On the tracks

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For the second year in a row Jane & I have been promoting the hashtag #sewjapaneseinjanuary to encourage ourselves and fellow makers to sew from their Japanese pattern and/or fabric stash during the month on January.  No competitions, no prizes, no giveaways, no sponsors… just a way of cheering each other on as we sew.

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This is my first (I have plans for more!) make for #sewjapaneseinjanuary and I’m totally smitten with it.

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The pattern is ‘Pattern D’ from the now out-of-print original Nani Iro book.  I’m not sure of the books name, but Naomi Ito is the author and it was published by in 2008 by Bunka Shuppan Kyoku.

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If you are super keen on this pattern, it’s also available (with different pockets) for free from the Nani Iro website (click on Woman T-shirt) but you’ll have to draft it up yourself from a diagram.

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This is the third time (I’m a serious pattern repeater!) I’ve used this pattern and the third time I’ve left the pocket off.  I’ve sewn a ponti version, silk version and now a linen version.  I love them all!

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For this version I lengthened the top by 2″ (5cm), narrowed the neck opening at the shoulders and performed a 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment.  On my third attempt, I think I’ve got this pattern to the point where it’s perfect for me.

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This linen is luscious.  I picked it up as a remnant when Stitch56 were closing down last year.  It’s a Merchant & Mills  laundered linen twill in the scandium colourway.  I’ve sewed a dress in the francium colourway last year for #sewjapaneseinjanuary!  I will confess to still have more of both colourways in the stash.

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These photos were taken on a disused railway line beside the Maribyrnong River in Footscray and there was hilarity.

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I’m not a natural in front of the camera so sometimes I need to be very silly to relax.  Sharon knelt down to take photos from a different angle (see above), and of course I bobbed down too!

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Will I make this pattern again? Most definitely, and probably before this month is over!

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Pattern:  Pattern D from the original Nani Iro book (free version available on the Nani Iro website… click on Woman T-shirt)
Size:  Small
Fabric:  Merchant & Mill laundered linen twill
Alterations:  Added 2″ (5cm) to the length of the top, narrowed the neck opening at the shoulders and performed a 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment.
Accessories:  Sophie Digard scarf (a gift) and shoes from Yoox several years ago
Location: Maribyrnong River, Footscray

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4 comments

  • Like the Francium dress, this top is wonderful–love the fabric, love the pattern, love how it looks on you! Actually, I’ve got this pattern–plan to proceed once I learn how to perform a forward-shoulder adjustment (it’s on my list). Fact check: You may not feel “natural,” but you are extremely photogenic–always have been–and a great stylist. ‘Maribyrnong?’ “…is derived from either mirring-gnay-bir-nong which in Woiwurrung, the language of the local Wurundjeri people, is said to mean ‘I can hear a ringtail possum’ or ‘saltwater river.'” OK, I haven’t nailed the shoulder adjustment yet, but it’s not as if I’ve learned nothing.

    • I’m impressed with your knowledge of Maribyrnong… If you have learnt fabulous facts like this (I bet you are awesome at trivia) then a forward should adjustment will be a walk in the park. Thank-you for your lovely feedback on my photos and styling. The styling I love, the photos… well I’m getting used to them!

  • Love it – and the stripey tee from your previous post! And I’m glad the railway is disused!! I would totally have added the pockets but I love pockets on everything 🙂

    Jane G (Drapery Jane!)
    • Thanks Jane. I will definitely be adding pockets to my next version. And safety first when it comes to railway lines!