I am officially head-over-heels for Japanese Sewing Books. The designs are exactly what I have been wanting to sew for the last 6 months. They are simple with minimal pieces, yet the finished garment has big impact. While I still do wear some of my novelty print fit-and-flare dresses, it's simplicity and comfort which are my new benchmarks. Easy wear and care is my new sewing mantra.
This is my second version of Dress C from the Sweet Dress Book. My first version is in the wash and will make it's blog debut at a later date. For this version, I used some lovely Robert Kaufman red pin dot cotton that I picked up from Fabric.com. Red has long been one of my very favourite colours, although it has taken a back seat lately while I binged on pink.
One of my favourite features of this dress are the front pleats. I normally have a less than cordial relationship with pleats, but these are straightforward to sew. I do stitch them down as I prefer this look.
I used some of the techniques from the Washi dress in this dress. I sewed my patch pockets into the dress side seams. This didn't work quite as well as with the Washi as my pockets are slightly too far back. But, it's not enough to bother me and they're more than big enough to hold my phone. I also added shirring to the back to give a more fitted look. The dress is so easy to pop over my head and go. I plan on wearing this to work today with a pair of black flats. Easy!
In short, I LOVE this dress! I am so happy that I went with my gut and purchased several Japanese sewing books. They are just what I have been looking for and I foresee a long and fruitful sewing relationship.