Nani Iro's Sewing Workshop is a book that has been out for a bit, but we are thrilled it is now available to us translated to English! Sewists rejoice! I took no time at all to replicate the perfect boxy tee from the cover in the exact fabric. Welcome my Basic Blues Tee.
Naomi Ito, the woman behind the design company Nani Iro, has been designing oversized, interesting garments for years, but this is the first time they have come to us in English and with paper patterns. The first Nani Iro pattern I made (the Woman Tee) was self-drafted from online instructions that were in Japanese, but with enough drawings and help from a friend, I was able to work it out. Having all of these patterns available is such a luxury! I started with the most basic of basics - the Basic Tee. This is an oversized, boxy tee. It is made more interesting with a split asymmetrical hem and an unfinished, raw collar.
This top came together super fast. Just two pieces and a bias neckband. The technique for leaving the edges raw on the neckband was new to me and super simple. I'm looking forward to this fraying a bit after a couple of washes. Cutting on the bias means the fray won't be too bad. There is no shaping to this top, so an fba might be in order for some folks, but I had no problems with the fit. I love it with my Everyday Skirt or with jeans and you can't beat this vibrant blue hue.
I'm looking forward to making a couple other patterns from this book - there are a few dresses that look great as well as a skirt, pants and a jacket. Look forward to more makes in the near future.
A note on using this book: seam allowances are not included in the pattern and should be added when you trace the pattern out, before cutting your fabric. I use a clear ruler to add them.