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nani IRO fabric shrinkage test – single gauze, double gauze, linen, rexcell

March 6, 2019

One of the biggest questions when we embark on a sewing project – to wash or not to wash? Most people say you should. That’s the proper way to do it. But sometimes you just can’t wait to get started, and sending it off to get washed will disrupt your sew-jo. I get that 😛

My rules are – if it is meant to be worn, and the garment is fitted, or has a lining of a different material, please pre-wash according to the instructions. Don’t waste your effort – tracing, cutting carefully, taking care with every stitch, only to find that after washing it no longer fits because you skipped this important step. Continue Reading

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Japanese Fabrics – nani IRO 2019 new designs

March 2, 2019

The month of March is usually an exciting one with lots of new book and fabric launches. This year, my favorite local seller of Japanese fabrics managed to get a really fast shipment of nani IRO fabric, merely days after the official launch of the collection in Japan itself. Thank goodness because there are so many new and interesting designs this year, as well as new substrates that I was so curious about, and couldn’t wait to see it!

Just like the previous years, I will have to split up the collection into different posts. Today’s post will cover the all new designs for this year’s collection. In subsequent posts I will be covering – a shrink test for a couple of new substrates, as well as my makes and new fabrics in the basic and colors range. Continue Reading

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Win a bolt of nani IRO 2019

February 25, 2019

For the second year running, Japanese Sewing Books is holding the #winaboltofnaniiro competition in conjunction with Nekoneko Fabric ( If you have been following us on Instagram, you would have seen the poll we conducted a few days ago asking you to choose your favorite designs out of this years new designs. And this was by far the clear winner!


This collection is called Saison which is the French word for Seasons and this is what Naomi Ito says about the design (source : Continue Reading

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Keshiki by Yumi Yoshimoto

February 12, 2019

The first quarter of the year is usually full of excitement in the world of Japanese fabrics because there are lots of new launches that we’ve all been eagerly waiting for! First up on my list – Keshiki by Yumi Yoshimoto. This is the second time I’m reviewing her fabric (see last year’s IG post of my Keshiki Qipao) and I really love her designs because they are like abstract works of art. The larger scale patterns can be used in so many different ways that every single dress  you make will look so cool and unique.

I’ve been seeing sneak peeks of her new collection on her IG feed @keshiki_designby_yumiyoshimoto since last November, but the fabric only shipped out in January and so I finally got my hands on some!

Will be showing some pictures of the full collection, all fabric photos are provided by my fabric sponsor – so you know where to go if you need any Japanese fabric 🙂


The full collection. You can see Yumi Yoshimoto’s signature sketching style. Which is what makes her fabric such wearable pieces of art. She seems to be preferential to shades of blue and green and grey, which makes it right up my alley! Continue Reading