Sunday, March 23, 2014

Nippori Textile / Fabric District - Japan

If you get a chance to go to Japan definitely check out Nippori Textile / Fabric District.

It would depend what time of year you travel to Japan if you are looking for certain types of fabrics. We went in summer last time and found the most gorgeous dress fabrics. You can get some bargain buys less than 500 yen / meter ($6 AUS).

This year travelling in colder months so obviously a lots of knits and jacket/suit material. The only problem with buying lots of thick material is getting it all home in your luggage.

Any time of the year they always have amazing kids themed material, quilt material and Japanese fabrics so I always stock up on those :)

How to ask for fabric in Japanese

1 meter please - ichi me-r taru onegaishimasu
2 meter please - ni me-r taru onegaishimasu
3 meter please - san me-r taru onegaishimasu

1- 10 (ichi, ni, san, yon, go, roku, nana, hachi, kyuu, gyu)
Meter - me-r taru
Please - onegashimasu
Thank you - Domo / domo arigato

No thank you - daijobu   (this one comes in handy!)

Fabric Tomato has a couple of stores along this street. One of which has about 6-7 levels so you will be sure to find a number of goodies (look out for the logo below). However, there are a number of remnants, patterns, lace, Japanese kimono type stores and more along the way.

Recommendations on where to stay

If your making the trip to Tokyo for the first time and want to stay somewhere you can easily get around I highly recommend staying in Ueno at Mitsui Garden Hotel.

P.S I am an extremely annoying and fussy traveller when I go to Japan (Food allergies, don't speak Japanese, need a comfortable bed to sleep on, etc).

Here are the reasons I loved and recommend Ueno - Mitsui Garden Hotel:
  1. Comfortable beds!!! This is a deal breaker for me as I put my back out on a rock hard bed in Kyoto and couldn't site see for that day waa!! It was horrible.
  2. English speaking staff at the front counter if you don't speak Japanese.
  3. The rooms come with complimentary water, mini fridge, back massagers, facial steamers. The 2nd floor has laundromat services (300 yen / wash). They don't have food service to your rooms but there is an Italian restaurant connected on the 1st floor that was amazing! Also, if you get in late etc there are a heap of Family Mart / 7 Eleven stores for something quick and easy.
  4. Across the road from Ueno Train Station, which have English speaking information booths where you can activate your Japan Rail Passes.
  5. Is directly above the subway lines which you can then easily access other areas of Tokyo such as Asakusa (highly recommend a day trip here).
  6. Lots of places for annoying fussy eaters like myself to go to (Starbucks, Renoir Cafe, Bakery's, Hard Rock Cafe, popular food chains).
  7. You don't get too overwhelmed and lost (we stayed at Shinjuku and it took an entire day to get our bearings even in daylight).
  8. Across the road from Ueno Park where you could site see for a whole day.
  9. Ameyoko Markets are in all of the surrounding streets so if you don't have much planned you can just head there for some shopping.
  10. Skyliner Airport train is also across the road which is more expensive but it will get you to the airport in about 35 minutes compared to just taking the JR rail which may take you over 1.5 hours.

More Photos

Here are a few more photos from our current trip to Tokyo and Kyoto.

Shibuya famous street crossing

Shibuya Grafitti

Shibuya shopping district

Harajuku Fashion

Harajuku shopping street (Takeshita Dori)

Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

Ameyoko Markets across from Ueno Station

Tokyo Skytree
We went to Asakusa and just got a taxi to the Tokyo Skytree for about 700 yen. Pretty impressive building!!

Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Shinjuku Government Building

Shinjuku Government Building view

Kyoto Light/Lantern Festival

Kyoto Light/Lantern Festival

Hope you enjoy, Erin xx

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Brisbane Sewing Meetup

The lovely ladies at BrissyLizzy and Petticoats and Peplums are organising a Brisbane Sewing Meetup. Hooray at last it comes to Brisbane.

For more information head on over to Lizzies blog and email her to RSVP!!

Will be a fun day to meet up with all the lovely sewing and blogging enthusiasts!!

Hope to see you there xoxo

BurdaStyle Minnie Mouse Costume

I recently had a friends 30th dress up birthday party in which we had to dress up as our favourite character. I decided to dress up as Minnie Mouse and created the outfit below.

Here is the dress that I was inspired by

found on

 The pattern I chose for this dress was the BurdaStyle Dress with Gathered Skirt adding sleeves and also a tulle underskirt to make it puffy! Also the small collar to match the inspiration outfit. 

I ended up getting the ears and neck bow from Ebay for only $15.

Enjoying the party with the girls in our costumes!!

I have been making a few outfits I just haven't had time to take photos.
I apologise for neglecting my blog so much, hopefully more pictures soon!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

DIY Craft Goodness - Free Patterns

To try and get my own sewing projects going again I thought I might add some nice projects that I have found on Pinterest of late, which may help you too! Most of these all have free patterns and tutorials as well so even better!! I hope you enjoy.
DIY Tablet Case
Christmas Oven Mitts
Personalised Christmas Stocking
Shannon's Apron
Baby Animal Towels
Baby Bunny Towel
(as seen above how cute are these!!)
Slippers with Bow
DIY giant chevron floor pillows
Anthropology Purse
Floor Cushion
Owl Stuffie

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Butterick 5949 Dresses

I would like to thank my beautiful friend Judy from Sew Blessed Maw for reminding me to get off my bum and post some pictures for my blog hehe. I am still alive, I have just had so much time to myself after the wedding I have been catching up on a years worth of projects lol.

I did make these dresses before my honeymoon and I promised to post them so here they finally are! Thankfully we've finally had a beautiful day in Queensland (the past few weeks have been non-stop storms) so I was lucky to get some quick snaps by my husband before sundown. P.S I am still getting used to saying 'husband' lol!!

This fabric was from Bargain Box fabrics.

This next dress is one of my favourites. I LOVE this fabric. If you want to buy it you still can and in a million different variations thanks to Joan McLemore on Spoonflower. She has the most beautiful designs well worth checking out if your running out of ideas or simply want some gorgeous dress fabric!!

I wore this dress to a friends wedding recently (my husband was a groomsman). This is from their Photobooth below hehe. I particularly like Taka's mouse pose hehehe.

The last dress I have the super talented and gorgeous Neeno from Sew Me Love to thank for!
I was so lucky to meet Neeno earlier this year and after I was totally in love with her butterfly dress (like I am for all of her creations) she was kind enough to send me the same fabric! Spoilt!!!

This dress pattern is from Butterick 5949, which I can say is a great pattern. I ended up omitting the the center band as it sat high enough on my waist. Otherwise the dress is pretty standard and was simple and quick enough to make. Considering I was able to fit these in between my wedding & honeymoon!!

Well I will hopefully post up a few more things I have been doing. One painting I have just finished!!

xx Erin xx
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