Japanese patterns

Guest Post: Take One Dress

I’m joining the lovely Victoria of As It Seams over on her blog. She has a great series called ‘Take One Dress’ and today it’s my turn to make something. Come on over and have a look at what I made and at the inspiration dress I’ve found for the next participant. See you there!

Take One Dress 7


A floaty pink blouse – Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Pattern L

There seems to have been far too much kid sewing here on the blog lately – how did that happen? Some pattern testing opportunities and Kids Clothes Week I guess, but, good reasons aside, it’s time to put some balance back. Time to sew something for me 🙂


I recently pinned this cute top from Anthropologie


What you may not know is that there are no Anthropologie stores in Australia – I know right……how do we live here??!? Yeh, it’s tough.

I first found Anthro about 5 years ago on a trip to San Francisco and really loved the style. They do ship to oz, but really, the shipping prices don’t make it a viable option. So, what’s a girl to do…….um sew I guess 🙂

Here is my take on Anthro’s Field Midi Blouse using pattern L from Happy Homemade: Sew Chic (a Japanese sewing pattern book for women that is translated into English). I’ve had this book for a few months and I like the patterns, but I do feel they might be too boxy and shapeless. This pattern is for a tunic dress, however, cut off as a short blouse, I think you can still show your curves 🙂



It’s funny how photos can skew how the fabric looks in real life. This is a polyester georgette with hot pink polka dots – here is a better idea of what it really looks like.


I made a few modifications to the pattern, which is a one size fits most tunic dress. Obviously I cut the pattern off much shorter than in this picture, I also omitted the sleeves. The side seams needed to be taken in about 1.5 inches to give some shape – I think I could have taken even more than this off, but we’ll see how I like the look of the top as it is over time.


I was looking for a really neat way to finish the hem as the lightness of the georgette with a regular hem would be very noticeable. I was contemplating trying to figure out how to do a rolled hem on my overlocker/serger, but then I found that I have a really cool narrow hem foot on my sewing machine. WOW is all I can say about that!! So neat and easy to do, I’m seriously in love with this foot – might put a narrow hem on everything from now on 🙂


Just for interest sake:

Anthro top + shipping = $163 US/$180 AUD

My knock off = $15 AU for material (I used a 40% off voucher for 2.5m of polyester georgette from the local chain fabric store) + $3 AU for thread. The pattern book and the button were from my stash.

What do you think – a successful knock off?