Don't you love it when your child finds their passion? When it's not just "a phase" and they truly love something? Pearl found hers early. Horses, horses, horses. You should see her equestrian collection. Sally, Blackie, and Jack are her favorites. When I was deciding what to make from my newly purchased Japanese Pattern book, I had Pearl in mind for a some fresh threads. But really, I could spend all my time salivating over the striking photos, the smart, earthy fabric choices, and simple, yet stunning designs.
When I turned to the page with the hooded cape, I started imaging a neutral wool with a bright lining, like a filled donut! I pulled out some brown wool twill and bright turquoise fine-wale corduroy with embroidered horses. I knew they would make a beautiful union. I pictured Pearl wearing her cape, the hood flying off as she galloped on her steed through some damp woods. I've fulfilled the cape requirement, now about the horse...Here's a brief how-to on reading Japanese patterns [I know, I know, again with the foreign patterns!]
Once you decide on the article of clothing from the pictures , turn to the corresponding page , both of which are lettered [with OUR alphabet-hooray!] In the back of the book are the pattern pieces . Usually there are 2-3 large sheets . Find the sheet that lists the letter of pattern you are using. All the patterns I've ever made have the pieces limited to a single side of a sheet. Trace all the pieces labeled with your letter . I use freezer paper, available at grocery stores. Draw on the non-waxy side.
You will need to add a 1 cm seam allowance to the pattern pieces, unless the diagram directs differently, for example along the hem you add 2.5 cm, and on the pieces that are on the fold you don't add any additional amount. Any geometrical shaped patterns are not included, and you'll measure and cut them out without a pattern piece [see the piece cut on the bias below]. The dotted pieces have interfacing. The dashed line denotes the fold of the fabric. The number of pieces needed to be cut is in parenthesis. Label all your pieces with information such as the particular clothing pattern, the size, the grain line, the amount of pieces to cut, and if it is to be cut on the fold. From there, you sew it up like any other regular pattern, except with a 1 cm seam allowance, or 1/2". It is helpful to have a basic knowledge of clothing construction and studying the diagrams will aid in figuring out how to sew it up.
Sally, Cash, Pearl
Cash wonders, "Want to sew your own Japanese inspired clothes?!?"
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