Wednesday, June 11, 2014

summer blouse and boyfriend pants

Hello!

I finally made a Vogue 1247 blouse after seeing so many beautiful versions from all over the world. For my first version I used a lace cotton that was not very supple, and the blouse was ballooned quite a lot because of the fabric. But I love it as it is! This is a summer blouse which breathes a lot. I'd love to sew the next one with a different kind of fabric. Rayon? Linen? Don't know yet... I'll see.


I also made my second Gilbert pants from République Du Chiffon. I used a very plain light beige cotton with a bit of stretch. Though there is nothing very unusual in them as a garment, I just wanted to let you know which pattern I used for them because some of you might be interested in the pattern for your casual, cute, useful and easy-going pair of "boyfriend pants".


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Blouse: Vogue 1247
Front neck line was raised by 1.5cm. Front horizontal darts were lengthened by 10cm to make the blouse slightly flattened. Raw lace trim was placed in the front neck line. Bottom hem was executed by bias strip binding.

Pants: Gilbert from République Du Chiffon
Sizes for the pattern seem true to the measurements for me. As I used a cotton with stretch, the garment looks loose on me. No alteration to the pattern.
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(off) topic 1
After I had the last post of our one-year photo blog project with Carolyn, photo maisonette, I noticed how much I had enjoyed taking photographs of my surroundings regularly. I'm not going to be a *photographer*, but I now feel that I'd better to keep learning how to press the shutter release button by this habit. I newly set up my own photo diary on Tumblr platform. I think it's going to be updated irregularly, not daily. If you like to drop by and see my UFOs(UnFinished Objects) and other miscellaneous pictures, you're most welcome :)


(off) topic 2

In the last May, I had a small trip with two of my best friends, Chigu and Miho, to Lake Yamanakako that locates in the north side of Mt. Fuji. We went there not only to enjoy the grand view of Mt. Fuji, but also for scouting location for our premature idea. We are wishing to organize a kind of sewing-related mini retreat, which any hobby sewists can apply to join in, at Lake Yamanakako in May 2015. Not much has been decided yet or we have no concrete schedule or program either. However, I felt the location was perfect to get together with other like-minded sewists and to spend an extraordinary time as a retreat. Very soon we will need to discuss all sorts of things for making it happen. You know, we have to plan fun workshops and to arrange cool accommodations and many sewing machines etc etc. Please wish us luck and also please do join in if you will be in Japan in 2015!




Love,
yoshimi


P.S. Thank you so much, Mariko, for this vogue pattern! I finally made it!


25 comments:

  1. Love your new outfit! So chic :)

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  2. Oh, I love your version! I've got my first V1247 top cut out and am struggling with the slippery material I chose. Yours is so lovely. Your pants too. Yours and Carolyn's photo journal inspired me to begin my own earlier this year.

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  3. Oh so lovely and breezy! I have this pattern and never thought to make it in a cotton, I really like yours!!!

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  4. Your creations always inspire me to start sewing. :) I gravitate towards unusual prints but I notice that you often use solids and let the architectural design speak volumes. The effect is stunning and elegant. Love it! Kay from Hawaii

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  5. Great outfit! Love how your top version turned out! I have a fabric that I want to turn into yet another 1247, but it has a big print, let´s see how it goes... I´m going to remake the skirt too!
    Love your trousers!!!

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  6. Beautiful top! Would you mind if we shared this on our social media? Please let us know by emailing us at Facebook@voguepatterns.com. Thanks!

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  7. Pretty top, I really like the white lace at the neckline. Your plans for a sewing retreat sound lovely, wish I could join you. :)

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  8. Cool, classy and also pretty. A lovely outfit :)

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  9. That top is fun to make, too, with its unusual seaming, isn't it? I love how you used the lace at the neckline.

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  10. Oh my goodness! My husband and I are wanting to visit Japan sometime in the mid-term future, and going next May so I can also a retreat with like-minded sewers would be amazing! Please keep us updated and let me know if I should send you an email address or anything. :-) What a wonderful idea!

    Also, I think it's my first time commenting here, as I'm often shy, but I LOVE your blog. Your English is often incredibly beautiful, which matches your sewing makes very well!

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    1. Hi Tiger! Thank you very much for leaving your lovely comment, I'm glad you like this blog (and I am so happy to know that you seem to like my writing too. THANK YOU for being very kind!) I promise I'll update the info about the retreat here, so, please do not worry about it. Please keep checking new posts as usual :)

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  11. Love your version of 1247 and the way you have used the lace at the neckline is so pretty. Very stylish pants as well. A sewing retreat in Japan now that would be amazing, but I could be in the snow earlier so not sure.

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  12. Hello Yoshimi, I really love this outfit! it's so pretty and casual at the same time. Nice work as always :)

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  13. Both pieces so pretty! I've gone head over heels for Republique du Chiffon this summer, my second pattern is on it's way to me. and now I need to order the Gilbert pants, they are so good looking and different. Love the trim you added to the blouse, very feminine and fresh.

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  14. It looks beautiful! I have been needing some inspiration and motivation, and now I think I am ready to make something from the fabrics you sent me!

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  15. Hello Yoshimi! your top is lovely! so clever to think of using broderie anglaise lace at the neckline, it is gorgeous.
    I am looking ofrward to looking at your new photo blog! and I agree with you, I am missing taking daily photos as well, I enjoyed it so much and very much appreciated your photos and the connection we made. Maybe we could revive the photo maisonette experiment again for periods of time, some time? let me know :)

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    1. Hello Carolyn, thank you for your comment! Yes, I too think we can try another experiment for periods of time. Let's talk about it and make a plan :)

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  16. You should use instagram!!%) It is much easier to follow%)

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    1. Hi Sveta! At the moment I love taking my photos using my DSLR and I just couldn't find a good compatibility between the way I process my photos and Instagram. (I rarely take photos with my phone.) Thank you, anyway, for the suggestion! Let me know if you have a good idea!

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  17. You are the first one to make this blouse with a semi-transparent fabric, highlighting the unusual seaming. It's GORGEOUS, unusual, and so feminine! My question: what did you do to finish all those seams in the front pattern so straight and evenly? Creative Hormone Rush

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    1. Thank you! As for the execution of seams in the front, I trimmed its seam allowances and dart foldings using my serger right after sewing pieces together. I didn't do french seaming (it was suggested in the instructions) because I generally like lighter seam finishes in my garments. I hope it helps!

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  18. This is gorgeous, I really love the neckline on this blouse! The whole outfit looks beautiful.

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  19. Very lovely version of 1247 top - and looks great with the pants

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