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First Japanese Sewing Week

Our dear Sara is the mastermind behind this First Japanese Sewing Week. There’s a profound love of Japanese Pattern books amongst the sewing  community, so it was about time we spread some of that love. (now more than ever!) 

I’m sure you’ve been following some of the other bloggers… the bar has been set very high! (gulp!) Anyway, I’m very excited to show what I’ve done. As usual, I was not disappointed with the outcome. At first, I thought of doing something for my kids, but all the patterns were to “summery”… and to tell the truth, my kids don’t really need new clothes, so I turned the focus on me.

I chose from my favourite book, Casual Sweet Clothes. My first pick was the dress on the cover, but I didn’t have the right fabric in my stash. Then, I thought about going for the denim jacket with the braid detail, but I wanted an all outfit and was afraid of not having enough time to complete the set.



So my third choice was this dress (third time is the charm, right?), V-neck shift with ruffled cuffs.


There’s not much to say about the construction. Like most Japanese patterns, it’s simple and easy to understand. The instructions are quite thorough and the illustrations show great detail. This book is in english, so you can actually READ the instructions, but I have several others in Japanese, and it really is possible to follow every step, just by looking at the pictures.


In the back, the zipper gives accent. (don’t you just love an exposed zipper?!) The dress was a bit too long on me (it hit me under the knee), so I shorten it. Because of it’s A-line shape, for me, it looks more flattering, if it shows a little leg!


The fabric is Japanese (of course!) that I bought on my last trip to Barcelona. It as a lovely “wavy” print in gold on one side and on the other, the print is silver. I could have used either side, but I wanted this to be my “christmas dress”, so the gold felt like the right way to go.



There is a giveaway running along with this tour thanks to our amazing sponsors!

There will be three lucky winners among all of our lovely readers. Each winner will win one of the following prizes:

– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing;

– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing;

– A $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew.

All you have to do is try your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. The more entries you validate the more chances you have to win!

The giveaway will be open until Nov.25th.

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There is still more “amazeness” to come! Check out this awesome line up!

Thank you Sara, for all your hard work! 😀


In a Manner of Sewing  |  Conversas de Hermanas  |  Pequenos e Verdes |  Climbing the Willow
Bartracks and Singletrack  |  S is for Sewing |  Sew Happy  |  Mamacosesola
Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sewing Like Mad  |  As it Seams  | Sewing For Mini Me
La Folie Sewing Booth  |  Just Add Fabric |  Blogless Anna  |  Sweeter Than Cupcakes  |  Needle and Ted
Miss Castelinhos |  Made by Toya  |  Lil Luxe Collection |  House of Estrela
Patty Made It  |  Paisley Roots  |  Rita Pirolita |  Call Ajaire
So-cal Sewing Mom  |  Kiwi Crafty Chemist  |  Sew Shelly Sew |  Made by Sara

  • Carla Marques

    November 20, 2015 at 2:52 pm Reply

    You look amazing Diana. Well done!!!

    • Diana

      November 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Carla! 😀

  • Patricia

    November 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Adorei Diana, ficou mesmo giro.
    Aquele casaco de ganga parece ser um sonho!

    • Diana

      November 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm Reply

      Obrigada Patricia! Ainda hei-de fazer o casaco, é super simples, nem sequer tem forro. 🙂

  • Ines

    November 20, 2015 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Love it, Looks great on you. Beautiful fabric!! (Perfect for Christamas but also for all year round hehe) <3 can't wait to see the jacket too 😉

    • Ines

      November 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm Reply

      And not Christamas but Christmas hahahah I’m not sure if I can blame this one on auto-correct heheh

  • Jenya

    November 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm Reply

    Third time is the charm indeed 🙂 Wonderful dress. I love this fabric!

  • Virginia

    November 20, 2015 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Fabulous dress! Love the fabric and exposed zipper combination.

  • Jess

    November 21, 2015 at 5:21 am Reply

    I like the fabric. Looks like sashiko embroidery.

  • Emi

    November 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Love love love this dress on you! The fabric is gorgeous and that exposed zipper is the perfect touch! I’ve always wanted to try putting in an exposed zipper in a skirt or dress, but have been too chicken. But I see it’s worth the effort!!

    • Diana

      November 21, 2015 at 9:34 pm Reply

      Thanks Emi! You should try this… It was so much easier! I’m so lazy, I might just do exposed zippers from now on! 😀

  • Paula

    November 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Gosto muito do vestido! Não me parece que tivesses razões para estares preocupada. ahahah Está lindo! O tecido é maravilhoso.

    • Diana

      November 21, 2015 at 9:31 pm Reply

      Obrigada Paula! ;D

  • Maria Borges Duarte

    November 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Love the dress, looks so good on you and the fabric is gorgeous!

    • Diana

      November 21, 2015 at 9:28 pm Reply

      Thanks Maria! 😀

  • Rita @ conversasdehermanas

    November 23, 2015 at 10:24 am Reply

    Adorei Diana! Ficou um maximo! O tecido e perfeito para esse vestido e fica-te lindamente! 🙂

    • Diana

      November 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm Reply

      Obrigada Rita! 😀

  • Lightning McStitch

    November 24, 2015 at 10:05 am Reply

    Nice! I love how subtle the patterned fabric is from a distance, and then Christmassy gold bits – perfect!
    Well done on the fit, it suits you really well.

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