Boy’s striped shirt


A few days ago, Sidra and me went to Marunan, a fabric store in Shibuya, where I almost died looking at all the fabric. The 4-floors store is not too big, a bit like fabric store in Mayestik or Pasar Baru, but it is packed with the most beautiful fabric I’ve ever wanted. Cotton, linen, with beautiful patterns and everything.Sidra seemed to enjoy the trip, he wanted some fabrics and buttons for himself. At the end, I let him choose two fabrics for him, and one of them is this greenish grey thin fabric with thin stripes.

I decided to make a simple shirt out of the fabric, as I wanted to exercise my ability of sewing stand-up collar and making buttonholes. I’m not satisfied at all with these two results, I want them to be neater and smoother. I really need some practice with these stuffs. But as a whole piece, I think the shirt looks nice and comfortable.

Sidra is really into insects lately, he has this big book of insects that he browse everyday and put in a special tote bag. The one insect that really interest him is kabuto mushi (helmet beetle), he’s been begging me for days to have one as a pet. So I put an iron-on-patch of kabuto mushi on his shirt and Sidra really likes it. He’s still wearing the shirt right now.

Pattern is from R&D.M.Co-boys&girls

Batik tunic/dress

Batik purple dress
Sue me for sewing so much. I just can’t stop doing this. It just happened that I have another batik fabric that I brought from Jakarta, so I turned it into a tunic/dress. The pattern is from a Japanese book pattern, and I added a belt from the same fabric.

Happy with the result.
Pattern is from Stylish dress book.

Boy’s shirt


This is another top for Sidra that I made from toile fabric and scraps of kitchen cloth with some unfinished touch on the hems (or maybe I’m just too lazy)The shape and design is nice, but I’m still not too crazy about the whole result. Next time I’ll use real fabric. As usual, the boy seemed happy with the finished piece, but he claimed that he liked his summer jacket better.

Pattern is from R&D.M.Co-boys&girls.

Boy’s yukata

Yukata Yukata
YukataSidra’s school will be having the annual summer festival next month, there will be dance, fireworks, and bonfire. Usually people go to summer festival wearing yukata, so I thought I’d make a yukata for Sidra to wear that day. I still have a piece of batik, a farewell gift from a friend, and it turned out to be a perfect yukata.I found the pattern in the internet (there are so many free patterns out there in the net!). The yukata patterns were a bit different from ordinary patterns, so I had fun finding out the way. But batik cotton is very easy to handle, sewing it was a breeze. I finished it in about 4 hours.

Sidra loves it so much that he wore them to sleep.

Pattern is from nani IRO’s website here.

Boy’s summer jacket


After seeing me spending some time in front of the sewing machine and then came up with new clothes, it’s only natural that Sidra wants some handmade clothes too. I found a beautiful pattern book for kids in Kinokuniya, Shinjuku (an 8 floor bookstore, mind you), and chose a summer jacket.

But to go buying some new fabrics, I have to take Sidra with me since it’s already summer holiday. The problem is, Sidra is very prone to heatstroke because he sweats very little (I believe it’s a genetic condition from me). We just can’t go out when it’s too hot, otherwise our body temperatures will rise up too quickly.Anyway, I had to make use of what I had at home. Fortunately I have this 10 metres of cheap cotton fabric that I bought in Shinjuku. When I was in fashion school, we used to buy bulks of this fabrics and used them to make a ‘toile’ (French word) to test or develop a pattern.

The pockets are made from scraps of striped linen from a pair of new pants that I had to shorten. I sew a strip of plastic snap-ons and added a decorative plastic button on the front.

The jacket was fairly quick and easy to make, but I don’t really satisfied with the result. I think it’s a bit too fitted for a jacket. Next time, I’ll make a bigger pattern for him. But as you can see here, Sidra seems to really like it.

Pattern is from R&D.M.Co-boys&girls.

Purple dress


There’s yet another wall hanging fabric in purple, perfect for another summer dress. These fabrics were very comfortable, made of natural fibers, with interesting faded colors due to dust and sunlight from being hung on the wall.

I chose a pattern from the pattern book I bought the other day. It was simpler than the previous dress, but turned out a bit more complicated in the making because I used binding to finish the armholes and necklines. I added a line of thin lace that I bought inYuzawaya to the neckline.

Worn the next day for a lunch in Yoyogi and watching Ponyo‘s first day at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills in the afternoon.

Pattern is from Lisetteリネンの服作り.

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A tote bag from used flour bag

I only brought two suitcases when I moved to Japan, and one of few things that I brought here was a used flour bag. Beats me. Now the time has come to transform this used flour bag to a tote bag for my husband, because he loves carrying tote bags. I simply drew the pattern on the cloth, cut it up, and sew it together.

Summer dress

After I got my Janome sewing machine, I got this huge craving for sewing stuffs. But I didn’t have enough time to go to Yuzawaya to browse on some fabrics. So I took a look around the house and saw that red fabric hanging on the wall. It was cotton, so it would be perfect for a summer dress.

It’s a very simple dress, with wide neck opening and loose fitting, eliminating the need for buttons or zipper that I didn’t have anyway.I added two pockets on the side-seams because I just love dresses with side-seam pockets. The raw edges are finished with zigzag stitches.

The dress turned out cute, almost nightgown-like, which I really like.

Working time: exactly 4 hours, from 11am – 3pm. This is a targeted time because I had to start after I clean the house and finished everything before Sidra got home by 3.10. I can’t do sewing when he’s around because he’ll get very interested and then wants to try.

Pattern is from Lisette リネンの服作り

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