First up is this Out and About Dress from Sew Caroline's pattern. I bought the pattern a while back when it was a Friday Fiver (such a screamin' deal!) but hadn't made it yet--Selfish Sewing Week gave me the perfect excuse!
I had been holding on to this double-sided thick knit fabric that I found for 100 yen/meter in Nippori, Tokyo's Fabric Town, and knew this was the perfect project for it. I used the darker side of the fabric (which has a ponte-type feel but I have no idea as to the fabric content since I STILL can't read Japanese) for the body of the dress, and the lighter side for the binding and cuffs.
I loved the design on the lighter side, but thought it was too close to my skin tone to work for the whole dress. I love the color--it's a soft, peachy orange that is pretty flattering, although I did already make myself another knit dress in almost exactly this color! Oh well, that one is for summer, and this one is more fall/spring with the thickness of the knit and longer sleeves.
I made a size Medium based on my measurements, and since this fabric is thick and not tooooo stretchy I didn't want to risk sizing down, but I would say that I will probably make a small next time. It works for this one, although I did end up shortening the bodice just a tad, but it's not so big that I feel like I need to make other alterations.
I love the big deep pockets!
|The back, of course|
I wore this outfit to my first craft show since moving to Japan--the cat is supposed to bring in customers, money and good fortune :). You see them in lots of shops here, welcoming the customers in!
I would say my little maneki-neko did the trick--I sold almost 3/4s of my merchandise, and picked up several custom orders as well! You can see the products I have available on my Sewbaby Crafts page (I just added that tab on this blog to keep things simple).