Sometimes, when I’m trying a new pattern just to see what’s up with it, I’ll piece together scraps of fabric rather than using new yardage. That’s what I did here.
I used some fine linen, some rougher embroidery linen, quilting cotton, fine Japanese gauze, Japanese double-gauze, a vintage cocktail napkin, pieces of a flour sack dish towel I dyed in tea (ha), and unbleached muslin which is one of my favorite fabrics of all, I think.
Here’s a detail of the little pocket at the top. I lined it in Nani Iro cotton gauze fabric. The edging is a snippet I crocheted in linen thread.
A detail of one of the botanical appliqués I used:
It’s a nigella pod from my garden. I just draw the pictures on muslin with a fine felt-tip pen. They fade eventually and need to be redone, but it only takes a couple minutes to go over the original lines.
A detail of the old napkin. It makes me laugh. It’s the piece with the embroidered heart-like shape on it:
Detail of the the other front panel. I crocheted the tiny flowers to attach here and there, and knitted the small length of lace. Both are done in linen. The appliqué is another drawing of nigella from my garden; that one was still in bloom:
It’s a little bit of a pain to fit all the pieces together, but it’s a good exercise, and one way to make sure small pieces of fabric don’t go to waste.
Here is the pattern. It’s a dress or a quite voluminous shirt:
I plan to disassemble this one. It’s not working for me. However, I’ve held off because I like looking at it, which prompted me to take a photo before I do the deed:
This dress illustrates some of the skills I need to improve, such as making gathers, using interfacing when I’m supposed to rather than stubbornly refusing for no reason, and choosing a pattern which is not a sack.
I would describe this as ‘large sack,’ if we’re keeping track of sack varietals, which I think we should,considering the current proliferation of sacks.
The pattern came from this book:
Here it is, in a couple versions, on models:
Of course, the fabric I chose was not the right fabric for this dress, but I was trying to get only a rough idea of how it would look in real life. It wasn’t meant to be the final version. Since I made it, I’ve decided I’m not in love with this shape at the moment, so I’m not going to try it in a better fabric.
I love the model in it, though. Isn’t she so pretty?
Here is my first attempt at Junko Okamoto’s Teru pattern. I finished it some time ago, and I’ve worn it a bunch. It’s massive and cozy, and, I think, beautiful.
It was my first attempt at color work, as well. I think it went alright.
Truly, it’s difficult to overstate the largeness of this garment. It could be a dress. In the cold of winter, it is such a wonderful sweater to own. Highly recommend.
Yet another 3Min. dress. Perhaps you’re wondering if I intend to turn every bit of fabric I own into one. I wonder that, too. I’ve done, um, six? I think? They’re just the easiest thing to grab and wear.