|Left: magazine cover and the pattern I selected; middle top: the pattern sheet; middle bottom: the instructions; right: dd wearing Swedish tracing paper.|
I found that locating and tracing the relevant pattern pieces was the hardest part of this whole process. Even though I don´t read Japanese, the instructions have very good drawings that show you the order to put the pieces together. They even tell you what seam allowances you should add (*cough, not good enough*). So, it was pretty easy, apart from a few hiccups with the facings. Here is the result:
I was very encouraged by this result, so I decided to go for another pattern from this magazine (the Pattern Stash contest allows 4 patterns from each book/mag). I decided on a pair of pants that roll up and button into shorts for my son. I have been promising him a pair of pants like this for some time and have a Farbenmix pattern for such a pair (Klein Juist Cargohose), but I am feeling hesitant to go for another German one right now. Then I saw a similar pair that looked easier in Cucito. Now, OF COURSE, I forgot to add seam allowances AGAIN! Can you believe how slow I am to learn this lesson? I decided to go ahead and sew them because he is really skinny. They do fit, but they are quite slim:
|He has decorated himself to be a zebra and chosen this pajama shirt to go with the plaid pants.....|
I was really on a roll now. And my daughter wanted a pair of pants like these too! I made my husband a pair of sleep shorts with this same fabric, and now her brother had some, and she was feeling left out. And Cucito had a cute cropped pair that looked simple enough. So, I whipped these up:
So, they were all matchy matchy and it was the 4th of July! They might wear these to the Marines´ Independence Day party this weekend here in Luanda (but maybe not. I might feel like a dork).
But that was only three, so I had to do one more. So, I did this flower, just to see if I liked it.
And then..... I found out that you can do four items from a pattern book or mag only if they are distinct types of items. So I would only be able to enter one pair of pants in the contest. Therefore, I decided to sew a dress/nightgown for my daughter. She is sorely lacking in sleep clothes. Here it is:
|Vintage buttons (might have been my Grandma´s).|
This particular pattern was a lot harder to follow than the others. I think a little translation would have made a big difference. Unfortunately, I just tried to wing it and ended up with a pieced skirt. But, she likes it, and that´s all that matters, really.
And now I will put this magazine aside for a little, until the contest is over. But I think the patterns are great! There are several more things I want to make. Here are some of them:
So, the conclusion is- everyone who said Japanese pattern books and magazines are actually pretty easy to sew from were telling the truth! I should not have waited so long or been so intimidated. Ah well, live and learn. Now, I´m off to make something Japanese for myself!