Deep breath…clear throat…start
OK, I am taking a plunge at the Japanese sewing pattern. It may or may not work, but I’ll start with the easiest pattern. I am inspired by Charlotte’s tunic. Her outcome looks so much better than what’s in the book, which is this
The book is ISBN 978-4-579-11149-7. I bought it at Kinokuniya in San Jose
Armed with sewtionary (is there such word?) from Japan Couture Addict, moving hand, My Little Mochi’s, Batty Chan as well as the awesome guide by Label Free, I embark on an this exciting ride. My super minimal literacy in Chinese may help with the process; some words in Japanese are exactly the same as Chinese words, for example front, back, up, down, cut, shoulder etc.
First thing first, I xerox the instruction since I will be putting a tons of notes. Then, I look through the instruction and diagram to look for clues. It is like putting puzzle pieces together. I immediately jotted down the translation of words/terms that I am not familiar with.
For the most part, this pattern is easily deciphered because it does not have that many pieces (only front, back, sleeves, bias tape). The diagram definitely helps. Next come tracing and cutting but I do have to add my own seam allowance, typically 1 cm unless otherwise stated. I cut corner a bit by cutting size 11, my measurement really is size 9 hoping that size 11 = size 9 + seam allowance.
See that ugly red fabric, I am making a muslin with it. It’s a bed sheet from a garage sale
Phew, so far so good.
BTW, I am taking an Olympic break while working on this and watch the Faces of Americas on PBS instead. It is a documentary hosted by Henry Gates Jr, a Harvard professor, about celebrities looking for their ancestral roots. It features Meryl Streep, Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report, Eva Longoria and Yo Yo Ma.
I love love it especially because Yo Yo Ma’s story is quite similar to mine. His extended family in China still keeps volumes of genealogy books, which is like a family tree but they also list the names that future generation can use, all the way to 30 generations from his. My dad still keeps our family genealogy book and it does list the name of all males in the family past, present and future, including my dad’s and brother’s. I don’t recall if my name is there, I vaguely remember that it does not feature the women’s. Darn the patriachal society ! The book is so old that my dad worries about our clumsy hands ripping it apart.