Help and get helped: Sanae Ishida

Today I pass the parole to Sanae Ishida, one of my favourite blogging colleagues. If you like to be inspired by Japanese sewing books, Sanae’s blog is the right place to go. Thanks for helping me on keeping my blog alive while I’m in Romania.
Hello Campagnie M readers! I’m delighted to be guest posting for Marte while she is in Romania – her posts about her adventures have been amazing, no? Marte gave me free reign to create and talk about anything I wanted so after some thought, I landed on the topic of starting my daughter’s Fall wardrobe. For those of you not familiar with my blog, I post weekly outfits that I create for my almost 7-year-old, K. Looking back on all my outfit posts, I realized that K is completely set for summer clothes and so I turned my attention to cooler weather wear., Enter an uber stylish animal print coat. I’ve been wanting to make this coat for a long time. I found this leopard print linen at a Hancock’s located about thirty miles from my house last summer. I don’t normally gravitate toward animal print, but this was linen! I couldn’t resist.
The pattern is from one of my favorite Japanese sewing books, and it’s actually for knits, but I didn’t see any reason not to make it in a woven. I went up one size (130cm) just in case, and the fit is great. I’ve actually made this coat before in the recommended knit, and it’s one of the most worn garment I’ve made for K.
The pattern doesn’t come with a full-lining, which is my one pet peeve about Japanese patterns. I went ahead and fully-lined it with a beige batiste, and because the fit is still a touch roomy, I think this will last a long time. K loves it. I think it speaks to her glamorous side.
I hope you will check out my blog to see what inspired this coat. It’s an illustration by one of my faves. Thanks for having me, Marte!

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