More Kokka 3 Minute Dresses, plus miscellany

I’m still going through old projects I never posted. I showed you a couple of my Kokka 3 Minute dresses before (here and here). These are the other four (!) I’ve done.

These are all Nani Iro cotton double-gauze, a supremely lovely fabric which I think it’s obvious I can’t get enough of. I don’t even want to tell you the kind of yardage I’m sitting on at the moment. I’ve been collecting it for over a decade, receiving some at Christmas or birthdays, or both. To me, it’s both beautiful and represents something more, because it was always a gift.

This print. I love it so much. I have it in, mmm, five colors? At least. I have only used two so far.

This hand-drawn herringbone print is so great, isn’t it?

Also, as I was photographing these, I was asking myself, “How in the world did cat hair get all over everything? I kept it folded, away.” My answer sauntered through the frame. How, indeed.

I wasn’t sure if I liked this print at first, but it grew on me and now I really do.

Front

These photos were difficult to take, but this was my first try at the sewing pattern. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, so I pieced together scraps to try it out. I did the neckline inside-out on one side, ha.

Back

You can see it’s a voluminous garment. The pattern is one-size-fits-most.

I like how comfortable it is. I like how it folds neatly into a square. However, please note that it’s incredibly unflattering, and plan accordingly.

For me this is a ‘no way in hell am I getting out of the car’ sort of garment, a ‘they told me I have to wear clothes but I am doing my best not to’ thing to throw on when I am cranky and uncomfortable. We all need those clothes, though! Right?


This week has been a lot. Doing more than usual of this:

She was the best Miss Marple. Oh, I loved her.


Should I show a photo of dinner? I didn’t plan to, I wanted to talk about other food, but I don’t have the energy to get into it. Maybe next time. Here’s dinner:

It’s pork with a whiskey sauce, rice, and a pile of crunchy vegetables (green beans, snow peas, broccoli slaw). Baby romaine underneath. Raspberry poppyseed dressing on the vegetables.

That’s all for now. It’s time for a walk. The night just got perfect and I don’t want to miss it.

Here in summer

Some dresses I made years ago.

Nani Iro fabric
An older print on Yuwa lawn
I made this one in Liberty Tana Lawn

I used pattern number one from this book to make the dresses:


I have several duplicates I made of another pattern, and decided to disassemble them and cut some Wiksten tank tops from them.

I botched the very first one. We have been going at one another for a week and a half and are currently at an impasse.

My nemesis

Janssen’s Market has been nestled in its cozy corner of a Wilmington, DE shopping center for quite some time, but I’ve never managed to make it in. I finally went yesterday. It’s perfect.

Here’s my tiny haul from yesterday which is pleasing me to no end as I plan what to do with everything.

  • Nielsen-Massey orange flower water
  • Rose petal preserves
  • Bonne Maman do a chestnut spread, how exciting!
  • Boston Harbor tea, which boasts having been tossed into the harbor. Was it truly a loss, or should they have taken a hint? We will find out. (Update: I think it has a really nice flavor, and it’s not too weak. Medium-strength, I’d say. It’s good, and I’m enjoying it.)
  • Bonne Maman lemon tartlet cookies (Update: these were cute and nice with coffee, good to keep on hand for friends who drop by.)
  • Brianna’s, my favorite brand of salad dressing (so far), in varieties I haven’t seen: Lemon-Tarragon and Blueberry Balsamic vinaigrettes.
  • Better than Bullion soup base in a mushroom variety I am freaking out about. I hope it’s good!

Kochi Jacket 2, and soup

I finished my second Kochi Jacket, and I like it.

I ended up piecing together the sleeves and the neckline, because I didn’t have large enough pieces to cut them from. I was reusing fabric from a dress I took apart.

You can see my lines are a little wobbly, but I ended up liking the pieced look, especially with the neon stitching. I think it gives those parts of the jacket a little more structure, too, which is nice. Also, it was fun to notice the little star I had stitched on my dress and forgotten about.

I think I may make more, because this little jackety thing very conveniently fills a wardrobe need. It’s been nice to have one fewer thing to think about.


This soup was inspired by one I had at Longwood Gardens in the pre-Covid days. I had been meaning to try making something similar ever since, and finally got around to it. It was so long ago I can’t remember exactly what the soup tasted like in order to tell if I matched it. I just remember sort of southwest-ish spices, but not too much spice. It was full of vegetables and chili-esque, but not chili. I mean, they may have called it chili, but it was definitely soup.

I think I got the vibe right, even if not the details. Here’s what I did, and I’m offering estimates at spice measurements because I didn’t measure. Maybe you would like more or less seasoning?

In a couple tablespoons of oil over med-high heat, sauté just until slightly softened:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 oz carrots, sliced
  • 1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper (I had a frozen blend of all 3), chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

Add and stir around:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh garlic if you feel like), or more or less if you have feelings about garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion (really I would normally use onion powder, and a little less than this if I used the powder form, but this is what I had)
  • 1, 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

Time for more seasoning! Add these and stir them in:

  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • And I added about 1/2 teaspoon of Penzey’s spices’ Turkish seasoning, which has more of what I already added above, but with the addition of ground sumac, which I like as an addition to, well, I throw it into lots of stuff. It adds a vegetal sour tartness without the fermented flavor or acidity you may get from other ingredients which would add sour tartness. If you don’t have sumac, you can get some, or ignore this ingredient, or add some of a similar flavor in another way, maybe by using a tiny splash of vinegar or lemon juice or perhaps even rose hip or hibiscus tea. I was going for a little something to, along with the heat of the cayenne, add a small challenge to the tastebuds. So if you have a go-to for that purpose, just very small amount.

More ingredients, final stretch. Stir in:

  • 1, 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • A handful of wild rice
  • 1/2 of a 15 oz can of puréed pumpkin
  • 1 green zucchini, sliced into quarter-moons
  • 1 yellow zucchini (or other summer squash), sliced into quarter-moons
  • A shot of brandy. Just use whatever. I would.

Simmer that for an hour or so. The wild rice and squash need to cook. I like them good and squishy, and the flavors will blend together.

I wanted mine with a more flavorful cheese (feta) and Rob went for the gentler mozzarella. We also had bread and avocado slices.


Important Trader Joe’s find:

My once next-door neighbor and dear lifelong friend used to make these and, when she did, was kind enough to share. I moved away, and it has been a long time since I’ve had a blintz. I almost cried when I saw these in the case, it just felt like the sweetest thing. They’re good! It’s no homemade blintz, the filling is a little watery from being frozen, my friend would say it’s too sweet, but still! A happy find and one I’m enjoying.

Nani Iro Tunic Dress

This is the first one I made.

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.

Front bottom.
Back, with Catthew. I regret leaving those white panels unembellished.

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:

y’all it’s a sack

Atelier Nani Iro Dress O

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?

A pile of minutes

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 3 Min. 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.

In progress:

A cardigan for fall.

Finished:

This tunic/dress thing. Completely hand-stitched. Couldn’t resist a couple tiny, red details.

I pieced together most of my remaining bits of this fabric to get another garment out of it. I’ve already done two other dresses. I love the print.