If you haven’t yet discovered Nani Iro – or Miss Matatabi’s store for that matter – you should go and stalk them immediately. Nani Iro is the creation of Japanese watercolour painter Naomi Ito, and she has a wonderful range of high quality textiles, from linen to knits to double gauze which I’m using here. You can follow her on instagram here for beautiful behind the scenes photos and to see what inspires her dreamy designs. Double gauze is a unique fabric: it’s soft to the touch, sews and presses wonderfully, and is perfect for semi-structured garments.
I met up with Frances, the owner of Miss Matatabi, when I was in Tokyo, and we went for coffee at a hipster cafe to chat about all things sewing and expat related. The icing on the cake was when she produced 4 yards of this gorgeous fabric for me!
I decided to replicate my previous M6506 (also made of double gauze, as it happens), and I just made a few adjustments to the pattern from last time – adding a little more to the armscye for bra coverage, adding belt loops, lengthening it by 2 inches (I entirely failed to notice it’s a Petite pattern the first time…), and using a sew-in interfacing in the collar.
The pattern is a nice alternative to the infamous M6696: it’s a bit faster to put together, and the bodice fits me a little better (though it has already been FBA-ed from the D cup, I was hardly going to get out of that one). The pleats are also perfect in this double gauze – just a little bit poofy but not too much!
And what do you know, it perfectly matches my graduation bag from my Mum. Thanks, Mum!
It only seemed fair to wear it on my outing to the new Hokusai exhibition at the MFA in Boston. The prints on show were spectacular, and of course I matched many of them in my Japanese blues (that’s the main point of art viewings, right?).
And this had to be done:
So tell me, are you a fan of double gauze? What else do you recommend using it for? It’s definitely too soft for some projects, but it’s so irresistible that I need more doublygauzy projects!
Here are the other stops on the Nani Iro month tour, and check out the awesome giveaway of over $400 of Nani Iro stuff!
Disclosure: Nani Iro fabric provided for free by Miss Matatabi. Embarrassing fangirling of Nani Iro, entirely my own.