We went to Japan recently, and knowing it would be Autumn and a little chilly over there, I made a dress for the occasion. With warm weather most of the year where I live, I tend to sew summer wear most of the time. So making a winter garment for me is still a novelty. I love working with wool and the softness of it, and the feel of it against my skin, but I don’t get to wear them often. It is a treat when I do! I decided to use the pattern Kwik Sew 4013, since the colour blocking options appealed to me, and I used 2 different merino wools (both from my stash) for the dress.
- Pattern: Kwik Sew 4013, by Kerstin Martensson, view A dress with contrast fabric option from view B.
- Size made: Misses’ XS-XL included. I made size XS.
- Pattern pieces: 9 pieces for view A.
- Fabric used:
- Front and back bodice and dress: White floral merino wool blend jersey [57% merino wool, 43% polypropolene, 210 GSM, 150cm width, 1.5m length, unknown country of origin, bought from The Fabric Store, Sydney branch].
- Side panels and sleeves: Grey merino wool blend jersey [21% merino wool, 79% polypropolene, 138cm width, 1.5m length, unknown country of origin, bought from The Fabric Store, Sydney branch].
- New Techniques used: Disjointed elastic casings for elastic insertion.
- Shortened bodice at the shoulders (had to re-attach the neck facing, and the armhole circumference decreases as a result, and sleeve head adjusted accordingly).
- Handstitched neck facings onto bodice.
- Reduce sides 4cm at waist on each side, hence total circumferential reduction is 16cm.
- Shortened hem of dress by 6cm.
- Shortened sleeve length by 3cm.
I wore this dress out and about in Kyoto. It was overcast and raining that day, so the lighting wasn’t the best. But how beautiful is Kyoto? We love it there so much.
I also went to Nomura Tailor in Kyoto, and Yuzawaya in Tokyo and Yokohama (and met up with my creative crush Eli of Cat in a Wardrobe . She is just so incredibly talented and is great at Shibori dyeing and dressmaking) . I have written about these fabric/craft stores in my previous post here.
That’s it for now! There is always so, so much to do and to catch up on after a holiday! I hope I can sneak in some sewing time somewhere. It’s exactly one month until Christmas, so it’s going to be a crazy, busy (but good) time coming up. I hope you are having fun sewing/making/preparing for the festive season.