Thursday, August 24, 2017

BEAU Yin Yang de nani IRO + Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress = Happiness

The latest women's pattern from Chalk and Notch is the Fringe Blouse and Dress, and needless to say, I looooooooooove it.


Like all of Gabriela's patterns, this pattern is excellent (well-drafted and with illustrations) and a pleasure to sew. Trust me, I've now sewn three of them and have plans for at least two more. She is nothing if not professional, and very much a perfectionist. I won't go into the details of the pattern, but I will let you read all about it in Gabriela's introductory post HERE. You will see some beautiful dress and blouse versions in that post.

Those of you who know me probably know by now that I am a somewhat conservative sew-er (sewist? sewing person? fabric addict? Anyway.). This basically means I tend to sew a pattern as-is, excepting any fit adjustments. For my first attempt, I went for View B, drawn in by that gorgeous neckline. It had the added attraction of not having to deal with buttonholes, my nemesis. 


I am rather petite (5'1"), so I wondered whether I ought to shorten the dress, but that thought only lasted for a few seconds, because in addition to being conservative when it comes to sewing, I am also a bit conservative when it comes to dressing as well. I made the size 2 rather than my usual size 0 because I was a bit worried about pulling the dress on and getting it past my broad shoulders, so I didn't add any length to the bodice, which I am sometimes tempted to do. I think it worked out well. 

For this dress version, I used a lovely nani IRO lawn from their collaboration with BEAU Yin Yang, and it is so much prettier than in these photos. The print is called "hasard", and the tiny flowers seem to have a very light bluish tint to them. I happened to have a pretty ribbon that matched rather well, so I used that in place of making ties. Confession: I did try to make the ties, but then poked an unsalvageable hole in my first one with my chopstick while trying to turn it, and I just didn't want to deal with sweating it out again. Next time I will sew a string to the end and pull it through.


I made the sleeves without the button tab and cut the cuffs on the bias. I think it looks fine on the bias in this fabric, though in my blouse version (scroll down) I didn't cut on the bias. If you would like to get some of this nani IRO for yourself, I can highly recommend Miss Matatabi, especially if you live outside of Japan. This is not a sponsored post. I just love Frances and she has the best fabric in her shop. She has the BEAU Yin Yang de nani IRO collection available for purchase HERE. And THIS is the one I used for my dress.


No photo shoot is complete without a photo bomber, right? 

I made a second dress using rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and Custom Printing, and it drapes beautifully. You can see a sneak peek of it HERE. It's a bit on the sheer side, so you might want to line it or wear it with a slip or something underneath if you are making a dress. Oh, that reminds me! One thing about this nani IRO dress is that I would not recommend wearing leggings or anything with it, as the skirt will tend to "stick" to the leggings and get all bunched up as you walk, leading to some funny antics to try to make sure the dress doesn't get caught between your legs. Ask me how I know, haha. 


So of course I had to make the blouse version, too. I wanted something casual, so this time I went for double gauze, knowing that it wouldn't drape so well as a dress but figuring it might be okay for a blouse. And I think it is. Yes, again with nani IRO (told you I am conservative - but please don't say "boring!"). This is "Lei nani - For beautiful corolla" in the colorway "open sky." And it is gorgeous in real life. There are bits of shiny gold in the flowers, and it is just such a joy to wear. 

I'm sorry I don't have better pictures for you, but my camera was refusing to focus on me, so this is the best my daughter was able to do for now. As you can see, I left off the ties for the blouse, but if I make another in double gauze or linen, I think I would prefer to have them for the blouse as well as the dress. 


You can purchase the Fringe pattern (currently on sale!) on the UpCraft Club site HERE, in the Chalk and Notch shop HERE, or in the Chalk and Notch Etsy store HERE. The sale ends on Monday, August 28th. 

Also, if you are in need of fabric, heh heh, there are some amazing coupon codes in Gabriela's post HERE. Happy shopping!

19 comments:

  1. Love these! The black one is so great- it manages to be both sweet and sophisticated!

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    1. Thanks so much, Meg! Sophisticated - I love that! I really love when I can get sort of dressed up but still feel comfortable.

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  2. Both are beautiful and I'm a massive fan of Nani Iro too but the black dress is just stunning on you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    Nothing like a hot black number right!

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    1. Hahaha, "hot black number"! I didn't think of it that way, but everyone can use a little black dress, right? ;)

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  3. Both absolutely GORGEOUS! You are so lucky living in Nani Iro and Miss Matatabi country :-)

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    1. Thank you, Mie! I do feel blessed being here -- especially when it comes to sewing and craft supplies!

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  4. Both so pretty!! I have never sewn a string to turn a tube of fabric?! I have definitely poked holes with chopsticks though!!

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    1. Thank you, Emily! I just saw a video somewhere (I wish I could remember where) and recall seeing some instructions in one of my Japanese paper patterns - where you put thread between the right sides when you are sewing them together, and when you go to turn it out, you just pull on the string. I'm hoping it's as easy as it sounds.

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  5. They are both so beautiful Emi, I can't decide which one I love more. The black dress is so elegant on you and that blue Nani IRO just has my heart ๐Ÿ˜

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    1. Thank you, Indu! Although I really love my black dress, I am excited about having a "casual" top, too (if you can consider nani IRO casual wear)!

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  6. The black version is my favorite! It looks so so sophisticated on you. The color, the design, the little blue ribbon that adds a subtle detail, I love it all! And of course, Nani Iro <3

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    1. Thank you, Eva! I am never sure whether people will like what I make (even when I love the makes myself), so I am always a little surprised and very pleased when I get a positive reaction. Actually it makes me really happy you like it!!

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  7. That dress looks absolutely stunning on you. Love the blouse too - such beautiful fabric.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! It seems I have gotten over my nervousness about sewing with nani IRO, haha!

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  8. It looks lovely on you! That neckline is gorgeous, as are the fabrics you chose.

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  9. Beautiful job Emi!! I love the black dress. Nani IRO is something I've never actually sewn with but I am always drooling over their prints

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  10. OMG Emi! You're looking sooo pretty! I love the black dress on you! Very elegant and - like Meg said - sophisticated! But both the dress and the blouse are stunning! Great fabric choice as always!

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  11. Both the dress and the blouse are stunning! I am considering making a dress in double gauze but I am a little worried it might turn out of a see-through side!

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  12. Wow I love the black dress so much! It looks stunning!

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