June 23, 2015

Nani Iro, Miss Matatabi, Hokusai and a giveaway!

Triple Japanese for the win! My latest make, as part of Miss Matatabi’s Nani Iro month, is another McCall’s 6506 shirtdress, made with the most delectable Nani Iro “mountain views” double gauze.

Nani Iro McCall's M6696, Miss Matatabi

If you haven’t yet discovered Nani Iro – or Miss Matatabi’s store for that matter – you should go and stalk them immediately. Nani Iro is the creation of Japanese watercolour painter Naomi Ito, and she has a wonderful range of high quality textiles, from linen to knits to double gauze which I’m using here. You can follow her on instagram here for beautiful behind the scenes photos and to see what inspires her dreamy designs. Double gauze is a unique fabric: it’s soft to the touch, sews and presses wonderfully, and is perfect for semi-structured garments.

Nani Iro McCall's M6506, Miss Matatabi

I met up with Frances, the owner of Miss Matatabi, when I was in Tokyo, and we went for coffee at a hipster cafe to chat about all things sewing and expat related. The icing on the cake was when she produced 4 yards of this gorgeous fabric for me!

I decided to replicate my previous M6506 (also made of double gauze, as it happens), and I just made a few adjustments to the pattern from last time – adding a little more to the armscye for bra coverage, adding belt loops, lengthening it by 2 inches (I entirely failed to notice it’s a Petite pattern the first time…), and using a sew-in interfacing in the collar.

Nani Iro McCall's M6506, Miss Matatabi

The pattern is a nice alternative to the infamous M6696: it’s a bit faster to put together, and the bodice fits me a little better (though it has already been FBA-ed from the D cup, I was hardly going to get out of that one). The pleats are also perfect in this double gauze – just a little bit poofy but not too much!

Nani Iro McCall's M6506, Miss Matatabi

And what do you know, it perfectly matches my graduation bag from my Mum. Thanks, Mum!

Nani Iro McCall's M6506, Miss Matatabi

Don’t be fooled: this is what I look like most of the time.

It only seemed fair to wear it on my outing to the new Hokusai exhibition at the MFA in Boston. The prints on show were spectacular, and of course I matched many of them in my Japanese blues (that’s the main point of art viewings, right?).

And this had to be done:

Nani Iro McCall's M6506, Miss Matatabi

So tell me, are you a fan of double gauze? What else do you recommend using it for? It’s definitely too soft for some projects, but it’s so irresistible  that I need more doublygauzy projects!


Here are the other stops on the Nani Iro month tour, and check out the awesome giveaway of over $400 of Nani Iro stuff!

Straightgrain   ∆   noodlehead   ∆   Ute

verykerryberry   ∆   Make It Perfect   ∆   Groovy Baby and Mama

A Little Goodness   ∆   SKIRT AS TOP   ∆   Cashmerette

Sew Little   ∆   imagine gnats   ∆   you & mie

SANAE ISHIDA   ∆   Miss Matatabi

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Disclosure: Nani Iro fabric provided for free by Miss Matatabi. Embarrassing fangirling of Nani Iro, entirely my own.


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92 Responses to Nani Iro, Miss Matatabi, Hokusai and a giveaway!

  1. Heather June 23, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    you are always such an inspiration! thanks for sharing & for the giveaway! 🙂

  2. Katie June 23, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    I love how much of a fun time you had in Japan! This is a gorgeous dress and I am a definite Nani Iro new fan!

  3. Chrystal McKay June 23, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    When I saw this on Instagram I couldn’t wait for the post!! Such a lovely dress! I’ve never used Nani Iro or double gauze before.

  4. Michelle T. June 23, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    Your dress is beautiful! It is very inspiring to find well fitting clothes made by someone with so much personal style. I saw and touched (fondled longingly) Nani Iro in New York at Purl Soho and it felt wonderful! I waited and my fave was gone forever. Miss Matatabi is a find.

    • Jenny Rushmore June 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

      Miss Matatabi is the total best! Shipping is really fast and reasonable as well.

  5. Sarah June 23, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    I LOVE Nani Iro fabric. Wearing a double gauze blouse right now!

  6. sewingaddict June 23, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    What a lovely dress! The fabric is perfect for the pattern. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  7. acookbookyear June 23, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Great pattern and fabric!

  8. @heather_kaye June 23, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    I have been skulking (here AND) on her store for months now – seeing the fabric sewn up has knocked me over the edge. Purchases being made this week!

  9. janene June 23, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Such a beautiful dress 🙂

  10. Frances : miss matatabi June 23, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    Jenny, you’re amazing! I love your dress and the colour was made for you! Thank you so much for taking part!

  11. Judi in Tinton Falls June 23, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    I’m not sure what double gauze feels like. Is it opaque? Does it wrinkle easily? It looks so cool, perfect for humid days.

    • Jenny Rushmore June 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

      It’s not opaque, no – it’s literally two layers of thin cotton that have been attached somehow, so it probably has the same density as a thicker cotton but still has a lot of drape. Yes it does wrinkle pretty easily though – it’s not so much like linen with hard creases, but lots of little creases.

  12. Katie June 23, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    Love me some Nani Iro.

  13. Jessica June 23, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Fabulous dress! Love the fabric and the pattern and I especially love that it’s petite! I’m going to have to add it to my list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Michelle June 23, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    That last picture is a riot! 😀 This dress is gorgeous. I haven’t used a Nani Iro fabric yet. I’m tempted. The prints are amazing!

  15. thenerdyseamstress June 23, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Gosh, oh my gosh! I didn’t really consider the mountain views, but after seeing yours I regret not purchasing it! Must remedy that soon! I love this pattern over the infamous pattern because it doesn’t have back gathers. I need this pattern in my life!

  16. Donna June 23, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Gorgeous. Love the color.

  17. Brenda June 23, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    This dress is great to on you! It’s great to see this fabric made into a dress. Because of the odd fabric width, I’ve never been able to understand how this would look. Thank you!

  18. sarah June 23, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    gorgeous dress. I love the delicate way that nani iro fabrics incorporate nature.

  19. PendleStitches June 23, 2015 at 11:09 am #

    I actually prefer this pattern! This dress is so lovely.

  20. annie June 23, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    I am in love with that mountain views print! It has been sitting in my cart on etsy. Soon.

  21. Andie L. June 23, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Love the dress! That fabric is so gorgeous! 🙂 🙂

  22. Deon W. June 23, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    I’ve been dreaming of this fabric for a while. How lucky you met the fabric artist. I have a print by Kawase Hasui over my bed – not Hokusai, but same style.

  23. caitlinagogoCaitlin June 23, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    I paw at Nani Iro every time I see it but have never actually bought any. It is so darn pretty.

  24. katrinat June 23, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    I’ve been seeing all the Nani Iro makes pop up in my instagram feed and now i want to make my own. I love your dress!

  25. Chris Griffin June 23, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    Love the fabric.

  26. Mary Danielson Perry June 23, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Absolutely lovely, Jenny! That fabric is gorgeous and so is that bag. What a fabulous graduation present! This outfit is just divine for summer.

    • Jenny Rushmore June 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

      Isn’t the bag great? My Mum got me one that she knew would fit my laptop and sewing stuff for when I lug it all over to Grey’s Fabrics – very thoughtful!

  27. michelleinsea June 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Pretty! I just sewed with double gauze for the first time recently, and I now love it! The stuff I had was solid color and by Kobayashi stuff, but I’m really curious to try some in a Nano Iro print now, too.

  28. Cweet Gal June 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    I did not know about Nani iro .. Home page looks cool , but I am unable to guess how to browse , translation is not neat in my browser

    • Jenny Rushmore June 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

      It’s easier just to peruse Miss Matatabi – I included the direct link just in case anyone was interested in the original artist’s website

  29. youngseamstress June 23, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    This is such gorgeous fabric, and looks great in this dress! I’ve only ever seen double gauze once, in a small local designer quilting shop, but I’m very intrigued to try some!

  30. LaLa Sews June 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    What a gorgeous fabric and pattern combo. I don’t know anything about double gauze but you’ve made it look fab. Love the Museum pics. I’ll have to check out the store – Nani Iro’s watercolor styles are beautiful.

  31. NewRibena June 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    I bought some Nani Iro fabrics over two years and still haven’t gotten the courage to cut into it yet. Your dress is beautiful though and is a big encouragement

  32. kaytedoggett June 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    Ohh, I checked out the Etsy store from you link and I’M IN LOVE!!! Tell me though, did you line that dress in the cotton gauze? I assumed you’d have to but I’m okay with being wrong (less work).

    • Jenny Rushmore June 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      No, you don’t need to line double gauze – it’s opaque and actually feels really nice next to the skin

  33. Jana June 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    I’ve been admiring the Nano Iro fabrics from afar but haven’t bought any yet.

  34. ellegeemakes June 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Cute dress! I love double gauze because it feels so great against your skin. I’ve used it for shirts in the past and a nightgown. But after seeing your dress, I’m inspired to try this too! It is super soft though, not crisp at all, but it worked great for your dress…

  35. Ellen June 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Beautiful dress, gorgeous model and fantastic blog!

  36. Katie Emma June 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    I have one dress out of double gauze and it’s one of my favorites! I have not used any Nani Iro fabric yet, but I’ve definitely stalked it!

  37. sewmanju June 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    The fabric is gorgeous and the pattern is fab on you.

  38. Abigail June 23, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    I love the fabric! And the dress! I entered the giveaway and my fingers are crossed…I have really bad luck and normally don’t win things, but one can dream!

  39. Beth June 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    i love your dress, the fabric is absolutely gorgeous! thank you for such a fab giveaway 🙂

  40. Angela Woodruff June 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I have some Freedom Garden that I have been trying to work up the nerve to cut into… It actually is a really pretty tablecloth, too, so I don’t mind.

  41. Clare June 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    I am obsessed with this designer!

  42. Genya Kulakov June 23, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    I liked the shorter version of this pettern you made.
    You have a beautiful legs and I dont see a reason to cover them, IMHO the proportions are better when the dress is shorter.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Elizabeth June 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    I would love to try some Nani Ito. Especially double gauze!

  44. Kelley Camp June 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    OMG! Love the fabric and the dress! It looks absolutely fabulous on you!

  45. Katie June 23, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Swoon! I wouldn’t have thought of double gauze for a shirtdress but it softens it down beautifully. Those back pleats looks gorgeous. I bought some Nani Iro in NYC and I’m stumped for what to use it for…

    • Jenny Rushmore June 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

      Yeah I wasn’t sure if it would work out, but I think that all the darts and shaping means it’s alright!

  46. Shannon Snyder June 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Thank you for the chance to win! I’ve been wanting to try out some double gauze 🙂

  47. Amanda Smith June 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    Just lovely on you! Perfect fit and such beautiful colors. I need this type of dress in my closet.

  48. Elissa East June 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Such beautiful fabric. My daughter is going to Japan for a language and textiles tour soon – I have told her I will give her spending money for material. I will now tell her to look out for this name/brand. Dress was beautiful too

  49. Cammie June 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    Wow! That shirtdress is amazing, the colour scheme looks like it was made for you! I’ve been ogling that same fabric in the green colourway for a while now, (It reminds me of how I thought the Yorkshire dales looked when I was a kid) but I haven’t taken the plunge…yet…

  50. Ada June 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Love your shirtdress! Gorgeous fabric!

  51. Rosie Sparkleneedles June 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    This is quite frankly too beautiful Jenny.

  52. Sheena June 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    I just ordered my very first Nani Iro fabric from Miss Matatabi this week and I am soooooo excited to make a dress with it! I can only hope it will be a lovely as yours!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. helen duckham June 23, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    what a fabulous dress!! I’ve never sewn with nano iro but have patted it a few times….

  54. Beth Carver June 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    The dress is oh so lovely! I very much need to perfect a TNT pattern so I can sew with Nani Iro – you’re blog inspires me with hope!

  55. Rachel June 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    I love your shirtdresses! I’m still writing up the courage to make buttonholes, myself. So gorgeous!! I’ve never used Nani I do, but I’d love to, so thanks for the giveaway!

  56. Jennie June 23, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    I love your shirtdress, my favourite rtw dress is a shirt dress and I really need to comat my fear of sewing for me and make one!

  57. knittinggirlstrikesagain June 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    That fabric is amazing and the pattern is a perfect match!

  58. Summer Sun Bear June 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    I love Nani Iro fabric! I’m a massive fan of the Japanese aesthetic and Nani Iro incorporates this with a modern feel perfectly. Thank you for the giveaway!

  59. Jenny June 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    I am just making a shirt dress using a rayon which is a bit of a pain but drapes well. I know Nani Iro would be perfect for my next one and have been stalking Frances on Etsy for months. One day I hope to buy some but quite frankly I can’t choose just one. This is why it hasn’t happened yet. Jennylarking at gmail dot com

  60. Ariane Kring June 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    This looks like such beautiful fabric. I love the colors and would love to try it out.

  61. Diane O June 23, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    What a beautiful dress…looks like you have a wonderful time. Love Japanese fabric.

  62. deb June 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm #


  63. Gina June 23, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    I’d been eyeing this fabric for a while, but when you posted it on instagram the other day, I gave in and ordered it from Miss Matatabi. I’m going to try to restrain myself from making a shirtdress with it so I don’t look like a total stalker! I just made a Deer and Doe Belladone with some Cotton and Steel double gauze and I LOVE it! The only thing is that you must be sure to not use big long stitches when you hand stitch your neck and armhole binding because that wobbly double gauze will get rumpled up in the wash and your raw edges will start peeking out – ask me how I know!

  64. Loganstitches June 23, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    I’ve been seriously drooling over Nani Iro and knowing that I don’t have time to get some and make anything up this month, but am plotting, oddly enough about the mountain views double gauze.

  65. V Reed June 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    It’s stunning! The color is so perfect with your bag! However did your Mum know? 🙂 I have never sewn double gauze, but seeing all the makes on the blog hop has me very intrigued!

  66. neurula June 23, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    Such a lovely print! I’ve always wanted to try double gauze 🙂

  67. Siobhan June 24, 2015 at 2:20 am #

    I love that fabric and find the drape really interesting.

  68. Sara June 24, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    It’s so beautiful! I’ve never tried double gauze or any Nani Iro fabrics, and I’m thinking now, I really should!

  69. megret1979 June 24, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    This dress is glorious- color, fit! Ha- if I had checked my feed yesterday before we met I would have demanded to see it in real life!

  70. Nicole Morgan June 24, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    That fabric is so gorgeous! The colors are perfect for your skin, eyes, and hair!

  71. stephanie June 24, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Gorgeous fabric! And I love your pic at the Hokusai exhibit under the way – LOL! Off to stalk the Miss Matatabi store and drool over some Nani Iro. &hearts

  72. Tanya Maile June 24, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    You are just on a roll with your shirt dresses! Major love for this one! Double gauze is so wonderful and paired with that glorious print and your shirt dress pattern, it sure does make this an outstanding dress!

  73. Sarah Jane June 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    I’ve been coveting the gorgeous Nani Iro Double Gauzes like crazy lately. So, so gorgeous! Love your shirt dress!

  74. puu June 24, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    thanks, mum indeed! enjoy them both as they are perfect together! 🙂

  75. ShowandTellMeg June 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    I have always been fascinated by the beautiful prints from Nani Iro , and everyone always says how lovely they are to work with. I would love to give them a try myself 🙂

  76. Ginger June 24, 2015 at 7:59 pm #

    Such a pretty dress and fabric

  77. Pat June 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Awesome fabric and dress! I went to this exhibition today too 🙂

  78. gibbylet June 25, 2015 at 12:04 am #

    Thank you so much! I’ve not worked with double gauzes but certainly have been admiring these prints and wondering if I’m up to trying to learn to work with a new fabric.

  79. Kirsty June 25, 2015 at 6:09 am #

    What a beautiful dress! You are right, the pleats are a nice touch rather than gathering.

  80. amcclure2014 June 25, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    I love the dress; gorgeous fabric. I’m intrigued by this fabric, I haven’t seen this in person but it sounds great.

  81. needleworkreverie June 26, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    I’ve been stalking Nani Iro for years! I love the dreamy watercolors and the light, bright colors.

  82. tworandomwords June 26, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    I’ve made one dress from double gauze and you’re right, it is so nice. Just have to be careful because seams seem to show through quite easily.

    This fabric, in particular, is GORGEOUS! Ungh

  83. Tammie S. June 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Even better than the last shirtdress! 🙂

  84. gingermakes July 3, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Man, what a beautiful dress! It’s so lovely!

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