I've been wanting to sew a Japanese pattern for a while and even have a book with some adorable styles I'm dying to sew, but this was the push I needed to make that happen. To be fair the version the library had was the new English version which helped a lot, but I'm totally hooked.
The sew along was for the view S Parka and I decided to go with a simple palette so Bean could wear it over anything this summer. The sizing jumped from 2 to 4 so I sewed the 4 knowing this would be a layering piece. It's the perfect size.
I used some double gauze from Imagine Gnats so it's light and airy, but will still make a great windbreaker. The main fabric is an off white color and so soft. The hood lining is the double sided tiny dots in a pinkish color.
Once I traced the patterns and cut the fabric, the sewing went really quickly. For sure all of the great details in the sew along helped with understanding the steps, but I'm a big fan of diagrams (probably the only one who LIKES putting together ikea furniture) so I think Japanese patterns will be a fun challenge.
And who doesn't love the elegant simplicity of the clothing? I am thinking of extending the length and making one for a pool cover up. Wouldn't that be lovely?