I hope you won’t judge me when I tell you that every day since I got back from Japan, I rushed to the letterbox as soon as I got home. You see, I was waiting for a very important note telling me that a certain parcel was awaiting my collection down at the post office! Yes, the very one I’ve been teasing you about, with giveaway promise and all. So you know where this post is going then, woot!! But before we get to the giveaway goodies, you must endure a little photo essay of my lovely purchases :p I’ll keep it short- I’m pretty weary after a trying week at work and my energy has been completely sapped. This will be just the pick-me-up I need… a little reminiscing :)
From Toraya Fabric Shop, Osaka
What exactly do you call this type of knit fabric? I have no idea, but I can see it working perfectly for a raglan sleeved hoodie.
Tokyu Hands, Shinjuku, Tokyo
These pieces of leather, although quite small, were too good to walk past. I’ve been dying to try my hand at a bit of leather sewing, and I designed a new bag pattern late last year for this very purpose- the perfect beginner project while I’m sporting my leather training wheels :) All leather that I’ve seen for sale in Australia is ridiculously expensive and these pieces were only AUD$10~15 each.
From Nippori Fabric Street, Tokyo
I must admit to being amazingly disappointed with Nippori. I felt it was really just a collection of pretty average shops and was overall very uninspiring. I couldn’t believe that after being so amped to get there, all I walked away with was this:
At the time I felt that I bought it because I thought I had to at least buy something, you know? Now that I’m looking at it again I’m really excited to have another go with Hazel- I think it will be perfect, and given that we have heaps more hot weather forecast, I should be able to sneak in a few wears before the weather gets too cool.
This next part is where I give a MASSIVE shout out to Gillian for all her insider information, re: all things Tokyo fabric shopping. After the disheartening experience that was Nippori, I was just about beside myself when I made it to Cottonfield and Yuzawaya, both in Kichijoji (a beautiful suburb in its own right, perfect for meandering the back streets and discovering all sorts of gems).
I cleaned up at Cottonfield:
I couldn’t tell you how long I’ve been coveting Nani Iro. Well, covet no more because I walked away with Little Letter:
I think you would call this brushed cotton. It’s not quite as soft and fluffy as flannel, but I can see it working beautifully for a cool-weather shift dress.
and Pon Pocho double gauze:
This was the last piece on the bolt so it’s not huge and I have no idea how I might use it, but you know, I needed it.
Another lovely double gauze (not Nani Iro) with beautiful mottled stripes. I bought enough for a dress of some description, but exactly what, I’m not quite sure at this stage.
Is there such a thing as brushed cotton jacquard? If so, this it it! Another short end of bolt piece that is hopefully big enough to some make some pjs or something.
OK, woah. Look out wallet. I can’t remember how many hours I spent in here, but I think I was quite restrained to have only walked out with the following!!….
The most beautiful soft, stretch red denim. This is the sort of thing I can see turning up in a million projects…. so versitile.
Some more denim, equally useful :)
And two more pieces, but I think we’ll save those for the end of the post :p
Nomura Tailor, Kyoto.
Next to Nippori, Nomura Tailor was one of the places I was looking forward to the most on the whole trip. You’ll be glad to know (I’m sure) that this time I was not disappointed! Hurrah! Again, I spent so long here, just touching and looking and generally soaking up all things Japanese fabric :) Bliss! You know, it’s a good thing I don’t live in Kyoto because this place would do serious and ongoing damage to my already low bank account!!
This is a medium weight cotton, blended with linen (I think). I’m not big into gathered waist skirts, but I thought this could look cute with some chunky pleats instead.
This is probably my favourite find of the trip. It’s a viscose/poyurethane/lyocell knit. The drape is absolutely incredible, and I think I’d like to use it for a simple top, much like the Wiksten Tank in shape.
This one was on the remnant table so I’m not sure of the composition. I’d love to make some sort of snuggly wintery dress from it.
And that’s it! I know there’s nothing particularly fancy here, but I was determined that if I was going to cart/post this fabric half way across the world, that it had damned well better be stuff that was going to get used. I’m very satisfied with the outcome anyway!!
So if you’ve made it this far, here’s your reward! As a big thanks to all of you who have stuck with me on this here blog, this is for you (well, one of you, anyway)
The first piece is 140cm x 108cm of this awesome ‘Stylish Aloha’! I think it’s a cotton linen blend (I forgot to take a photo of the tag) which is medium weight with a very slight slub. I think it would look great made up in a simple silhouette skirt, something like Simplicity 2451.
Secondly is 150cm x 110cm of Liberty 100% cotton knit. These photos really don’t do the fabric justice- I ran out of light- but the print is quite vibrant but muted (that’s probably a total oxymoron, but hey, it makes sense to me, and I’m tired so work with me here), and the fabric itself is cream, verging on very pale yellow. Lovely!
There will be a handful of other bits and bobs, but I love surprises, so a surprise is what they will be!
For those of you have any interest is claiming these goodies as your own, all you have to do is say g’day in the comments. Also, if your disqus account doesn’t link to your blog (if you have one of course) be sure to leave me your address so I can come be nosey! There’s not many rennous-oh-glennus readers out there, so if these gems strike your fancy, you’re in with probably your best odds of winning, EVER!
I guess I should also add the fine print down here too? The giveaway is open to Australian and international fabric hoarders alike. Just leave a comment before 12am AEDT on Friday 15th March. You’ve got Google, right? Great! So you can check times as well as the centimetre to inch conversion! May the most wanting hoarder win!!!
Oh sorry, one more thing! If anyone is interested in a few Japan happy snaps, I’ve put up a few phone pics on my flickr account. :)