Modern Princess Aurora Dress

princess aurora dress with modern twistSewing for my four-year-old is fun. It has become much more fun than when she was a baby. She has ideas, opinions and wants to collaborate with me to make her own special garment (What I made for her in the past here).  Right now she is into anything princess related so when we were invited to a wedding back in November, we decided to make a “Princess Aurora dress”. Her requests were pink, long and fluffly like this. As I wrote here, she does not consider it a “dress” unless it reaches the floor. My idea was to use up some left over fabrics and give it a modern twist. I follow the instagram of NY based kids fashion brand, 3Claps and I got the idea of sheer top panels from there. It adds a bit of modern taste without being too much like from a Disney movie. No pattern is used; I took her chest, waist and top and skirt length measurements and made paper patterns from them. I like how easy it is to draft kids clothes pattern since no darts are needed for upper body. Princess aurora dress handmade Princess aurora dressPink kids dress with sheer panelBoth Kiko and I were happy with the finished dress, buuut I made a crucial mistake. Can you see the nicely finished french seam on shoulder outside? This is what happens when I work at night in dim light. I placed the finished top panel inside out. Oh well it’s for a child and she will grow out of it quick.

She loves the dress and even post wedding, she wears it on the weekends. Next project for her is to sew up a knit dress with the panda bear jersey I scored for 200 yen per meter in Tomato!Kids dress for a wedding娘に結婚式お呼ばれ用に作った真ピンクのワンピ。
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MADE | Transitional Piece

what i made - beige wrap dressWinter is my least favorite season. Not only do I hate being cold, but also fashion wise, I get sick of multiple layers. Usually I end up wearing jeans and a Uniqlo sweater.  So boring! But…..I had a chance to get to Nippori last weekend and that gave me some sewjo to make myself something fun to wear. After going through piles of knits on the second floor of Tomato fabric store, I ended up with this beige knit. It is medium to thick knit made out of 80% of rayon. The rest of the fabric content is a mixture of polyester and polyurethane, so the knit does not go too stretchy after some washes. The wrong side of the fabric is flannelized to keep it warm and it feels good against the skin.beige dress full bodyThe pattern was from a store bought dress I had. I did not do anything special except for lengthening the sleeves. I sewed the front neckline with an elastic so that the neckline would not get stretched. The whole thing is serged and the hem was done by hand. This way the hem sewing line is invisible. Sewing was simple and in total it took less than two hours to make.beige wrap dress back style - beige wrap dress

It fits pretty well, though I could do without some creases in the back. But, at the same time, I did not want the dress to be skin tight like one of those f21 dresses that college kids wear to clubs…
When Kiko saw me wearing the dress, she said “mommy, new dress?! But it is too small for you!”. In her mind a  “dress” needs to be long and fluffy like some kind of Disney princess. beige layersI’m planning on wearing with cardigan, long boots (from Zara) and plaid scarf for now. Once the weather warms up, I want to pair it with white sneakers and leather jacket. main_20160301_tiered_launch

Last but not least, my favorite online shop, Shopbop is running a spring sale from 3/1-3/5. Check out here.


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Bridal Photoshoot with Tuli

bridal photo in hamarikyuI teamed up with jewelry designer, Megan of Tuli for a recent bridal shoot. Megan is an American, who lives in Japan. She was in Uganda as a journalist for a while, and developed a relationship with local ladies and trained them to make beads out of paper. I enjoy working with brands with strong mission statement. Check out more about her story and jewelry here. We shot with this dress and this dress.

Besides Megan, we had French, Filipino, and Peruvian girls who gathered as make up artists, hair stylists, and a model to contribute to this shoot. It’s fun to meet with people from different countries who happen to find their way to Tokyo.

Usually I leave Kiko when I do photoshoot, but I could not find the childcare on that particular day. So, we biked to Hamarikyu park in Tsukiji together. I was surprised how much Kiko was into this whole photoshoot experience; she was talking to all the girls, helping the stylist, taking many photos (some of the below photos were taken by her and edited by me), and just overall having a great time. She was so proud of herself for being a “big help” and I was, too! Flowers at Hamarikyu Park1 Portrait by my daughter Flowers at Hamarikyu Park2 Flowers at Hamarikyu Park3 Flowers at Hamarikyu Park6Although it was still cold, you could see pretty flowers started to bloom. my little photoshoot helperBehind the scenes of the shoot with Kiko helping the stylist. We are wearing the matching coat I made (Blog posts on mine and Kiko’s)Flowers at Hamarikyu Park5 Flowers at Hamarikyu Park4 beautiful boho wedding dress behind the scenes in hamarikyu浜離宮庭園で撮影をしました。



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