MADE | High Waisted Tweed Pants

Near my house, there is a craft shop called mano creare. It is owned by Okadaya, but tailored more for moms. They curate their stuff so as to attract moms who make kids' bags and lunch box covers for preschool. Most of what they have is cotton with cars, buses or ballerina prints but, occasionally I can find more exciting treasures. I found this beige tweed on the end of the winter sale rack for just 900 yen for 1.5 meters. The fabric has a wide width, approximately about 145cm so I immediately thought of making a pair or wide legged trousers. The fabric has nice weight and have slight sheen to it. I have drafted a high waisted pants pattern and have been modifying over the past few months. It started when I made these shorts and I loved the fit. It sits on natural waist, covers the belly part with the front tucks and the back accentuate the waist and butt. So I used the variation of it to make these jumpsuit for a customer, wool top and pants set for myself(which are yet to be blogged), and these pants. I added back pockets which are never going to be used but it is a nice detail. The buttons are a gift from my friend, who found many vintage buttons at a flea market in England.  I also made the front pockets, but it was not until I finished that I realized the design flaw. Since the pants are high waisted, they should have been placed on the side, from about five centimeters from the waistline so you can stick your hands in. Turned out I have four pockets that I won't be really be using. The hem is wrapped with beige silk satin bias strips (left over from this dress). These hidden details are nice! Nobody will look at it or notice it but it's ok. It satisfied the maker's ego. Worn with crossover back chambray shirt (blogged here) and Superga sneakers. I've also worn them with stripe shirt. Wide leggs are nice so I can wear leggings and long socks inside to keep warm.I am satisfied with the end result and already started thinking of making another pair for warmer season. Maybe in bright red linen with cropped hem? These earrings are also my recent make. I took a jewelry making workshop. The group get together once a month to make different jewelry and the fee is usually 1,000 yen. 最近作ったツイードパンツ。 型紙は自分で作りました。 ハイウエストでフロントにはタックでスタイルが良く見えるような型紙作りを心掛けました。 ショートパンツバージョンはこちらで販売しています。 生地は近くのmano creareで。セールで1.5mカットを900円でゲット! ワイドパンツは中に色々着こめていいですね。 最近は寒くてスキニー+セーターでありがちコーデになってましたが、ワイドパンツをワードローブに投入して、少し変化が楽しめそう。 Find me elsewhere:

Easter Dress B-Trendy B1659

Making clothes for my daughter has become a group effort these days. In the past, it was a one-way thing, where I decided everything. Now Kiko has an opinion on everything and we figure out what works and what doesn't. She had a lot o say in regards say in to this particular dress - especially the length (longer the better!) I tried to convince her that knee length would be easier to ride a bike and whatnot, but she wanted a floor length dress. She said that she wanted a princess and pointed out that none of her dresses are floor length. So, she won.  The pattern is from a magazine called B-Trendy by Made by Oranges. You can see how modern the dress looks in the magazine as opposed to what I made. With a white apron, she could easily blend in with the girls from Little House on the Prairie. It is a paper pattern and you have to choose the appropriate size to trace. There are so many lines and it's a bit hard to see so I used a highlighter to mark the lines, put the tracing paper on top of the pattern paper and traced it. The instructions are in five languages - English,Dutch, French, Spanish and Netherlands. The instructions are similar to BurdaStyle's. Very minimal. You have to know sewing basics to figure out so it is not recommended for beginners. The one I used, B1659 is a cute basic pattern. Round neckline, long sleeves, baby doll style skirt. I can see a lot of possibility with this pattern. I can make it sleeveless with satin and tulle for formal occasions and add side seam pockets and make in printed jersey for daily wear. Pattern: B Trendy #7 B1659 Dress (25% discount with a code vivat for all products in their online shop valid till 4/1/2017) Size: 128 (8-9 year old). In retrospect, I should have picked size 116, which is for 6-7 year old.  Of course, the creation process won't end until we have a proper photoshoot session! She found the flower crown I used for a shoot in the past and put it on herself... 娘に最近作ったドレスです。 型紙はB Trendy #7 B1659 Dress (クーポンコードvivatで25%オフになります)。 説明書きは5か国語です。英語、スペイン語、フランス語、オランダ語、ネザーランド語です。 かなり省略された説明書きなので、洋裁基礎できる人じゃないと難しいかも。 でも、入ってる型紙数は多いし、子供の普段着用に色々作るには、お得な雑誌だと思います♪ ポリエステルミックスのギンガムチェックで作ったら、大草原の小さな家に登場しそうなキャラに。。。笑 Find me elsewhere:

Brooklyn Tweed Hudson Turtleneck

I'm a complete novice when it comes to knitting, but I could not resist starting a project after looking at so many fun instagram photos of beautifully knitted projects (@kniting_inspiration, @brooklyntweed, @woolandthegang). I started this Brooklyn Tweed Hudson twisted rib turtleneck in the mid Summer to take to my Summer trips in Karuizawa and Atami. I finished it in December so it took five months. I have some experience knitting with circular needles (hat) but this was my first time knitting a sweater. This turtleneck is constructed by knitting the bodice and sleeves separately and then connecting them at the shoulder finishing at the neckline. Making the bodice and sleeves were pretty straightforward; however, joining them all together and at the same time decreasing the stitches was not. I just could not understand the pattern at that point and repeated the process 3 times. By the fourth attempt, I was so exhausted that I gave up on following the patterns all together. That is why the neckline is shaped in a weird asymmetrical way. Thankfully the yarns I used were navy blue which is very close to black, so it is hard to notice the mistakes. Or at least I'm hoping so. I got the yarn in Yuzawaya Shinjuku at the end of last Winter when they were doing massive store closing sale. This yarn is a mix of wool and cashmere. It's pretty warm when wearing with my polkadot archer button up.This knitted clutch was made by my friend. She gave me the knitted piece and asked me to just put it together myself since she knew I sewed. I added a zipper at top and lined it with printed corduroy. Also added a piece of plastic at the bottom so the clutch won't sag when I put a lot of stuff in. I've already started my second sweater project. This time I'm using a Japanese pattern from michiyo. Japanese knitting books provide graphics (figures?) for the patterns, so I'm hoping the neck shaping will go easier this time. I'm making it with pink mohair. More to come! 初めてのセーターを作りました。 型紙はBrooklyn TweedのHudson。 日本の編み図と違って、図がなく、全てが文章で書かれているのでかなり戸惑いました。 下から胴と袖を別々に編んで、肩からラグランスリーブとして繋げていくタイプ。 胴、袖2つのパーツは割と問題なく編めましたが3つを繋げて目を減らしていくところが本当にわからず、なんかネックラインの仕上がりがおかしいです😢 3回やり直してもまだわからなかったので、取りあえず編み進めて終わらせました。 濃い紺色の毛糸なので網目の間違いが分かりずらくて良かった。 8月から編み始め、12月にやっと出来上がりました。 クラッチは友達が編んでくれたものに裏地を入れて自分で仕上げしました。 太い毛糸で編むから1時間ぐらいで編み終わるって言ってプレゼントしてくれて、感動☆ Find me elsewhere: