blouse central

Okay, so I have been a little fixated on sewing lately, and my poor knitting has fallen by the wayside, but hey, when the motivation hits, ya gotta go with it! I managed to make another blouse from the wonderful Machiko Kayaki home couture book:

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I bet many of you recognize the fabric. I had to get a little creative again with this blouse, but I’m still amazed at how these Japanese patterns just fit. It’s almost like magic! I love the Peter Pan collar and the little darts in the sleeves (which you can’t see in the photo). Next up is a dress from the book (I actually started cutting out the dress but realized I didn’t have enough fabric. Ergh).

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23 Responses to blouse central

  1. Jan says:

    Nice combo of pattern, fabric and buttons. I think I need to track down that book!
    It looks like lots of bloggers have been branching out from their original handcrafts lately. It’s all good!

  2. megan says:

    cuter than cute!

  3. caitlyn says:

    Very very cute blouse!
    I just ordered her skirt book recently, so hopefully I will be able to decipher the patterns without being able to read Japanese.
    I’ve been neglecting my knitting lately too, but I figured that I should go with what I feel like crafting at the moment. I’m sure that the urge to knit will return at some point.

  4. Nancy says:

    Could you please post the isbn# pretty please? I would love to get my hands on this book! Your sewing is lovely!

  5. Sil says:

    So cute! It looks like a Japanese pattern somehow, must be the littl edetails and cuteness. Nice work.

  6. sally says:

    WOW! You’re whipping out things so quickly! Love the blouse!

  7. Donna says:

    what a great blouse, very flattering. I really like the way the collar lies. I have been doing much more sewing as well, I think for two big reasons. The things I sew work up much quicker than knitting, and the cloth I buy is far, far cheaper than wool.

  8. patti says:

    Awesome!! I have to order this book, the stuff is just too cute!! I always loved the peter pan collar. It’s adorable!

  9. rebecca says:

    That looks fanastic on you. I really like the cut and the buttons are subtle but still interesting.

  10. Meg says:

    Love both those shirts! Looking forward to seeing more.

  11. carolyn says:

    dude that came out super cute! 🙂 does a fleece fit over it? ha ha ha just kidding. which dress? what fabric? argh!
    (and as to jan’s comment, i would say you were a sewer before you were a knitter, no?)

  12. marielle says:

    All of these great blouses you’ve been making? They’ll look so perfect with the Minx shoes!

  13. allison says:

    So cute… both of them! And a dress next… can’t wait.

  14. Kristin says:

    Great! That fabric is perfect for that shirt.

  15. Kay says:

    Yer killin’ me, you chic well-dressed thing, you. Just the idea of darts in the sleeves, the very idea! xox Kay

  16. melissa says:

    I am green with envy at all the home couture stuff you are pumping out! I have to get started!

  17. melissa says:

    ps the blouse looks fantastic!

  18. amy k. says:

    nice!! and thanks so much for the help-hope the pie is already gone. . .

  19. Jaime says:

    This shirt is so cute!

  20. Gina says:

    I absolutely adore Peter Pan collars — my fav! That blouse is adorable.

  21. meg says:

    That’s utterly charming.

  22. maia says:

    You must have the most awesome handmade wardrobe M. between your sewing and knitting. I only wish I could sew. Something about following PATTERNS that ruins it for me!

  23. laurie says:

    that’s adorable! how did i never think of using that fabric for clothing? (my crafty powers are beginning to atrophy)

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