If you have been following my blog over the past few years, then the online store Modes4U.com should not be an unfamiliar name to you! For those of you who have yet to discover them, they are an online shop based in Hong Kong selling all kinds of cute stuff, ranging from stationery, accessories, squishies, even stuffed animals, bento boxes and Japanese fabrics!
Most of their cute and kawaii stuff come from Japan, and when they wrote to me again asking for me to do a write up I was delighted! My boy is a big fan of trains especially the Japanese trains. I browsed the Fabric for Boys section and very quickly fell in love with this colorful sketches of trains fabric by Cosmo from Japan.
I’ve been busy sewing up the new nani IRO 2019 collection! Just couldn’t keep my hands off it after it arrived. I actually made 3 tops already and planning for another dress and jacket. Here are some pictures!
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.
The month of March is usually an exciting one with lots of new book and fabric launches, in particular, the new nani IRO collection! 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.
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!
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!