the green series continues

And another green dress, this one known as the milkmaiden dress, has been completed!

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The pattern is from my latest Machiko Kayaki book purchase: Sewing Lesson. I used fabric I bought in Japan about 8 years ago! I have a few things to say about this dress:
– I had to take in a couple inches on each of the sleeves because the bodice was hanging a bit low. This led to poofier sleeves, but I guess I can smash them down with my hands.
– This was my very first invisible zipper installation. Now, I’ve been sewing for about three decades now, yet I have never put in an invisible zipper. It was a bit of a nightmare. I got a special invisible zipper foot for my machine, but instead of gliding effortlessly over my invisible zipper, it slid over the coil and made me sew the coils down. Oops. I had to use my regular zipper foot, which seemed to work okay, but then I couldn’t figure out how to sew the top and bottom seams down without it being weird.
– Here are Peter’s comments about the dress, in chronological order:
1. “Is that a nightgown?”
2. “Are you going to wear that around?”
3. “It has an Elizabethan style to it. You’d fit right in at the renaissance faire.”
4. “You want me to be honest, don’t you?”
Tune in tomorrow for another installment of the green series!

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39 Responses to the green series continues

  1. kat says:

    I think it’s SUPER cute! Um, btw catalogs are on their way…just found them in a pile on my unorganized desk at work. so sorry. apology candy will be included!!!

  2. sally says:

    The dress is cute, very summery. I was laughing out loud when I read Peter’s comments though…gotta love honest men!

  3. Renata says:

    Gorgeous! I saw that book at Uwajimaya a few days ago when I was in there looking for Kanji flashcards.

  4. Kottonkandee says:

    lol, i didn’t think it looked like a nightgown. It’s very cute! =D

  5. debbie says:

    i think the dress is cute…but men don’t know how to handle cute i think….it looks like something i would wear cause it looks very cool and summery, you look very nice in it!

  6. myra says:

    I love it! It looks perfect for summer. Not nightgown-ish at all!

  7. ashley says:

    What is that amazing thing in your hand?! Deer plushies need to be shared as much as pretty green dresses.

  8. mya says:

    i’m intrigued by the deer thing in your hand–looks CUTE!!! did you make it?

  9. erin says:

    It looks great! Perfect for summer.

  10. caitlyn says:

    I personally think the dress is super cute and I definitely did NOT think of “nightgown” when I saw the photo. Great job!

  11. terhi says:

    Mariko, I think your dress is really nice, and it looks so cute on you!

  12. katrin says:

    this IS indeed a cute dress. don

  13. Anonymous says:

    Lovely dress!
    And I like your DH’s comments as well. He’s a real man!

  14. Carrie says:

    Super cute! That color looks fabulous on you. And I think the Renaissance Faire comment is *totally* a compliment. 🙂

  15. Melly says:

    Hey Mariko! I wonder if you know of a good instructional sewing web site? I would like to learn to apply bias binding to curved edges in one pass, rather than two.
    I wish I could show you the dresses I have been making but it will have to wait until the second one is complete. The first is making optical illusions because it is a stripe. My camera rebukes it!

  16. Nanc says:

    I think it’s a cute dress. Light and fun. Oh, sure. It looks a bit Disneyesque princess, but who doesn’t need that occasionally. 😉 Most importantly, it looks good on you. So there!

  17. marielle says:

    Peter’s comments sound similar to my male counterpart’s remarks whenever I wear something that isn’t *just like everything else* in my wardrobe. Well-meaning, maybe, and funny, yes, but – guys. They just don’t get it 🙂
    I think the dress is quite cute. Perhaps even cute enough to make the zipper nightmare worth it!

  18. melissa f. says:

    comments aside, he took a very nice picture. much better than usual. with props even. you’re coming along…

  19. gleek says:

    aw, i love the dress! it came out beautifully 🙂

  20. Jenn says:

    You are so adorable! That green looks great on you and the style is just so perfect for summer.

  21. amy k. says:

    it’s WAY cute and i am so bummed I missed you at bugerville! it’s our 2nd home! and pete laughed hard at peter’s comments-we better keep them away from each other. . .

  22. gaile says:

    that’s so cute! You can totally wear that around, and when people start flirting with you, then Peter will see how cute it is! 🙂 And love the stuffie you’re holding. Did you sew that too?

  23. Kathryn says:

    I also wonder if you ironed the zipper coils flat before installing the invisible zipper. I always use invisible zippers in my dresses, and I think they’re actually easier than messing with those little covering flaps you need with regular ones. Granted, they take a bit of patience the first few times, but give them a try. You seem like a really talented seamstress, you’ll get the hang of it.

  24. reesie says:

    i think the dress came out great! nightgown, no!

  25. adrienne says:

    very nice dress!! i’ve got to look around for that book!

  26. Jane says:

    I think the dress is great – so pretty and cute! And I know if I made one like that my man would say the exact same as Peter 🙂 Hope you wear it lots anyway – it looks lovely on you!

  27. katie says:

    That is just sew. darn. cute!

  28. Stella says:

    That is SO cute! You look like a little hippie chick – don’t you want to come back to Cali now?

  29. Zuma says:

    I think I just found my soul-mate Or at least a kindred spirit. Someone sent me a link to your tote-bag tutorial (I made my first one last night!), and I started snooping around your blog and I love it. Your croissant tast-test sounds like something I need to do soon!
    Enjoy Portland =)

  30. abbyjane says:

    Your husband and mine should get together. He makes exactly that kind of comment, even after I’ve spent many an hour making something.

  31. mo says:

    I love it! My husband says stuff like that all the time. I got dressed up for a job interview and at midnight the night before, he told me I looked like I was wearing a “paint smock”. When there was nothing I could do about it before having my early morning interview. What do they know anyhow?!! You look lovely in it.

  32. Donna says:

    Lovely! Oh, how I hate zippers, I recently figured out how to just put them in a zippered pouch, which I am sure is much easier than the invisible zipper.
    Oh, and tell Peter to read some fashion history books! Definitely not Renaissance, that’s an Empress waistline 😎

  33. alison says:

    Lovely dress, nice deer, and Peter is funny. 🙂

  34. carol says:

    oooh, your dress is lovely!

  35. Jaime says:

    I think your dress is great! Nice color & pattern. 🙂

  36. erika says:

    wha? I have been following your site for awhile and I think this is the best piece of clothing you have made for yourself!! It is darling, love how the top part is fitting and then it glides away from the body.
    semi-poof sleeves = girlieness = i love!

  37. Alicia P. says:

    Mariko, you look absolutely beautiful in your new dress!

  38. amilia says:

    i’m amilia/ jakarta, indonesia
    i’m handycraft teacher , sepecialy for embroidery
    i need more info for make smock, but not easy find info at internet
    maybe u can help me
    pls answer me at

  39. meh says:

    i like the deer 🙂

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