nani iro madness

When I married my husband, I didn’t know that I was going to be such a sucker for Japanese fabric. I’m sure he wouldn’t have been able to foresee that I was going to spend our family budget on fabric and sewing accessories every time we return to Japan to visit his family. But here I am, 8 years into our relationship and on my 10th visit to Japan, I finally went mad and mail-ordered 23 meters of Nani Iro!

Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING, can beat the sheer bliss of rummaging through these gorgeous fabric. I literally spent a good few hours touching them. On the floor. Folding and unfolding. And giggling. Lots of giggling. My Mother-in-law probably thought I was insane.


Buttons were given to me by my Mother-in-law. Turns out she has been collecting the buttons from her old clothes. I really love her idea of reusing whatever could still be used. Her clothing might have turned into rags, but buttons will forever retain its shape and functions, as long as they aren’t broken. The ones I took were made out of seashells.


Christmas is coming and I am hoping to make at least three dresses using these fabric. Most probably using the pattern I also bought at Nani Iro website.

Really blew my budget on these beauties

And a trip to my husband’s hometown is never complete without a visit to Swany, the local fabric store in Kamakura.

Feast on these!!!

It’s a good thing we’re always flying coach, so I could restrain myself from buying more.

You know, I’ve been sewing for two years and I’ve never used a serger. I thought about this for a long time yesterday, and came up to the conclusion that if I couldn’t be bothered to give my Nani Iro pieces a nice edge, then I am not worthy of using the fabric. The fabric I bought are mostly double gauze, and their edges fray easily. So today I went and bought myself a Brother M2104D!

Here it is in my sewing room!

My first ever overlocker 🙂 I didn’t have time today to buy the threads today, but that’s what I’m going to do first thing in the morning after the shop opens. I guess I will be spending my Saturday getting acquainted with Mr. Brother.

As a serger virgin, I would love to know if anyone has any suggestions. Does anyone have any advice on what type of stitch I should be using on double gauze fabric? Any specific setting?

Really can’t wait until I master this! I want to be worthy of my fabric. WHEEE!!!!!


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