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Dressmaking at Home - Pattern C

I tried to sew Pattern C (White Blouse) in the book Dressmaking at Home by Machiko Kayaki. It's a simple blouse that has just 4 pieces (front, back, collar, and bias binding) and seemed doable enough for an introduction into clothesmaking.

The tips found on this site on interpreting Japanese patterns was very helpful in figuring how much seam allowance to add when cutting out the pieces.

Using some fabric found in the remnant pile at a fabric stall in Kyoto, I made my version in what feels like polyester, although the fabric does tend to hold a crease, so maybe not 100% polyester.

If you don't look too closely, the stitching is good enough. Although if you do look closely, the wonky stitching lines are readily apparent. The shirt fits well and didn't require any pattern modifications.

This pattern would be great in a cotton gauze or other lightweight fabric for warm summers because the shirt is loose, but still has some shaping, and the collar keeps it from being too basi…

SerendipitiJoy on Etsy

Now available at the store are handmade zippered bags that can be used for travel, running errands, shopping, or, my favorite, travel.

 They can be rolled up for easy storage.

 But are very roomy for bringing home souvenirs. Mine came in handy when stocking up on all the goodies in Tokyo a while back.