A Free Japanese Smock Pattern
February 20, 2015
Hi! How are things in your neck of the woods? Around here it is still a bit cold and we just came back from a snow trip to the mountains for mid-term break. The kids had so much fun with the sledge. And (a-hem...) so did I. :)
Today I am part of the Flip This Pattern series, hosted by the lovely sisters over FrancesSuzanne blog. This month the theme is Free For All and it is all about FREE PATTERNS galore!
Dozens of sewing bloggers have been sharing their makings out of free sewing patterns. There are hundreds out there! I have a Pinterest board with nothing but free patterns for kids clothes and it is already counting 350+! (And I am sure there are a ton more yet to be found!) You can find it here.
The first thing that came to my mind when I was invited for this series was sewing either a French pattern or a Japanese pattern. I love both! French patterns are classy and beautiful. But I couldn't resist the chance of sewing up a Japanese pattern. I have been in love with Japanese patterns, crafts, design, styling, aesthetic for many years now.
When I was looking for Japanese patterns I went to nani IRO's website (nani IRO is a Japanese textile company with the most gorgeous and high-quality fabrics) to look through their free patterns. Just in case you didn't know they offer several free patterns every year since 2002! You can find baby patterns, child patterns, women patterns, bags and pouches, and even men patterns! The only thing is... you need to draft the pattern yourself. They offer a graphic of the pattern pieces with all the measurements so it's not that hard. Every pattern has a PDF file with the sewing instructions (in Japanese :) ).
It was hard to choose from so many great patterns... but I ended up choosing the Rainbow Smock. It is a simple traditional Japanese smock pattern. I did flipped it a bit. After all this is the Flip This Pattern series, right? :)
I was lucky that this pattern is available for girls with a height of 100cm (39.5' inches) because this little girl is almost there.
The skirt portion was made out of patchwork stripes sewn together (for the rainbow effect) with a contrasting hem band, but I have opted to make a single pattern piece for the skirt and to sew a ruffled band to the hem (I have used 1.5x the width of the skirt).
The chest band was sewn with elastic (in a case) but I opted for a button closure at the back.
I let her pick the fabric and buttons (something I barely ever let my kids do and when I do they have to choose from a given fabric pile that I set for them to choose from... bad mom, I know. :) ). She chose this dotted chambray and then I paired it with an embroidery anglaise for the ruffled hem band.
I can't say I am 100% happy with the result... I mean, she looks super cute and girly, and she loved it! But I am not sure I do to. Maybe it's the ruffles... or the pairing with that blouse (from Lanidor, a Portuguese high-end kids clothes brand) that also has ruffles... or those dark tights... I think I will love it more when Spring comes and she will use it with a simple tee underneath. That will make it look better, don't you think?
She is the best kid!
Oh, and just in case you're wondering what's with her hair... Her hair is impossible to comb... She has two major hair swirls on the top of her head (most people usually have just one) that make her hair go up and twist. Everyday is a bad hair day for this girl. I don't know how she is going to do it when she grows up... :) If you have any suggestions, please help!
Well, back to the tour! I am touring today along with two good blogging friends - Jennifer from A Jennuine Life and Ana Sofia from S is for Sewing. I love what they both made for this series!
Make sure to also check ALL these amazing blogs to find loads of free patterns and inspiration!
There is a link-up where you can link any 2015 makings using a free pattern! (And there will be prizes!) You still have one week to link (it closes on the 28th), so go sew up something and have fun!