I was in LOFT department store in Shibuya when I stumbled upon an exhibition featuring monpe pants by Unaginonedoko. At that time I had no idea what monpe mean, but I was really attracted to the colors and especially the relaxed shape of those pants.
Later I searched about monpe and found out that it is a kind of Japanese work pant. Made from durable work and characterized by its loose waist and narrow ankle, monpe was usually worn by women to work in the older days. Nowadays, modern version of monpe is made with elasticated waist and worn by both men and women.
My further research (googling) led me to finding this monpe sewing pattern by Unaginonedoko that I immediately ordered. FYI, the name Unaginonedoko means eels’s bed, which is a pretty funny name. The pants have no side seam, one front patch pocket, and knee patches on the inside. Three sizes are included in the pattern: S (slim) for waist 65-85 cm and hip 110 cm, N (normal) for waist 66-86 cm and hip 120 cm, and W (wide) for waist 70-90 cm and hip 130 cm, all sizes have 66 cm inseam. The pattern is only available in Japan.
I made two pairs of monpe for my husband. The first one is made with dark navy corduroy with diagonal lines. The fabric was not enough for the whole length, so I patched the hem with black fabric. I used the same black fabric for the knee patches. This is actually a muslin version, but my husband really loved it so I made him another pair.
The second monpe is made with red Japanese katsuragi fabric, 100% cotton as he has always wanted a pair of red pants. I added a bit of length to the hem, that way it can be rolled up if wanted.
These pants are very comfortable because of the elasticated waist and loose shape. Made with the right fabric, they are perfect for summer. My husband loves both pants and have been wearing them regularly, putting his handmade jeans to rest for a while.
The pattern is actually a very simple with only one piece. I’m pretty sure that any pajama pants pattern with no side seam can be used to make a similar one. Sewing them is such an instant gratification because it was done so fast!
Pattern is Monpe pants by Unaginonedoko (Japanese), size N. Only available in Japan.
My newest set! The bra is made with Marlborough bra by Orange Lingerie. The first time I made this pattern, the fit wasn’t too great. Since then I have made several alterations to perfect the fit for my body, such as:
- narrowed the centre piece because I have very little space between breasts
- very narrow cradle
- gothic arc on center front
- back strap extension
If you notice, these are the alterations that I have always made on my bra recently. The cradle and band on all my recent bra are pretty similar, only the cups are different. It is also important to find out the perfect underwire shape for your shape. I just found out that the most comfortable underwire for me are are the ones that can find locally in Okadaya fabric store in Tokyo. A happy coincidence because I don’t have to order for overseas anymore.
Here’s the fit of the bra on me:
The red lace and notions are from a kit by Tailor Made Shop. I use the lace edges on the neckline, edge of power bar, and bottom of the cradle and band. The cups are fully lined and all the seams are enclosed inside. The lace back band are lined with beige power net from my stash.
Initially I feel that the 3/8″ (1 cm) width straps are too narrow, I usually use 5/8″ (1.5 cm) width straps. But then I was glad to use the narrow straps because they are perfect for the dainty look of the red lace.
The power mesh from the kit is quite generous that I made a couple of panties and still have some left. I combined the power mesh with red tricot from my stash. The first panties are made with my favorite pattern from Merckwaerdigh, the low-rider panty. I have made this pattern several times. The edges are finished with red foldover elastic.
The other pattern is The Ultimate Burlesque Panties by Ohhh Lulu. This pattern has high waist with several variations on the back. I made the ruched back variations. I rarely wear high-waist panties but it turned out that they are quite comfortable. Next time I will line the front part with power mesh so they can also act as shapewear.
I think this might be one of the prettiest thing that I have ever made! The red lace is very pretty and the fit is really comfortable. I feel beautiful every time I wear this et under my clothes, even though nobody can see them. It is my pretty little secret!
Disclosure: The bra and underwear kit was sent to me by Tailor Made Shop for review. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.