When I was a young girl I had a fascination with Japan.
I had attended a course in porcelain painting, and my teacher was a wonderful and very inspirational Japanese woman. Often during the course we would ask her to tell us something about her background, and then we would be painting while she told us stories about Japan. She hooked me up with a girl my own age in Japan, and we were pen pals for several years. Unfortunately we lost contact many years ago, but the relation made an impression, and I moved on to studying the country on my own, and among other things using my fascination in school assignments. I never went to Japan, so that was it. Until.
Well over a week ago I received a package from Amy – I bought a Japanese book and magazine from her, that she wasn’t going to use, and I am soooo happy I did! I have been hearing about Japanese pattern books, since I first started sewing and reading sewing blogs, but I have never actually bought one. Therefore, seeing the lovely things on Amy’s blog gave me the push I needed.
Everything about them is beautiful – the patterns, the design, the lighting, and really just the Japanese style in general. Even the instructions have that undefinable something about them – just take a look.
I’m sure it’ll take me a while to work up the nerve for this – however, when I do, I’ll probably be making dresses like these for the girls and myself. I think they’re stunning – just love the simplicity!
When I take it on, I’ll be looking to Jennifer on Moving Hands.
She has an overview of Japanese Sewing and Pattern Terms that’ll definitely come in handy, and besides I love her blog and the things she make. The materials she works with are just gorgeous! Apparently her overview of Japanese Sewing Terms disappeared, but check this one out instead.
So that’s my history with Japan – so far. I’ll let you know when the tale continues!