Like many of the other ladies this week, when Sanae invited me to join her Sewing Happiness (World) Book Tour, I was thrilled beyond belief. Sanae has been a sewing/creative hero of mine for the longest time.
One of my favorite things is how the book is divided into seasons, as this felt very "Japanese" to me. Those readers familiar with the Kokin Wakashu, a collection of Japanese poems, might know what I mean. ;)
For this tour, I wanted to try something new to me, since I almost exclusively sew clothes. I fell in love with Rachel's beautiful Floral Crown (and now on this tour, Shelley has made a pretty one too!!), and wanted to make one with my girls. Then I got sidetracked by the Cross-Back Apron, which I could have used when I went to a cooking class with my daughter (oh wait, it wasn't an actual cooking class, was it, haha). But then I remembered that my long-suffering husband had asked for the Dopp Kit from the Winter chapter waaaaaay back when I first received the book.
The projects are so beautiful in their simplicity and not at all intimidating (which is not to say I didn't get nervous sewing out of my comfort zone). So what is a person to do when she's not comfortable making bags? Well, make a "muslin" of course! I really didn't want to make a mess of things, which *cough* has been known to happen. And I can't explain why I felt compelled to use my cool Carolyn Friedlander fabric that I got from Imagine Gnats for the practice run, except that I was feeling reckless. (She still has some in the shop here, if you're interested.) It probably wasn't the best fabric choice for this project, but I like how it looks anyway and so does my husband, phew!
Then it was time for the real thing. I managed to find a zipper that didn't need cutting, yay! And I used what was left of my precious spacer knit fabric (I made a Charleston dress from Hey June with it) to make a "real" version of the Dopp Kit. My husband rejected this one as "too girlie", so yay, I get to keep it. Which may or may not have been my original intention, mwah ha ha ha. Don't worry; I have some cool denim fabric for his version that I will make next.
And just because I couldn't resist, I made the infinity scarf from the Spring chapter for myself. And who doesn't love a bit of nani IRO for a selfish sew?
The scarf isn't technically clothing, so I felt it qualified as being within the realm of my self-imposed restrictions. (Confession: I tried making the tooth fairy pillow, too, but botched up the butterfly so it didn't make it into this post.)
And because I managed to convince my daughter to photograph me wearing the scarf ("I'll do it, Mommy, but we have to do it right now because once we go inside the house, I don't like to have to come outside again"), you get to see me in my scarf-tying glory.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I wish I could put into words how much I love it. Among many things, I found it....healing. <3
The ever-generous Sanae has arranged it so that you can win a signed copy of this wonderful book. And if that weren't enough, you also have a chance to win a 45 Euro gift card from 1000 Stoff. I know. Amazing, right?
All you need to do is leave a comment telling me who you love to sew for and why (for example, "Me! Because I never complain about dresses being unicornless or not twirly enough"). You get the idea. I'll pick a random winner by the end of the tour - so PLEASE be sure to leave me a way to contact you!
****UPDATE: Contest has ended. Winner will be contacted by email*****
If you haven't already seen all the goodness by these fabulous women, I encourage you to go visit their blogs. I guarantee you will love everything you see!
Thank you so much, Sanae!