Last week I was contacted by Tuttle Publishing, who wanted to know if I was interested in reviewing some of their forthcoming books. Tuttle Publishing focuses primarily on all things Asian, and suggested that I review a few titles in their crafting collection (sewing! Japanese sewing!! and better still, Japanese sewing already translated into English so I can read it!!!), as well as some cooking titles. I’ll leave it to you to guess what my reply was. Review copies are now on their way to me, which also means that, thanks to Tuttle Publishing, there’ll be giveaways for you in the near future on this blog!
In the meanwhile, I've picked up one of my favorite Japanese sewing pattern books again, Girly Style Wardrobe (I have the original Japanese book, but it's now available also in English), from which I've made a number of patterns over the years, and sewed for the second time this cute top with bell sleeves and a gathered Imperial waist. Simple, and stylish.
Right, I said “simple" … and it would have been, too, if I hadn't decided to add a rickrack edge to the neckline seam. In retrospect, I should have researched that technique a little better. Instead, I engaged in a one-on-one battle with that tiny wavy edge that eluded any straight stitching. The rickrack didn't beat me completely, but this top turned out simple, stylish and also a little imperfect.
Still, it is awfully cute, isn't it?