Saturday, March 08, 2008

A New Hobby?

I have some Liberty fabric in my stash that I've been meaning to make into a simple skirt. Then I found this book at Kinokuniya (ISBN 978-4-579-11149-7).

One Piece Sewing Book - Cover

It contains 28 simple patterns for floaty tops, smocks and dresses. Even though it's in Japanese, the instructions are largely pictorial and I think coupled my Chinese (many of the characters are the same), I should be able to figure most of it out.

As with so many Japanese craft books, the photography and layout is simple but oh so pretty. All the projects are for loosely fitted garments, which is a plus for covering up my fairly basic sewing skills, since I've never been able to make anything that's meant to be fitted actually fit.

My first project is going to be the top on the cover, although there are quite a few things I like. Here's a small selection to whet your appetite.

One Piece Sewing Book - Dress with Bow

One Piece Sewing Book - Top

One Piece Sewing Book - Wrap Dress

One Piece Sewing Book - Dress

And finally, I've just finished my first sock in 2008.

Child's First Sock in Bowl

This was mainly a distraction (oh no, not another one) from my Dad's v-neck. Pattern is Child's First Sock from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. More pics on my Ravelry.


Christine said...

Oooh I like that white top (with the black pants).

Nora said...

I bought this book a while ago - it's fantastic and very easy to follow. :) Love the sock and the new banner.

Beth said...

The book looks lovely. I'm jealous that you have Liberty fabric. I visited the store when I was in London recently. It was all very expensive.

Also, I do quick and easy fitting when sewing garments by using elastic or belts to cinch something in at the waist. It makes the simplest shape suddenly sexy.