If you get a chance to go to Japan definitely check out Nippori Textile & Fabric District. Here is some advice from my trips over the past couple of years.
The types of fabrics you’ll find here will depend on the time of year you travel to Japan. Going in summer allows you to find the most gorgeous dress fabrics and you can get some bargain buys less than 500 yen / meter ($6 AUS). The colder months will allow you to find lots of knits and jacket/suit types of material. The only problem with buying this material is that it’s quite thick, so you have to allow for extra baggage space or even organise to get it posted back. No matter what time of the year, there will always be incredible kids themed material, quilt material and Japanese fabrics.
How to ask for fabric in Japanese
1 meter please – ichi me-r taru onegaishimasu
2 meter please – ni me-r taru onegaishimasu
3 meter please – san me-r taru onegaishimasu
1- 10 (ichi, ni, san, yon, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, gyu)
Meter – me-r taru
Please – onegashimasu
Thank you – Domo or domo arigato
No thank you – daijobu (this one comes in handy!)
Fabric Tomato has a couple of stores along this street, one of which has about 6-7 levels high so you’ll be sure to find a number of goodies here! However, there are a number of remnants, patterns, lace, Japanese kimono type stores along the way.
I recently made the BurdaStyle Pleated Baby Dress for a friend and loved the project so much I wanted to try a few more children’s clothing patterns. So my next sewing project included the BurdaStyle reversible bucket hat and the See Kate Sew Baby Teether.
I tested out the reversible bucket hats with a few different combinations of lining and decided that one layer of iron-on interfacing gave the perfect stiffness. If you don’t include some sort of interfacing it becomes too floppy to wear. Especially because you can flip the front flap up to reveal the different colour fabric underneath.
I’ve recently created this adorable BurdaStyle Pleated Baby Dress by BurdaStyle for a friend who just found out they’re having a baby girl. I created the two different matching fabric’s on Spoon Flower, which you can purchase on my online Sixteen Stitches Spoon Flower shop.
The pattern came with a few different alternatives such as cap sleeves, full sleeves and even a different back. I decided to try both sleeve versions making one dress longer than the other.
From the time it took me to cut the paper pattern, sew it up and then hand-stitch the edging it was a total of 2.5 hours for both dresses. I used snaps for the buttons since they’re not only easy to install on your garments, they’re also perfect for children and babies. Overall it’s the perfect little baby dress and the design itself it just so cute!
Help out a charity by sewing up a storm!
We’ve all had different experiences in life where events shape, change and make us who we are. Many have been touched by generous, caring charities that focus on helping people or animals in their most desperate time of need.
Therefore, I’d like to dedicate this post to providing support in a sewing/embroidery way to help make a huge difference in someone’s life, including those beloved animals.
Since I work at Echidna Sewing, I’ve been reaching out to charities all over Australia to find out what we can all sew to help towards events, fundraising or even just to give away to its members or animals.
If you would like to get involved please follow the Echidna Sewing blog, which will focus on a new charity sewing project each month. You can even look back at previous month to find out what every charity needs, all year round.
Plus, if there is a charity that you know of and would like to include, you can suggest it on the Charity Sewing page.
This is something I’ve been really involved in and already seen the most amazing donations from members across Australia. The amount of items that have been created and posted on the Echidna Sewing & Embroidery Facebook community showcasing people’s incredible talent and generosity has completely blown me away. So, if you would like to get involved, there’s no better time than now. Plus, your donation will put a smile on someone’s face who needs it the most.
Pattern: By Hand London – Georgia Dress
Description: The Georgia Dress is a super sexy knockout dress with fitted cups and a panelled skirt that hugs the waist and skims the hips. Variations include a choice of slinky shoulder straps or a wider, nautical style faux collar. Keep it demure with a knee length skirt, or show off those pins with the mini!
Fabric used: Black cotton sateen and snake sequin material
Okay, so this is a tester version that I wanted to get a bit creative with an include my snake skin sequin material but to be honest I can’t really see myself wearing it. Although, that’s just the fabric I’m talking about, the pattern itself was pretty awesome. I’ve already run down to Spotlight and purchased some cute, lightweight printed denim material that I want to use instead (a little bit more me). But hey, why not show you guys my glitzy version! hehe!
Pattern: Self drafted pattern
Description: A cute baby doll dress with full pleated skirt.
Fabric used: Wool challis
I haven’t worn this dress in like ten years but I really wanted to take a photo of it because it was one of the first dresses that I got my mum to help me make. Admittedly, she did make most of it but it was one of the main reasons why I wanted to learn how to sew.
I would love to revamp it a bit now and take off the big buttons (which was actually in at the time hehe) and replace them with either no buttons or something a bit smaller. I absolutely love the white piping in it though, it makes it a very cute baby doll looking dress.
Pattern: Lekala Dress with Wrap Skirt
Description: A stylish dress with square neckline and mid length open wrap skirt.
Fabric used: Navy Floral Cotton Sateen and the Watercolour blue combed cotton found on Spoonflower
I have made this dress before with a number if modifications in my previous Lekala Dress post. Like always, when I like a pattern…and I really, really like this pattern, I’ll make it a few times. The first navy dress below is basically the same as the Lekala pattern, with only a few modifications to the front neckline.