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Tamoto dress for Midsummer

Midsummer’s Eve is something we Swedes take very serious. If I were to rank the most important holidays, I would say Midsummer and Christmas share first place. Christmas is something you spend together with your family and Midsummer is celebrated together with friends. Food is very important and the funny thing is that we eat almost the same food on both occasions. Pickled herring is an absolute must have! The herring should be served together with eggs, sour cream, chives and of course, early potatoes. Drinks are equally important and everyone sings drinking songs and drinks snaps (the only exceptions are designated drivers and pregnant women).

Since this is such an important holiday, I always try to buy or make a nice outfit to wear. This year I was seriously running low on time but I decided to give it a go anyway. The pattern for the Tamoto dress is super easy and it’s very simple to assemble. The skirt and the lining fabric was a bit slippery so I probably spend half the time just cutting out the pieces. I was afraid that serging the raw edges of the lining would distort the fabric and that it wouldn’t fit together with the fashion fabric. Then I remembered the interesting “iron-on fabric stabilizer” I had bought at Okadaya in Shinjuku, Tokyo last year but never got around to using.magic_sewing_tapeAll the instructions are in Japanese, which could be somewhat of a hassle, but the pictures are pretty self-explanatory. Just put the tape with the glue facing down towards the fabric and apply heat. It only takes ~10sec for it to stick. I used the same technique for stabilizing the neckline of my wedding dress but at that time I had to cut all the stripes myself. Having a pre-cut 15mm wide tape is just perfect! Not only does it prevent the raw edges from fraying, it also keeps the seams in place. Noone wants a neckline that stretches out of shape! When attaching it to a curved neckline like in the picture below, the trick is to make small cuts on one side.

I was planning on making a simple hem for the skirt but since I was short on time, I just serged it and sewed on some black lace trim I found in my stash. Perhaps not as stylish as I would’ve wanted it but maybe it could pass as “cute” instead.

Last but not least, a picture taken from the pier right below the house where we had this year’s Midsummer celebration.

 


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Tamoto dress

I promised you some pictures of me wearing the finished Tamoto dress and I reckon it’s about time I got around to doing that. Now that I’ve worn it a couple of times, what do I think of it? Well, I think I’ve fallen even deeper in love with it. It’s just plain awesome.

Me in the Tamoto dress. In the background you see the bedspread project

Me in the Tamoto dress. In the background you see the bedspread project

Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes it and I was asked for the pattern (Yay! *happy dance*). When I get back from my ski travel I will definitely look in to making a pdf pattern for the dress. Only trouble is that I need to learn how to grade my pattern. I’m also a bit unsure about how to make a pdf with a full size pattern. Making one with a down sized pattern that fits on one page is super easy but making it bigger could potentially give me some grief. If you’ve got any tips/tricks/ideas on the subject, please leave a comment!


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Tamoto Dress – finished!

I finally got around to finishing the Tamoto dress and I’m totally in love with it! It’s so comfy I don’t ever want to take it off. The best thing about it could be the elastic waistband. You get to look gorgeous and at the same time don’t have to worry about eating too much of that delightful dinner, all because the waistline just expands. How awesome is that?

The back side of the dress

The back side of the dress

I’m sorry there’s no pictures of me wearing the dress this time but that’s because I had eye surgery this week (not the eye itself but the soft tissue on the lower eyelid). I’m pretty alright by now. The bleeding has stopped and it doesn’t hurt as much but my eye still needs a lot of rest and I can’t wear any make-up. Right after the surgery I looked like a drunken pirate, with eye patch and all, still a bit groggy from the drugs they gave me :D Anyway, you’ll need to wait a bit longer for some better picture. I just can’t help feeling a bit vain :)


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Tamoto dress

During the weekend I finally decided on what my next project was going to be, and it’s a dress! I will use two different fabrics for the skirt and the upper bodice to create a bit of contrast. An elastic waistband will be added to give the wearer an accentuated waist, while still keeping the dress comfortable. The length of the skirt should be somewhere over the knee. The upper bodice is made with kimono sleeves and a rather high neckline. For this first version of the dress, I’ve decided to use two soft knits (The one with the flowers is actually another case of buying-fabric-I-have-yet-to-find-a-project-for).

What are kimono sleeves you ask? Well, it’s a sleeve cut in one piece together with the bodice. Don’t confuse it with the traditional Japanese kimono sleeve which is cut as a part of its own.

So far, I’ve finished the bodice and to be honest, I wouldn’t mind just wearing that as a top to the beach in the summer. Darn, I gotta get rid of all the extra kilos I put on during Christmas!

I’m pretty excited about this dress, in my mind it will be amazing and an amazing dress needs a name, right? I wanted to find something that had to do with the lovely kimono sleeve and I consulted Wikipedia for some help. Apparently, the Japanese word for the sleeve (a proper kimono sleeve) is “sode” but that was completely out of the question after my hubby told me to check urban dictionary… Instead, the choice fell on Tamoto. “The Tamoto dress”, easily mixed up with the vegetable but still a nice name for a nice dress.