I've had this in my head for a while, a long while … too long.
A little double border Japanese fabric and fun coordinates to jazz it up.
This design took a little detour after the pre-washing. I threw the above pieces into the wash along with various clothes that were waiting patiently in front of the machine. Much to my surprise and displeasure I was met with very PINK Japanese fabric when I opened the washer.
READ ON and don't shy away from that awesome red/white dot fabric! The dots are still white, the white dress shirt that was included is still white, all the other pink/red and "light" colored clothes are still as they were. The LAGUNA that is half pink/red half lime green is still a vibrant lime green with no pink where there shouldn't be. ONLY this fine, darling even, Putite Encore fabric took off and went pink.
A google search later I thought I'd try a small amount of bleach in a pot of almost boiling water to remedy the predicament. The pink did wash away, it was quite a sight to behold. Only problem was, so did the colors. The poor fabric is now light grey, white and orange-ish. I think it'll make some nice napkins or something.
Fast forward to new yards of fabric washed, by themselves, I wasn't taking any chances. A final pattern read through and then the sewing commenced. The KYOKO pattern by Modkid, whipped up pretty easily. If it weren't for the operator error of attaching the bodice to the skirt having the top INSIDE OUT, I would have made it though without having to used the "un-picker" at all.
Sorry I declined to take pictures of these debacles, because although I can laugh at myself – I, too, have my limits!
M is 6 and pretty regular sized. This size 6 seems a little big, although it is made to be roomy. Since it's a woven with no fasteners if it were too fitted there would be no getting it on and off. The OBI sash is a great compliment to the dress, and I much prefer it with sash to without. Yesterday, while playing outside the obi kept inching it's way down her tummy. Today I made sure to place it high and it stayed just fine for the photo shoot at the Japanese Tea Gardens as well as the romping that was done on the park's playground equipment. I think placement might be key.
Footnote: Placement doesn't seem to be key. Save yourself a bit of headache and attach a small sew in snap, just one should do, one either side of the cross over and the top edge of the obi
hemmed with westfalen bias and leggings are from the LAGUNA pattern in stenzo dot with lyrcra (no saggy knees after a few washings)
Kyoko obi sash with petite encore faces and dots in fire ribbon
Sleeves, this is the other side of the double border fabric used for the bodice. I used every bit of 2 yard for the dress. I could have used a little less but I wanted to place the sleeves on the fabric just so.