1st Japanese Sewing Week :-)

It is the third day of the 1st Japanese Sewing Week organised by Sara from “Made by Sara” and there have been only amazing outfits so far! I’m truly impressed, although I know I shouldn’t because the line-up is full with talented ladies 😉


It is no news that I like Japanese patterns and I’ve made a few already here, here and here to name a few and even made a dress for myself!! For that reason I was really looking forward for this week to see what is going to be shown, get to know new books and of course get some more inspiration!

My initial idea was to make two dresses for the girls as it will be their Birthday soon, but for some reason I only was able to make one for this week!

The book I’ve chosen was the “Girly Style Wardrobe” by Yoshiko Tsukiori that I bought some time ago and although I like it a lot and have a few items that I really wanted to make, it never happened until now (you may be familiar with such phenomenon) so, I thought this was a pretty good time to make something from it 😉

The pattern is the “j” in size B (110 cm), I made it with no major alterations and I would not make any as I really like it as it is.






The fabric is a light twill from here, which was picked by F. The reason why she picked this fabric is obvious as she loves squirrels, but unfortunately the dress was too short for her and will be used by M! For the next dress I will have to make it longer as the width is perfect for her.






My favourite part of the dress is, obviously (for those familiar with my preferences) the lace. The lace was bought in Portugal and I deeply regret not having bought more and I will try to find some more next time I go there 😉



Another thing I liked is the way it closes in the back, with snaps in the inside.




Apart from the fact that it is necessary to add seam allowances there is nothing that I didn’t like in this pattern. I even think the extra work of adding the seam allowances is totally worth it and by now I’m getting used to it 😉




Now the fun part, the giveaway 🙂

There is a giveaway running along with this tour thanks to our amazing sponsors!

There will be three lucky winners among all of our lovely readers. Each winner will win one of the following prizes:

– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing

– One pack of 2 two Japanese Sewing books from Tuttle Publishing

– A $40 fabric voucher from Urban Sew


All you have to do is to try your chances by entering the Rafflecopter bellow. The more entries you validate the more chances you have to win! The giveaway will be open from Nov. 16th to the 25th.


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There is also a link up, so that all can be part of the fun. To know more about it just visit Sara’s Blog where you can find all the information about it 😉

Don’t forget to check daily what is being made as you can see the line-up is nothing short of amazing talented ladies.

In a Manner of Sewing  |  Conversas de Hermanas  |  Pequenos e Verdes  |  Climbing the Willow
Bartracks and Singletrack  |  S is for Sewing  |  Sew Happy  |  Mamacosesola
Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sewing Like Mad  |  As it Seams  |  Sewing For Mini Me
La Folie Sewing Booth  |  Just Add Fabric  |  Blogless Anna  |  Sweeter Than Cupcakes  |  Needle and Ted
Miss Castelinhos  |  Made by Toya  |  Lil Luxe Collection  |  House of Estrela
Patty Made It  |  Paisley Roots  |  Rita Pirolita  |  Call Ajaire
So-cal Sewing Mom  |  Kiwi Crafty Chemist  |  Sew Shelly Sew  |  Made by Sara



Thank you Sara for organising such an amazing tour 🙂


Hope you are enjoying this week as much as I am 🙂

28 thoughts on “1st Japanese Sewing Week :-)

  1. Mie @ Sewing Like Mad

    Ah, one of my favorite kids Japanese sewing books. I have made a few things from this book already and have many more on my to-do-one-day list 🙂 This is SUCH a beautiful dress. The fabric is stunning and so so perfect for this!! If the dress otherwise fit your older daughter you could always add a ruffle at the bottom to lengthen it….if ruffles are your thing 🙂 It would certainly pair well with the Japanese aesthetics 🙂
    Your photos and styling are so beautiful too!!


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much for your kind comment and suggestion 🙂 I do like ruffles, but I have enough fabric and I will make another one or try to convince her with another Japanese pattern 😉
      This book has some really good patterns, I like it a lot and also have a few more in the “to do” list, the one that never ends!! 😉
      I still have a long way to go in photography, there is so much to learn… but thank you 🙂


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Carla 🙂
      I also like this book so much, can’t wait to read your story! I love to read about the stories behind a project 😉


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Inês 🙂 I agree the fabric is really cute 😉
      With our lovely weather I really need to find alternatives to the outdoor photos!! (How I miss the beautiful Portuguese sunlight!!)


  2. Wow, it’s so beautiful ❤
    It's absolutely stunning on her! Obviously, you do need to make another one 🙂
    The only "problem" (for my wallet,of course) is that, that fabric went right back into my shopping cart and I'll need to shop around for that amazing lace 😦


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Sofia 🙂
      The fabric is really cute and although it is a twill the drape is great! Can’t wait to see what you are going to make with it 😉 The lace I bought in Coimbra (Tecidos Coimbra) it is worth a visit if you go there.


  3. Maria, o vestido é muito giro e fica-lhe muito bem. Adoro o tecido, ótima escolha da filhota 😉 e a renda é sempre um detalhe muito bonito ( mas também sou suspeita!) As molas a fechar o vestido são uma idéia ótima e muito prática. Boa escolha do molde, não tinha reparado muito nele, no livro, mas está claro que devia 🙂


    • fairiesbubblesco

      Thank you so much Krista 🙂 You are right, this pattern is really simple, but everything combined made it work very well (my opinion, of course 😉 )


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