I have several Japanese dress books which I love to look at, however, I lack the motivation to trace the sewing pattern and to add the seam allowance. I really need to like a pattern to do this.
This sewing pattern (G) was taken from the Japanese ‘Stylish Dress Book – simple smocks, dresses and tops’ by Yoshiko Tsukiori. It was the Pinafore style of the dress and back strap design which got my attention – so utility chic! It is an easy and enjoyable dress to make.
I really like Pinafore dresses, having made The Abigail Dress in corduroy. I find them appealing as they are so versatile, practical, easy to wear and great for layering.
I used a denim look heavy weight linen fabric as I want to wear this dress for Autumn. For the twin needle topstitching, I used a plum colour thread which looks effective. There is a little back pocket.
The only alteration I made to this dress was to shorten it slightly. The skirt is more flared than I am used to wearing but it is good for me to try something different!
I am thinking about making another Apron Dress, perhaps in a corduroy. I also have my eye on the Box Dress in the same book. It is just a question of having the time to make them all!
What are your Autumn sewing plans?