There's something about Japanese aesthetics that I find so compelling. Maybe it's an elegance in the simplicity of the lines--nothing overtly sexy, but then something so sweet and subtle that it's just that much sexier. Understated. Granted, I have been asked a few times now if I'm pregnant when wearing my Japanese-inspired dresses. But that could just be the quilting cotton that I've been using. And that's going to change (see my last post).
So, I'm going to show what I've been creating just prior to starting this blog. My first endeavor came from Yoshiko Tsukiori's Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses, and Tops.
My second attempt from this book was 'A'.
the Ikea Expedit cushion. It turned out a bit poofy--likely due to quilting cotton--so I added a few tucks at the front and back bottom hem.
And, finally, from this book, 'N'. Yoshiko's. . .
I found both of Yoshiko's books easy to work from. Just get some tracing paper and a really good light; the hardest part is deciphering one pattern from another. Beyond that, the directions are relatively simple. Sizes are accurate.