Saturday, 13 August 2016

Perle de Nacre, Japanese pattern and some embroidery

Do you even have this gut feeling, when you know, that something is going to be wrong, but you don’t do anything about it?

Once upon a time, I got hold of a book Grains de couture: Homme et Femme, and made this little skirt, Perle de Nacre. For once, I went straight to cutting this beautiful Nani Iro fabric, without making a muslin. As I cut the fabric, a voice inside me was telling me to spend some time on a trial garment. Ignoring that niggling feeling, I skipped this important part. How stupid was that!

According to the size chart, my measurements perfectly corresponded to the size 38, which I cut with large seam allowances, just in case. To my big disappointment, the seam allowances were not large enough to fit the skirt perfectly. I ended up with a skirt, which sort of fits, but instead of its waistband being on my hips, it’s now above my navel. Call it a high-waisted skirt. Do I like it? Not so much, but I will wear it, I think. My big advice to all of you, please, try not to skip the trial garment stage, even if you have some experience and you think you know what you are doing. On the other hand, if a garment you work with is rather shapeless, skipping the stage of the trial garment can be rather acceptable. Look at this oversized top! I would never have issues with its fit :)

For the top, I used double gauze, light and soft: perfect for baby skin, and for mine, obviously. When I lived in Japan, I could easily buy double gauze, but I did not think of stocking up on it and now I regret it. After my epic Ukrainian embroidery, I wanted to continue working with this type of embellishment, developing this skill. That’s the reason why those are little sakura flowers on the pockets of the top. I embroidered them, using sashiko, a Japanese decorative stitch. The pattern comes from one of the early Nani Iro sewing books. Two years ago, I sewed a peasant dress, which I still wear, using another pattern from the same book. If you are into Japanese sewing books, you will not be disappointed with this one, since most of the designs are quite different from what we usually see, putting accents on beautiful fabric prints.  

What I’ve learnt from sewing these two garments is that you are never experienced enough to avoid mistakes. Taking the time to do something always pays off, whereas rushing into something may cause trouble. I am quite sure, that this is not my last mistake, and in a way, I am kind of looking forward to the next one!

What about you? Have you made any mistakes recently? When was the last time you went against your gut feelings?

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