There are 3 websites that I frequent regularly to find cute Japanese fabric. The first is Super Buzzy, the second is Fabric Tales, and the third Emi Craft in Japan on Etsy. They all have a very good selection of prints that span from cute animals, to sweets, to fairy tales. And all these shops carry fabric prints that you will not find in your local JoAnn Fabrics collection.
Last month I came across a fabric called Rabbit Tea Party in a black and gray colorway on Emi Craft. A few clicks, quick checkout with PayPal, and before long it arrived in the post. It has since stayed tucked away in queue behind several other projects being finished up. [While I love that inspiration strikes and projects amass, I should know by now that it is so much better if I focus on one thing at a time. Anyway…]
The challenge with this fabric will be how best to maximize it. It is a precious 2 yards. I am not sure if it is possible, but ideally I want to make a one piece dress. Now for the inspiration – a favorite Japanese brand, that I would gobble up if it wasn’t for their oh so petite Asian sizing, Emily Temple Cute.
After browsing Marui One’s online catalog of ETC dresses, came across not only the dress styling I want to mirror but a somewhat similar fabric as well. Stripes and macaroons clearly go well together.
Since I have so little wiggle room for mistakes due to the amount of fabric, this project is going to take some time. First step will be to find a few patterns that will get the closest shape, then onto a muslin draft, adjust the pattern, and then go for it.
But first things first… got to make it through the work week.