Remember the Japanese tunic patterns from the Nani Iro website? I finally decided to make this tunic over the weekend. Japanese patterns are supposed to run small, right? Well, this one did not. Instead I’ve created what seems to be a “Muumuu”.
In case you don’t know, a muumuu is a dress of Hawaiian origin that hangs from the shoulder, usually featuring large printed flowers. It is also a hiding place for midriff bulge and high BMIs and exceedingly common in a country where everything is super-sized. It looks like a dress my 98 year old Oma used to wear around… yes, you guessed it… the house. And ONLY around the house. Here, they are also called dusters. Why someone would want to wear something called a duster is beyond me, even if it features a Peter Pan Collar.
Now I have my own little muumuu (sans flowers) hanging downstairs and it needs help. Lots and lots of help, like pleats and belts and the like. Right now I’d only wear it to be wheeled into an operating room, and hopefully there’s no need for that in the near future. The problem is once that thought popped into my head, it’s now sitting there and impossible to get rid off. Look again at that top image…
I should have known better. Japanese tunics are not for me and here’s the reason: place a shapeless garment on my 5.2″ frame and I immediately look like a hobbit. I envy women who can wear tunics over jeans and look good. I’m not one of them.
Maybe if I modified the pattern and use some black linen (how creative!), it’ll look better. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fabric (it’s actually striped in pale green and blue) and was so enamored with the project that I re-did a sleeve three times until I could let go. It’s not the fabric, it’s just that the whole look is not for me. But, or course, I had to try.
I think double layer jersey suits me better. Alabama Chanin posted this interesting dress made with a pattern by Vena Cava available at Voguepatterns. I’m not sure about the ruched part in front, but love that the dress has pockets and little cap sleeves. It’s a great idea to sew more formal dresses and jackets using embellished jersey. This way, the garment fits properly, is comfortable and there’s plenty of stretch.