26 October 2011

Dress -White and Navy

The othe day, I went to Nippori, the biggest fabric market town you know, and got some nice fabrics at very cheap price there!

Can you believe that this adorable fabric is only 100yen a meter?

I used the bi-colored dress pattern that I had provided until the end of last month. 

I really love this dress, and I'm going to wear this with vivid colored tights. :)

Knit x Leather = Cool!

I made this sweater for my husband using the same pattern which I used to make for my father-in-low. It seemed to be too simple for him, and I thought and thought.... and got a good idea!

I put small pieces of leather on chest and shoulder.

It is very cool, isn't it? :)

Leather Bow

from small leather pieces

15 October 2011

Gifts for our Parents

for my husband's mother
I don't know if you know or not, most of Japanese apparel shops sell clothes only in a few sizes - size 9 or 11.  So it's so difficult for larger or smaller sized people to get their clothes, and they can only choose them by size, not by design.

My mother-in-low is about size 13 or 15, and she complains about that. And she asked me to make her clothes.
I made this sweater as a girt for her birthday. It has very wide dolman sleeves, and I suppose it 's very comfortable and its beautiful color suits her very well.
I hope she will like it! :)

for my husband's father
And I made this sweater for my father-in-low as well. He is 10 years older than his wife, and he is sometimes misunderstood that he is her 'father' !  I hope he will look younger in this sweater.

for my mother

And my mother is also one of those people who have problems about getting their clothes.
She is very small, about size 3 or 5.
I measured her size in details when I met her about a month ago, and I made her personal sloper.
So this shirt fits her very well. She looked so happy with it, and asked me to make more clothes! 
I was so happy too to hear that.

Now, I MUST make my father's clothes as well... He sometimes wears women's T shirts. haha

03 October 2011

Raglan Short JK -pdf free pattern


I've finished my project to make a new free pdf pattern for a jacket!
It was so difficult for me that it took so long time...
And I feel really satisfied with the result! :)

Here are the samples.
These were made from the same pattern.
basic type

zip-up style

from wool -formal type

You can see it's a versatile pattern - you can make a variety types of jackets from one pattern!

You can see more photos of these creations at my Japanese blog here.

And I tried to make it in 2 sizes this time ; size 9(B80-88) and size 11(B86-94).
Please choose one depends on your size.

I wish you all like my pattern and your creations!!



size9 (A4x22papers) / size11(A4x21papers)/instruction(A4x2papers)

Please note:
These patterns are available until the end of November.
Instruction is only in Japanese, sorry.
Please let me know when you notice errors or something on the patterns.


My Latest Creations

 A shirt for my husband
The very simple black knit jacket
Dolman T with a bow charm
Stripy Shirt
If you want to know more details or see more photos, please come and visit my Japanese blog!
(To say truth, it needs too much energy and too long time for me to blog in English here...  hehe :P)

08 August 2011

Bi-colored dress pdf free pattern

I got my previous dolman T pattern downloaded by so many people!
At first I announced that I was going to provide it until the end of July, but  I decided the extension of a month. Because one of my blog readers asked me to do so, thankfully.  :)

My next free pattern project is a bi-colored dress, which is easy to make, and cool and comfortable to wear.

Down shoulders, low waisted, a draw string and especially loose pockets are featured.
And I think this pattern is so versatile that it changes its look in many ways with various combinations of fabrics.

 This is the second sample. 

A sash was added, and I put elastic strings around the waist and on the pockets.

And it can be a simple blouse. I think it goes well with a maxi dress. It's a trend style in Japan this summer.

 The pattern is available until the end of September.

*the size is around Japanese M and L
*pattern and instruction are written in Japanese only
*please try a test before cutting your favorite fabrics

   pattern  (A4paper x 21pieces)        download
   instruction (A4paper x 3pieces)      download
   how to make a sash  (A4 x 1piece)  download
I hope you will like my pattern!  :)  Thanks a lot!

19 July 2011

Funny Face

Something is strange with his mouth........

So funny...

But too cute!

He always makes me laugh and feel happy! :)

06 July 2011

Long Stole

I don't know if I can say 'I made' , but I'll say ' I made this stole.' :)

I got this fabric some years ago at Nippori. It is a very soft and thin crepe fabric. 
It had been left aside for long since then because it was a soft and thin crepe fabric which looked too difficult for me to sew.

These days it's terribly hot and humid in Japan.
So I needed a stole to protect my back neck from the strong sunlight.

Then I found this fabric was perfect to make stole!
I just cut the fabric in size 40cm x 200cm, and undid the edges.

It was very easy and quick, and I'm going to make 2 more as gifts for my mother and sister.

30 June 2011


It has been terribly hot recently...this is the hottest June ever! Nevertheless I can't turn air conditioners on to avoid 'black out' by the lack of electricity.
My dog is very weak in heat and always wandering and seeking for the cooler place.


I bought this fabulous melon for only 280yen at a supermarket. 
This kind of melon is usually too expensive to buy by myself, but very cheap this year!

That's because the influence of radiation...sadly.
This melon came from Ibaraki, south next to Fukushima.
It's safe, but many people avoid them to eat. Of course I can understand that people who have small children and are going to have babies are worrying about that so much, and I would do so if I were a mother. I hope you readers can understand that  I don't intend to critisise them.
Now, what I want to say is that this is a rare chance for me to get delicious fruits very cheap :)

28 June 2011

Maxi Summer Dress

Most patterns for maxi length dresses need about 3 meters of fabric.
So I tried to make a pattern which needed only 2 meters.


I have added long straps, which makes my back-style looked cute even when I wear a cardigan on it. :)
bird pattern

27 June 2011

Star T

 I made this T from this pattern again,

and this tank top as well from the rest of fabric.

Some of my friends have made their shirts from my pattern and posted them on their own blogs.
I feel really happy to see the creations that others have made from my patterns, and that's very informative and helpful for me to make my patterns better!

Please visit and see my friends' creations!

hana's version is here
mei's version is here

18 June 2011

Mimic Project vol.1

I'm thinking I want to be able to draft patterns as I imagine, 
so I have started a small project by myself.!

I call it 'mimic project' - I choose a cloth, and I make the same one.

I chose this blouse for the first project.

(more details about this blouse here)


It was fun for me, and I was very satisfied with the result. 
I think it's very good way to train myself for pattern making.

Roomy Dolman T -free pdf pattern

I finished this T only in an hour! 

 Roomy shirt... cool and perfect for summer!

You can get free pdf pattern here(the newer version)
(A4 paper x 9 pieces)


I found some mistakes in the previous version, and I have corrected them.
If you have downloaded the previous version, please re-download the newer version.
I'm very sorry and thank you for taking your time.

This pattern is available until the end of August.

09 June 2011

A Bento Bag

My husband bring  'bento' (a lunch in a box) that I make everyday.
Of course there is a cafeteria in his college, but I think handmade bento is better for his health.

He has his own microwave oven and a refrigerator in his labo. So he can eat a hot (and safe even in summer) lunch everyday.

08 June 2011

Economic Shirt

I was very lucky to meet a grab-bag sale at a business shirt shop, and got lots of meters -maybe approx. 15-20 meters of shirt fabrics at only 500yen!

I made an Italian collar shirt for my husband from one of these fabric pieces.
Buttons came from a shirt that he was going to throw out. Fusible interfacing cost the most. :)

This shirt doesn't wrinkle after washed and spin-dried.
Cheap, but perfect fabric for shirt!

07 June 2011

Lovely Stamps!

I found these lovely postage stamps at a post office!!
japanese manga characters
Peter rabbit
 No water is needed to put because they are stickers.

03 June 2011

A Traveling Dog

One day in last week ,  I went out to have lunch with my friends in Tochigi-city.

Here is a very historical area, where there are many old architectures remained. These black wooden walls along the river you can see in this picture are the most famous here. It's very popular among the tourists to take an old-style boat to see the sights.

Then, we found a man and a dog were on the boat!

The dog is a very famous TV star whose name is Daisuke, and he is traveling around Japan with the man.

I love dogs and enjoy watching their TV program every week, so I was very happy to meet them. (^0^)

He looked cute with 'Kasa' a straw hat.

02 June 2011

Bird Shirt

I got this cotton fabric from ikea at 299yen/m.  How cheap!

There are variety of plants and birds. Very unique fabric!

I was thinking to make cushion covers or something, but it turned my shirt instead.

 I drafted this shirt pattern myself.

It looks a nice shape, fits me very well and is very comfortable to wear.
I thought I did a good job. (^.^)

Now I'm training pattern making harder to get a lisence of dressmaking instructor, 
and  I'm planning to open my own pattern shop in the near future.


I have my another blog in Japanese.  here

25 May 2011

PDF pattern -round collar blouse

I have uploaded free pdf pattern for this blouse.
It will be available until the end of June.

no collar on back

size : japanese L (Bust 88cm)

patterns (A4 paper)  x 16 piece  download
instruction (A4) x 1 piece  download  ( written in japanese only)

Please note:
Collars are only on front.
seam allowance 1cm
single fold bias tape(3-4cm x 32cm) needed