Japanese fabric madness. A monster is born.

I seem to be following a Japanese theme this week. Twice now I’ve mentioned this Kokka Echino Decoro – Stag fabric in Mustard purchased at  Village Haberdashery in West London. It rocks my world and I can’t stop thinking about it and what it must become:


I have been looking at the fabric and Colette Myrtle pattern I bought for it and decided the dress wasn’t quite retro enough for what I was seeing in my mind’s eye with the fabric, but also wanted to keep it as simple as possible, as my sewing track record thus far has been a bit…variable!

I started trolling images of projects and trying to find a more suitable beginner pattern and then saw this post over at Miss Make and was SOLD. Not only was the skirt super simple, but it having a top and skirt separate would make them more versatile and let me get twice as much wear out of this FABULOUS fabric! Worn together with a belt it will look like a dress. Perfect.

Regretfully and somewhat guiltily have to admit that this is not the only pattern I purchased from Sewbox. Ahem.

As I couldn’t decide if the Belcarra was the EXACTLY right top, but I really like the pleats on the shouler, I so got it and the Colette Sencha Blouse after seeing the high neck version on the ever-cute Tilly and the Buttons… just in case. As one does.

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Oh. And I did I mention I bought a real, up to date sewing machine too? eeep. There is a whole story behind that as well, as neighbours down the street stole the first one City Link delivered to them when I wasn’t home! But John Lewis sent a new one and all is good (though not sure they ever got the other one back!).

And of course once I started it all went downhill as I HAD to check out my favourite Etsy fabric shop Miss Matatabi. More Japanese goods, but fabric this time.

Naturally I found this cotton/hemp fabric that I HAD to have ON SALE. I love the hand sketched quality of the bears. And, let’s face it, people, GRIZZLY BEARS!! Too good. Makes me think of home. 😉

It was hard to choose between the yellow and the bright turquoise version,

But…yellow it had to be, even though my wardrobe is starting to look like Big Bird’s. So then, naturally, I on to find a pattern for the medium weight fabric. Back to Tilly’s blog and saw this skirt. Done. But …then… it arrived and I realised it would make the most amazing vintage sundress. The fabric has this woody quality to it that feels so retro. Can’t you just imagine? Even my partner, who can be a bit conservative, admitted it would be a stunning dress!

Here is me mocking it up with a belt:

Kettle Yarn Co bear fabric

So I may have bought the remaining 2m at Miss Matatabi. Maybe. A little.

I feel like I am haemorrhaging money I really don’t have at the moment, but the compulsion was too strong. (Does anyone else ever do this? Start spending more money than practical and then completely LOSE IT? I haven’t done this in a long time, but made up for it with this spree.)

Fingers crossed my sewing mojo improves quickly after this shopping spree! ;-?


15 thoughts on “Japanese fabric madness. A monster is born.

  1. It’s possible that you’re haemorrhaging money as you’re buying fabric from some pricey places. You wouldn’t be able to use the stag fabric for the Myrtle as it’s not a knit fabric at that pattern is for knit fabrics.

    • Ah…but that is because I always end up loving the pricey fabrics. It is a curse! ;-D

      Any suggestions for good places to buy cheap fabric Miriana?

      You can actually make the Myrtle in woven. Colette supplies a special separate guide on their website for this…! They are brill.

  2. Oh I didn’t know that about the Myrtle. Goldhawk road and walthamstow market are the Meccas for fabric shops. I like Croft Mill online. Truro fabrics are lovely but not that cheap – although they may not be that bad in comparison to Echino. Shaukat for liberty fabric. Fabricland if you can cope with the website. There are some ebay shops that look good, especially for jersey.

    • You are a GOLDMINE!! Thank you for this! I hadn’t even realised there was a Fabricland in the UK. If it is anything like the Canadian ones you have to rummage, but you can find serious bargains. Will check it out.

      Kicking myself for not checking out Walthamstow and Goldhawk Road when I was still in London. Will have to make a day trip in one day when the skills have improved!

      So appreciated Miriana!

  3. Your neighbors stole your sewing machine? That’s LOW. I’ve been the victim of some mail thefts lately too; it really stinks.

    You’re cracking me up with all the sewing, because a year or two ago, you were all: “I’m not sure I really want to try sewing . . . ” Welcome to the club!

    • Yeah. Scumbags. I hope karma bites them on the ass. ;-B

      Luckily I ordered from one of the few places (it seems) here that has excellent customer service and they just sorted it out. Phew.

      Well, you realise the sewing thing is partially yours and Jo’s fault. I keep seeing all your gorgeous projects and then WANT!

      It was that damn Colette Sorbetto that took me down. The swayback adjustment made it an advanced project for me, when everyone else (not pointing fingers) was knocking them out in an hour! 😉

      Also taking the course at Raystitch with my friend was a good move for me. It helped my confidence levels and made me realise that maybe, just maybe I could do it by myself. So I need to at least give it a fair try instead of the half cocked attempts I normally give it (and then get despondent)!

  4. I have been enjoying your posts regarding the purchases of the fabrics and patterns. When you started speaking about your shopping spree, I thought of my spree when I first started making socks. I discovered that I liked the complexity and the simplicity of knitting socks and fell whole heartedly in love with the process. A friend and I went to a shop in Westminster, MD, and I proceeded to buy yarn to make socks. When I finished, I was several hundreds of dollars poorer and ready to take on the world with socks. My friend was stunned as she had never seen me in that spending mode. I came out of the shop with enough yarn to make over 50 pairs of socks. I had buyer’s remorse for a short bit but then I decided it was worth the spree! Have fun with your fabric and patterns. Take your time with the garments and they will be everything you want them to be.

  5. I totally did this when I started sewing! It’s just all so beautiful and tempting, and when you can see yourself wearing something it’s hard to resist. You’ve made gorgeous choices, though, and the patterns are ones you can make again and again, so I think you spend your money wisely 🙂

    • Thanks Angela. That is what I told myself when I was losing it…that the patterns were all VERY versatile. Hah! I just finished my first, test, Rae skirt today and feel pretty good about it. Will try the Sencha next with the cheaper ‘toile’ fabric I bought and see how that goes as it is much more involved. Fingers crossed.

  6. At last had time to read properly and click all of your interesting links – can totally understand that you (almost) lost control. Look at it as an investment that will pay off! Being on a yarn diet feeling much tempted to walk in your footsteps and maybe buy myself a sewing machine too (also said I never would). So happy to hear you got a new one after those bastards stole the first one. Looking forward to reading more about your sewing adventures 😉

  7. I’m hemorrhaging money too (that is a really hard word to spell). Maybe we should start texting each other before we make a purchase so we have some accountability…

    Last night you would have got a series of texts saying:

    “PLEASE CAN I HAVE THIS ROVING, PLEEEEASE? It’s really pretty AND IT’S CALLED DRAGON. I need to try Manos del Uruguay roving EVEN THOUGH I have about five sheep’s worth at home…”

    “Oh, I also found some of the Opal sock yarn I’ve been coveting since August. Given that I’ve owned it in my head since August, I’ve basically already bought it, right?”

    “I have to start spinning this roving straightaway and I don’t have a spindle with me. One jumped into my basket. It’s a different type that the ones I’ve tried before, so it’s basically research for the podcast, right?”

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