Nani Iro Month // Sack Dress Love

SophieEdited-32Have you heard of Nani Iro fabric? If yes, then you’ll already be well familiar with its charms. If no, this could be the start of something very good. And very bad. Allow me to introduce you to this seriously beautiful fabric designed by Naomi Ito. The details of how I discovered Nani Iro are hazy but it was likely during a search for ‘Japanese Fabric’ on Etsy. Which lead me to the Japanese fabric happy place that is Miss Matatabi’s store! I bought my first piece of Nani Iro; the softest mint double gauze with white polka dots which became these shorts.  Since then I’ve stashed away a few floral pieces, one of which will be getting its airing shortly. The prints are beautiful and unusual, kind of like art meets fabric. You could sew a dress or you just fling a piece up as a wall hanging. What I love most is that the prints don’t really fit into any current trend, which means I want to wear them now but I could also imagine wearing them in my eighties! And since June has been declared the official month of Nani Iro loveMiss Matatabi has asked a handful of Nani Iro fans to choose from a selection of pieces from her shop, on the condition that they must only sew….whatever they want?! So I said, hmm let me think about that one… SophieEdited-21SophieEdited-42 I  picked out this Water Window Water Gauze, in the pinky purple hues (it comes in three other colorways!). It was pretty on the screen and possibly even more breathtaking in the flesh. Literally a watercolor painting on fabric. I’ve not come across anything like this print before. It would have made up beautifully in so many things. A high waisted midi skirt was my first idea. But then I decided something simple and boxy like the silhouette of the Rebulique Du Chiffon ‘Monique’ dress would look amazing with the large print. Actually I must have been subconsciously vibing the  ‘robe Monique‘ example dress on the pattern cover. Statement prints are perfect for this pattern!SophieEdited-35The pattern itself is in French. A minor detail, brushed aside in my excitement over the latest batch of patterns by Republique Du Chiffon. I’m blaming this video trailer ( released with the collection) with its cool tunes, cute French girl and general swank for my purchase of the Robe MoniqueJacques Pantalon and the Veste Bernadette. Clearly, a sucker for an atmospheric sell. Take me to France already. When the patterns arrived, I opened up Monique and got a little shock when I remembered it was all in French. At first I thought I could translate the whole thing with Google translate. Then I realised that would take longer than sewing the actual dress, so I only translated the words on the pattern pieces (dos = back!). For the rest I referred to the (limited) diagrams, and my previous experience with facings, throwing in some under-stitching for good measure. Anyway, consider it a miracle that the dress before you looks the same as the one on the pattern cover. SophieEdited-5 Assembling the pattern, minus the French, went okay! I loved loved loved sewing the facings, which are pretty much my favourite finish on any hand-made stuff. Figuring out how to join the facing and the main body at the sleeve ends was a little tricky. Also, the way the main pieces are drafted means that the edge of the sleeve (where the tabs join) ends up on the bias and gets stretched out really easily, especially when you’re sandwiching the tabs between the main dress and the facings. I had to go back and add extra pins here, as I had the same issue as Kirsty from Top Notch, with keeping the spaces in between the tabs even. Next time I would probably stay-stitch the top sleeve edge first. The watergauze was a dream to sew with. Its also super handy having the double layers when it comes to hemming ; you can hand-stitch a totally invisible hem by only catching the inside layer of the gauze with your stitches. SophieEdited-41SophieEdited-19 Let’s take a moment to muse on sack dresses, which clearly this one is. Being more in the pencil skirt camp I make an unlikely candidate for a sack dress lover. Its a silhouette I’ve never dared to go near before. But I absolutely freakin LOVE this! The extra volume is fun and playful especially in this print! I even added two inches to the length and sized UP (40 from a 38) for extra sack factor. There are strange things afoot around here. What are your feels…do you embrace LE SACK? SophieEdited-4

…Nani IRo loveliness all month long…

Straightgrain   ∆   you & mie   ∆   Lizzy House

A Little Goodness   ∆   Make It Perfect   ∆   skirt as top

imagine gnats   ∆   Petit à Petit and family   ∆   Saké Puppets

Sanae Ishida   ∆   verykerryberry   ∆   Craftstorming

Ada Spragg   ∆   Groovybaby And Mama

elsie marley   ∆   Miss Matatabi

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  • Katwrote:

    What a gorgeous fabric! I love the colours in it. The detail on the sleeves is gorgeous. I’m not a big sack dress person. I’m too curvy and they make me look huge. I wish I could rock them though cause they are so chic and look so comfy.

  • erinwrote:

    Lovely dress! I can just imagine how nice and cool it is to wear this on warm days, and still look so stylish 🙂

  • Brookewrote:

    I saw this fabric in Miss Matatabi’s shop and went straight past it assuming it just wasn’t for me (particularly in pink) but this is gorgeous! I think I have buy some now and ‘borrow’ your midi skirt idea – would be make such a great summer skirt!

  • Blogless Annawrote:

    Swoon. This dress is awesome in so many ways! I’m a lover of the sack dress. They flatter my figure, hide my mummy tummy, and put my pins on show (I’m not afraid of short!). Looking forward to your next Nano Iro make.

  • Suewrote:

    Hi, Sophie
    It is beautifully done and great choice of fabric(Again!!).
    i am a huge fan of Japanese fabric as well since i lived in Japan and experienced beauty of Japanese fabric.
    but never worked with Nani iro yet. I must to try it out. what a unique name. what color.
    I was about to ask your Monique sizing choice but i know why now. Your extra sack factor has been successfully done.

  • kristinwrote:

    i feel, like, giddy seeing you posting again!! welcome back, friend. i love this dress and love your description of nani iro fabric. it is art. i’ll bet it’s like wearing a beautiful cloud!

  • Bellawrote:

    Embrace the sack! Oh man do I love me a sack dress. So comfortable and chic. Yours is great! Love your new blog too, it looks fantastic. Did the Nani Iro water window fabric inspire your new blog colour scheme, or vice versa?

  • Kellywrote:

    Oh my, so beautiful. I love Nani Iro so much and you’re absolutely right, it is art! Maybe I will hang some on the wall, that’s actually a great idea. I just made a bag with the gray/brown color way of this print, and I think it kinda killed the beauty of the print. This dress is the perfect showcase for such a special fabric, I am digging the sack dress thing too and just received Monique in the mail…those tabs are scaring me although yours look perfect! Beautiful as always and I am so very glad you are back!!

  • Cloverwrote:

    It’s gorgeous and so are you.

  • Annikawrote:

    so good to see you back in blogland. your incredible makes definitely were missed. and you returned with a BANG. that dress is so gorgeous! i think it’s my favorite nani iro month so far!

  • Annikawrote:

    and i just want to say: I love your about page! you are definitely inspiring all of us to do what we love, too!

  • Lizwrote:

    Ok – totally had to steal the work internet to check out your new blog – LOVE!
    Even more so, I adore this dress, it is divine and that fabric!! I may have to completely steal this idea!! Although this style totally wouldn’t suit me, perhaps I’ll just steal the fabric idea 🙂

  • Kirstywrote:

    It’s been a while since I’ve sewn Nani Iro but it feels so beautiful and is as you describe, art on fabric. What a great idea to stay stitch first. Next time I’m going to do exactly that. I love this dress and the fabric is a perfect choice. I love the sack dress and this is such an interesting pattern that I find it hard to resist. Welcome back! You have been missed x

  • Helenwrote:

    Beautiful! I need to get myself some Nano Iro soon!

  • SaSawrote:

    This is just gorgeous! Wonderful fabric paired with a lovely pattern! SaSa

  • Rachelwrote:

    Me and sacks go together like rama lama lama… (Can’t remember the rest of the song) . I love your sack! I have been pondering getting this pattern after seeing Kirsty’s made up – but now I want it even more. Gorgeous fabric too.

  • Marjorie Trundlewrote:

    Just gorgeous Sophie and thank-you for introducing me to these beautiful Japanese fabrics. Many years ago I visited Japan and bought home some beautiful fabric. Quality that I had not seen for years. The Japanese really do make beautiful quality and it is a pleasure to sew.

  • Utewrote:

    What a beautiful make! Sack-like and not sack-like at the same time. Very flattering. Somehow it makes me want to wear pink (which I never do!) but for Nani Iro I guess that rule does not count!

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  • An (StraightGrain)wrote:

    Such a beautiful dress! And you really shine in it. Everytime I see another nani IRO creation in this series, I think: “why didn’t I pick that fabric??” 🙂

  • Nicolettawrote:

    The colors of the dress totally match your new website! This is attention to the details 😉

  • Bec Stitcheswrote:

    Welcome back, we missed you:) gorgeous fabric, my gosh.. I’m kind of happy/sad I read about this haha

  • Jennifer Rwrote:

    So pretty, the colors are amazing. I’ve been looking for a good sack dress for ages and jumped on this pattern. I still need the right fabric though, I ended up muslining as a top due to fabric usage and I love it that way, too. It doesn’t actually use so much fabric but a lot for such a simple dress–pretty much has to be a length of fabric for each side of the dress as nothing is wide enough to accommodate two even staggered. I also basically winged it on the instructions the bottom tab joint is the only place that requires extra thought. Only one bit of the French instructions seemed impenetrable. In step 6, “réalisez une piqûre morte…” I’m sure this is under-stitching but I wish I had some little reference for French sewing phrases which don’t have literal translations. Yours is very inspiring, I must resume my hunt for the right fabric.

  • Jen Langdonwrote:

    I love this so much! Just lovely!
    I just finished a Nani Iro sack dress myself, using the oliver + s cappuccino dress pattern and Pierre Poncho double gauze. Now I wish all my clothes were this comfortable!

  • Chantalwrote:

    I’m not normally a sack dress lover, but yours is stunning! Perfect pairing of pattern and fabric. I think I need to get some Nani Iro! Also, your new blog is gorgeous!

  • emily mariewrote:

    So glad to see you back! The new site is wonderful.
    I am most definitely a sack dress lover! They’re so easy to make and wear. The pattern/fabric matching here is really, really perfect too. I was quite sure I’d never like that dress pattern (just being real) but the Nani Iro is just too beautiful and the dress’ design the perfect canvas!

  • crystalpleatswrote:

    So glad you’re back, I’ve missed your beautiful garments. I love this one, as well. I am a lover of sack dresses although I prefer “shift”. I think they look best on slim ladies, though, or if on a heavier figure definitely someone with some nice legs and a short enough length. Lovely new website you have here.

  • Colettewrote:

    luscious fabric, really suits you ;o)

  • Chie - Vivat Veritaswrote:

    so so cute! love the peek-a-boo holes on sleeves. you look great!

  • Measure Twice Cut Oncewrote:

    I’ve been wanting this fabric since I first saw it and now that I have seen your gorgeous dress I want the fabric even more!

    So beautiful and looks so lightweight and airy in the wonderful sackiness of your dress. Just gorgeous.

  • Gaye Proctorwrote:

    That is truly stunning. Fabulous pattern matched with truly gorgeous fabric.

  • Sandeshwrote:

    Love the dress Love your new website, Welcome back

  • Lisawrote:

    Welcome back lady! That dress is (unsurprisingly) awesome and damn you for introducing me to another source of spectacular fabric. Like I need more…

  • célinewrote:

    j’adore cette robe, c’est super beau ! j’aime surtout les manches aha 🙂
    j’ la verrai super bien avec un tissus que j’ai repéré ici => http://www.rubaneo.com/tissus/motifs/retro/tissu-kokka-femme-imprimee-sur-couleurs

  • Gingerwrote:

    Wow! This is stunning! It’s taken every last ounce of willpower I have not to buy every single one of the new RDC patterns (I managed to purchase just one, but it wasn’t easy to decide!) and now you Nani Iro girls are seriously tempting me! This is such a gorgeous dress. I bet everywhere you go in it, people will stop you and try to snatch it off your back!

  • Rosiwrote:

    I don’t mind a sack dress if it’s in drapery fabric, like your gorgeous version. I was not aware of Miss Matabi’s store and, um, could be very dangerous!

  • ebonyhwrote:

    Oh man! Thank you so much for turning my strong desire to buy all the things from RDC into a major obsession.

    Also, this dress! That fabric! I am definitely a sack dress supporter. Seriously, I can’t stop gawking at the amazingness of that fabric & how well it’s working with this pattern.

  • liza janewrote:

    Beautiful! That fabric really is a work of art. And you chose the perfect pattern to showcase. I am really digging sack dresses and volume here lately. But I’ve yet to figure out the right way to wear it. You look fantastic!! I’m taking note!

  • Merchewrote:

    You might call this a sack dress, but it is far too classy and pretty to have any resemblance to a sack. The print and the details on the sleeves really make this dress!

  • Alexwrote:

    I so do embrace Le Sack! The more of these in my wardrobe the better. They are the perfect showcase for showstopper fabrics likes this one. No fussy seams or details to distract. This is all kinds of fabulous!

  • Miss Crayola Creepywrote:

    I have to state the obvious: you have such cool style!!! You rock this look! And the blog looks great too 🙂

  • Madywrote:

    I absolutely love this! The fabric is so beautiful! I fell in love with this dress the moment I saw it on RDC, but unfortunately my knowledge of French is non- existent and since I don’t have such a big experience in sewing I don’t know if I’ll be able to make this happen! But your version makes me want to try so bad! Congrats on launching the new blog as well! It looks amazing!

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  • Rebeccawrote:

    I love this dress! The fabric is amazing- I’ve been eyeing the blue grey version of this. Beautiful!

  • Juliette Lanverswrote:

    I completely embrace “le sac” heeehee.
    Just found your blog and man it is GOOD!

  • Kellywrote:

    You just can’t go wrong with that fabric, not that you did, the dress looks great! But, oh, the fabric! Your new site looks great too 🙂

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  • ellebougieswrote:

    This is utterly beautiful.

  • Olga Beckerwrote:

    Love this! So beautiful. Usually I don’t like sacks, but you look gorgeous!

  • Janicewrote:

    This looks awesome! I’ve recently discovered sack dresses (too) and they’re very comfortable.

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