Now that you have seen the Ash top that I made using that lovely grey nani IRO Pocho fabric, I would like to share with you the second item I made using fabric from the new collection. Just a warning: picture overload!
I used the deep blue Komorebi ("sunshine filtering through foliage" in the "shade dice" color). This is what Naomi Ito has to say about it:
"Komorebi - the sunshine that shines through the leaves - is like rainbow-color wind, or a fragrant breeze. It brings forth nice feelings which reminds us of those days we all surely miss. Lights dance, and flowers start to sing with delight. This textile brings out such a calm and quiet happiness " - Naomi Ito (translation via Miss Matatabi's Etsy shop)
As soon as I read those words and saw the fabric, I knew it had to become a dress. A fun, swingy dress with pretty sleeves that would be good for twirling. Enter the Tip Top, Tunic & Dress pattern. If you missed it, I made about 5 of these dresses during testing because it is THAT addictive. Seriously, I could not stop myself. It was kind of embarrassing. But wow, I love this pattern.
My daughter measures a size 4 in the chest for this pattern, but one very important thing I neglected to do was to lengthen the dress to size 5 according to the size chart. Oops. I think it still works, though, and the fit is such that I think she will still be able to wear it for a long time as a tunic and also as a top. I could possibly add some lace to the bottom, maybe, as I did with the grey circle skirt I made, but I really like the simplicity of this dress. It showcases the fabric nicely.
I love the flowers on this print. They really do make you feel like the light is dancing and the flowers are singing with delight.
I debated for a long time whether to go with the pleats for the neckline because I love that look so much, but as you can see, I opted for the gathered neckline in the end. My daughter has been complaining a bit of late about closures bothering her skin, so I thought simplest is best in this case. The problem is that the elastic I used was different from the one I am used to, and looking at the pictures, I think it's too stretchy. Hopefully the gorgeous fabric will distract you!