I recently purchased a sewing book on Amazon, “The Stylish Dress book – Wear with Freedom” by Yoshiko Tsukiori. I’d been admiring the simple Japanese dress patterns for a while and this book seemed like a good one. I’m glad I did! It has several designs I will use!
The first version is made from an olive silk voile from Fabric Mart. It is light as a breeze but has some warmth because of the silk. This is super comfortable to wear! You can see more pictures here.
As I went to the fabric store to get buttons, a different fabric jumped into my cart and I knew it was perfect for a second version.
The only changes I made were to shorten the sleeves for warmer weather and add a tie to the sides to take in some of the fullness. Many of the lagenlook pieces are cut very large and then have ties for function and style. This way, more sizes can fit the same garment. And it does provide some shape to an otherwise boxy top.
These look great with cropped pants and cute shoes! Have you sewn anything from the Japanese pattern books?