DRAFTING + DESIGN
Drafting Japanese Sewing Patterns
I always thought that making buttonholes with a sewing machine was hard but I was happy to find out that I was wrong. Follow this easy tutorial and you'll be making buttonholes in no time! I'd recommend trying several buttonholes on some scrap fabric before you do it on anything you want to keep. --Molly
One of my favorite Japanese fabrics is Nani Iro by Naomi Ito. I first discovered it on a trip to Japan last May. Imagine my thrill when I first started working at Purl and discovered that we carried it too! I have been (im)patiently waiting for the past few months for her new line to come out, and I wasn’t disappointed. On top of a beautiful collection of fabrics, Naomi Ito has put out a book, Nani Iro Pattern Book, with patterns using her fabric. Nani Iro is a double faced gauze fabric, which lends itself nicely to loose, flowing pieces versus highly tailored clothing. None of the patterns have zippers, and only a few have button or hook enclosures.
Drafting a pattern from a book in a foreign language can be intimidating! But, don’t worry, Japanese sewing and craft books are very straightforward once you get started. I rarely read the instructions and follow the pictures when sewing.
Hand quilting is the method of sewing together the three layers of a quilt (the backing, the batting, and the top) in patterns of hand sewn stitches. It’s certainly not fast, but it is stunningly beautiful. This tutorial only covers the hand quilting stitch itself. Before you get started you will need to thread baste your quilt top, batting and backing together.