Flowers and Ruffles

Uming and ahing!

In my last post I mentioned how I’d discovered Japanese sewing books. After much deliberation I chose to make a top from this book:

Simple Modern Sewing, a Japanese sewing book, by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha I chose the ruffled sleeveless blouse (pattern 7a). In the book it is shown in a crisp black linen.

Sleeveless Blouse with Ruffles from Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha

Pattern pieces

The first thing you have to do with all these Japanese sewing books is to unfold the pattern page (in an envelope at the back) and trace the pieces required for your desired design in your size. I just needed a front and back. I traced them onto pattern paper, then cut them out in calico and made a toile. This fitted well, so I cut out the front, back, bias binding and ruffles from my fabric. The fabric is Asian Circles by Kaffe Fasset. It’s a cheerful design!


The instructions are quite straightforward, although I made a couple of alterations. Firstly I stay-stitched the neck and armholes (not mentioned in any of these books) to stop these edges from stretching. Secondly I sewed the side seams and shoulder seams before finishing with bias binding because I think this is neater than including bias binding in a seam.

The flowery top is started.


Finally those ruffles – they turn a plain top into something a bit special. There are two ruffles. I used a plain cotton fabric for the wider ruffle and the flowery material for the narrower one. They are cut on the bias (45 degrees to the selvedge). I did have a few problems with the ruffles. It was difficult to gather the ruffles where there were joining seams. May be the plain fabric was a bit too thick.

Detail of ruffles on flowery top

Ta dah!

So here we are, the finished flowery top with ruffles!

Flowery sleeveless top with ruffles made from Asian Circles fabric using pattern from Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha

You can see I photographed it on a wonderfully sunny day. And I wore it to Quilts UK, exactly one year on from when I bought the fabric!

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2 Responses to Flowers and Ruffles

  1. margueritedesigns 13 June 2014 at 19:42 #

    Very nice! Love your choice of Japanese fabric.

    • Being Knitterly 16 June 2014 at 18:27 #

      It’s actually a Kaffe Fassett design, called ‘Asian Circles’, so it may have been inspired by Japan!

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