vintage 1967 McCall’s 8746 pattern for this dress, bought here. You can see that my fabric is even a bit similar (with more dashes of colors) to one of the dress in the illustration. It will be my spring/summer dress!

1967 McCall

1967 McCall's 8749 and printed cotton

Although happy with my finding, I still need fabric for my husband’s shirt as the sew-along will be started next Tuesday. So last Sunday, I went to Kichijoji to go to Yuzawaya and Cottonfield, these are two fabric stores that I often visit there. I went there by myself, my husband had some office work to do at home and Sidra wanted to play with my husband. We usually go together everywhere at weekends, so it felt a bit weird going there by myself. But sometimes things are not always going the way we want it.


1967 McCall's 8749 and printed cotton

Eventually I enjoyed my trip and found the fabric for my husband’s shirt. This is Japanese cotton, the base is black with white threads showing, and it is machine-embroidered with deep indigo and rust. My husband loves fabric with interesting texture, so it will be perfect for him.

The pattern is Negroni from Colette pattern, and I’m making the short-sleeved version. This is such a wonderful pattern, wonderfully packaged. The instructions are in booklet form, which I find more friendly than the usual newspaper size folded instructions. You need to put the instructions near the sewing machine for easy reach and don’t have to spread the instruction paper on the floor!

1967 Vogue 6911 and purple cotton lawn

1967 Vogue 6911 and purple cotton lawn

I also bought this Liberty cotton lawn in plain purple for a blouse, using 1967 Vogue 6911 (bought here).

One of my sort-of-resolution this year is that I want to learn not to rush in my projects. I got impatient when a project takes more than one day to finish, so I tend to rush. I realize that this makes me don’t pay too much attention in details and better fitting. There is absolutely no need for me to finish two dresses in one day!

Now I want to take more time, planning each project more carefully and enjoying the process more. I want to make more sleeved outfits, using zippers, and spend more time in preparing patterns. Joining the men’s shirt sew-along will be a way of accomplishing this. I’m excited to try new things!

And some more findings on the websphere!

  • Tips on deciding the right size to go from your pattern at Tilly and The Buttons.
  • Spring palette challenge, a 10 week challenge for creating a mini seasonal wardrobe based around your favorite color palette for spring at Colette patterns.
  • 10 fashion colors chosen by New York designers for spring 2011 at Pantone. I like honeysuckle and beeswax, but all are pretty colors!

In my mail today

Diego in Sidra

Happy boy!

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 tears in my eyes. I never knew that these kind of things can make me this happy! It’s amazing that we can still find something new about ourselves everyday.

I showed the picture to my husband and he got a little teary himself. He’s a very sensitive man. Then I showed the picture to Sidra and he got a bit sulky. Hahaha. But he’s happy after I explained (again!) that we shouldn’t hold on to something that we can never use anymore. That this picture of a happy boy is a thousand times better than the sight of unwearable clothes piling in the closet. Well, actually he’s happy after I promised to make more clothes for him (-_-;)

It is so wonderful to start a day with happy feeling. Thank you, Mary P. and Diego!

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 can have a new shirt for spring.

Flat collar blouse

Flat collar blouse

I rarely made any shirt for myself. Usually I prefer wearing dress, as wearing separate top and bottom always makes me feel a bit self-conscious about my asymmetrical hip (because of scoliosis).

But I decided to make a simple blouse, maybe I want to try something different, and also as a ‘warming-up’ project for the sew-along. The fabric is called ‘Toys’ by Shinzi Katoh. I bought it without much thought, just because it is so cute, that’s why I only had 1 m of the fabric. Luckily it was just enough for a blouse in my size.

My birthday presents ♥♥I drafted the pattern myself, using directions from 1970 book,  Pattern Drafting Vol. II. The flat collar was drafted from Garment Design Textbook (3) Blouses & Dresses, published by Bunka. My husband bought #1 and #3 from this series as my birthday presents (^_^)

The blouse was pretty simple, with front and back darts, bust darts, and small shoulder darts. I love shoulder darts! In my opinion they make the clothes lay better on the backside. There was not enough fabric even for the small back facing, so I use double-gauze bias tape to attach the collar.

I kinda like the finished blouse, despite still a bit self-conscious about my hip. I’m wearing it here with my favorite bubble shorts. The tie is just a piece of black lace. Too bad it is still too cold to wear this blouse outside, I can’t wait for spring!

Flat collar blouse Flat collar blouse

Flat collar blouse Flat collar blouse

Flat collar blouse Flat collar blouse

Blouse pattern is self-drafted.

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, but handmade clothes, especially Sidra’s. There was no other way but to throw them away, but it really broke my heart to have to rip all the buttons off of them. I know every details of these clothes, every reason why I decided to make them, and every memories making them and then presenting them to Sidra. His reaction to them, where and when he wore them, and how fast he then outgrew them.

It’s the first time I have to do something like these. It kinda hurts, but I guess it is a part of life. That everything will come to an end.

Now, now, that’s some deep philosophical talk about some clothes. Clothes are just clothes. When they’re not good anymore, we don’t wear them again. I’m trying to accept that.

That left me with Sidra’s handmade clothes who are too small but still in good condition. I couldn’t throw them away, but I also don’t have the heart to bring them to the thrift store. What am I supposed to do with them?

A giveaway!

I hope by giving them away, they will have another chance to be worn and hopefully loved by another little boy somewhere in the world. However, I’m sorry that I can’t cover the shipping fee for these items, because they were a bit too much for all of these. I will combine shipping fee if you want more than one item.

Please click the number to read the sewing post on these items:
(1), (2) jacket only, (3) jacket only, (4) shirt only, (5), (6), (7), (8)
All clothes are in good condition with (5) winter cape may need laundering. Additionally, (8) collarless suit was only worn once and in a very good condition.

update: All is taken now. Thank you to Mary P., Kelley G., Marilyn, and ad!

These clothes will fit a boy with these measurements: height: 100-110 cm, bust: 58 cm, waist: 51 cm, and hip: 60 cm. So, if you have or know a little boy with these measurements and you would like to have these items, please leave a comment stating which one you’d like to have. I will then contact you for shipping details and fee.

If you have a Krrb account, you can also visit my corner here to see all the stuff and contact me there. Krrb is a place to buy, sell, trade, borrow or give to your neighbors — locally and in-person. I found it via Burdastyle.

That’s all! For now, I guess… because next year I might have to do something like this again (T_T)


  • Yes, I will ship anywhere as long as as airmail can reach them.
  • For shipping, I use regular airmail. Shipping fee is 8 USD for first item and 4 USD for each additional item. Payment is by Paypal.
  • Items will be given to first person who wants them (by commenting here or in my Krrb corner). If the person cancels or doesn’t respond back within 24 hours, I will pass the item to the next one. Sorry for the time limit, I can’t hold an item too long as I need to clean up the space as soon as possible!
  • Thank you again!
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