I finally managed to finish a dress for myself using some of the Japanese fabric I had in my stash.
I used Simplicity 4072 for the pattern, using the top and sleeves from view B and the skirt from view D.
The main fabric is a cute little traditional style bunny print by Cosmo Textiles, Japan. I have used a random plain blue cotton (that I must have purchased somewhere in Japan) for the contrast pieces. The result is a little bit Japanese and a little bit Eurpean I think.
It sews together fairly easily and you do not have to worry overly much about fitting. The first time I made this dress I had a little bit of trouble with the V of the neckline and where the side seams under the sleeves join into the waistband due to some tricky angles but they were a lot easier on the second atempt.
It is an easy and comfortable dress to wear, even in the heat of summer and looks cute with stockings for cooler waether but you have very little chance of getting a jacket to fit comfortably over those sleeves if it gets really cold.
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