23 August 2013

Udon Dress


So I was in a Japanese noodle bar in Soho the other day, admiring the super-stylish denim utility aprons worn by the staff, and wondering what they reminded me of... hmm... now what was it? Oh yes, that sack dress I was halfway through making! The dressmaking project that had left me feeling ambivalent suddenly seemed appealing again thanks to the sartorial wisdom of whoever designed the restaurant's uniforms. Japanese utility chic with a seventies twist? Yes please.


I omitted the self-made fabric belt in favour of a leather one to break up the block of colour and add definition at the waist (it really needs it!). I stitched a single patch pocket on one side to keep my chopsticks pencils in. It's still not the most flattering dress in the world, and the way the fabric bunches around the belt annoys me a little. But I have definitely warmed to it and have a suspicion it could become a uniform of my own, it's so easy to wear.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you come around to a project you weren't sure about after being inspired by seeing something similar on someone else?

[Soundtrack: 'Ping Pong' by Stereolab]

65 comments:

  1. It does look good Tilly ! Well done. Love the neckline.

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  2. I think it works beautifully Tilly, and love the belted waist and wooden buttons. It looks perfect summer uniform.
    Now I'm not sure if I've had the same experience as you - more likely the opposite- see someone wearing something, try to make my version and realise it suits the inspirer, not me!

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    1. Oh yes, that happens to me a lot too - trying to learn...

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  3. That belt really suits the dress, and it goes well with the buttons at the back, I like how it looks :) And yes that happens to me too, it's like seeing something in a different light and that's always helpful.

    http://abambalife.blogspot.com/

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  4. This is very summer cool and the back details make it very special. Its lovely.I get inspired by the most random stuff so its so cool to learn more on how others get their inspiration.

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  5. Is it just me,or would the back look cool when worn as the front?
    www.thatssewnaija.blogspot.com

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    1. Could do... or would the buttons look like nipples?!

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    2. Lol! Then two buttons could be added giving it a double breasted look.

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  6. I can definitely feel re-inspired after seeing someone in person or online who's rocking a similar item or outfit. People-watching on the the tube is often my favourite for re-assessing clothes. The dress looks great, really like the slightly utilitarian vibe and the colour.
    Udon is the best. Have you tried Koya in Soho?

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  7. It is a lovely dress. The finishing touches - the pocket, buttons and belt, all work perfectly!

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  8. Very cute dress! I love all the interesting and unique details - the back is adorable! And i agree, the leather belt adds a much needed break compared to a fabric belt.

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  9. This dress would be perfect for the Japanese summer! But as much as I don't like summer in Japan or udon, I really love your dress! I've just got inspired by the back fastening :)

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  10. You made such a cute dress! And I love the buttons at the back. I get often inspired on my tube journey by clothes people are wearing. Then I think, oh that is such a wonderful idea. I could try that.

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  11. This turned out great & you look totally adorable in it. I'm not sure I would have made the connection (would have been concentrating way too hard on the udon!), but of course you did, Tilly.

    The belt & wooden buttons are just right!

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  12. This is really cute! It's not sacklike at all, especially with that belt.

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  13. This looks so cute and easy to wear! Wonderful job! And yes this happens to me all the time. Usually I just need to sleep on it and leave it on my dressform for a few days and I eventually feel reinspired!

    brookecameronlowry.blogspost.com

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  14. I love it - in a way it reminds me of The Uniform Project not in the style but in that stylish utilitarian manner. Too cool for school, lady!

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    1. I was just thinking about the Uniform Project the other day - so inspiring.

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    2. I loved the uniform project. There is a pattern available, and I've been thinking about making one for myself.

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  15. It's super adorable! I LOOOOOVE the buttons in the back!

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  16. I think it's totally cute on you! Very relaxed and casual, but still a little dressy (aka the opposite of sloppy). As a side note, I have finally started watching the Great British Sewing Bee and I'm sure you get tired of hearing this but OMG YOU ARE SO CUTE. Can I pls have your accent? Thanks. :)

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  17. Oh wow, this dress is adorable. I love the choice of the fabric and the buttons !! :)

    www.mpbymaude.blogspot.ca

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  18. Very cute! That's the kind of casual summer dress I am always trying to perfect, with mixed results.

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  19. I think it looks really flattering. I feel inspired to make something out of denim fabric!

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  20. I have definitely "shopped my closet" after seeing something cute on someone else ... a co-worker who was great at accessorizing made me completely rethink how I wear scarves and belts.

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  21. I love this dress. I don't find it unflattering at all. I think it's amazing how much fabric choice and choice of details can influence the vibe of a garnment.

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  22. It's so lovely! And the styling is great.

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  23. Tilly it looks perfect on you, everything does. I agree that it has a uniform look about which I personally find very attractive - you could wear dark/bright tights in the cooler days with a cardi and it would look really retro and sweet. An inspiring post as always Tilly, thank you so much
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  24. adorable! love the buttons on the back!

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  25. Absolutely adorable! I love, love, LOVE it!

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  26. I would have never ever bought this pattern, but seeing it on you in 2013 I think I really need to.

    I rather had these projects where you end up finishing it although you really don't want to and then end up hating it. The "what was I thinking" type of project, I guess.

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  27. such a pretty dress! I find little confidence boosters everywhere too! I recently had some teal silk which i was planning to make as per the pattern i had bought and i wasn't all to sure if it would be good, but then i randomly found an image which helped me direct the dress into a different style and now im really happy i did that!

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  28. Oh I love this - the whole 70s feel reminds me of Julie Christie. Was it difficult to make? I fancy making a dark denim version for the Autumn. Do you think it would look ok with a shirt under it and long boots? Thank you I'm feeling inspired

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  29. I think the back makes the dress!its lovely, I love the chambrey too.

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  30. As much as I love the neckline and the details on the back, this dress is calling out for bust and waist darts.
    I know that is not the idea of this dress but it would probably sit much better on your frame ;0(
    Please don't hate me.

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  31. This looks great. The fabric choice is perfect.

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  32. I love the buttons. Would some darts at the waist help with the shaping?

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  33. I think it looks really nice on you.

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  34. adorable! love it on you Tilly

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  35. Oh! this is incredibly cute!! I love this on you!! it's funny that you didn't like it straight away because it's lovely! but sometimes seeing it through another's eyes brings out the potential again :)

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  36. I like it! Sometimes I think that the things that we find the least flattering on ourselves end up being kind of effortlessly stylish. Maybe it's the comfort factor that allows us to relax which lends its own style. I'm not sure if I'm making any sense here, but I hope you continue to wear it anyway :p

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  37. This is such a cute little dress (I genuinely thought you had a little girl modelling it when it popped up in my reading list!). I'm glad you regain enthusiasm for it, it looks great.
    I like to google patterns that i'm working on to have a nosey around other ladies makes & steal some ideas for finishing details.

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  38. What a pretty dress! Love the belt and the details!

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  39. that pocket is so sweet! and the fabric makes it so simply elegant. i did one like this is multicolored stripes and i look like a third grader.

    i love being inspired in the wild. yesterday in NY it seemed everyone was in a mini fashion show.

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  40. This is really cute. So nice and simple in design. I especially like the crossover button-up back. I recently made an apron in a really similar style to those Japanese ones.
    Tunic Apron

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  41. Such a sweet dress. Great job Tilly!

    Great timing too, I'd almost totally given up on a dress today, but this makes me think I should get back and give it another try.

    x Elena
    Randomly Happy

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  42. Very cool! It makes me think of Land Girls for some reason, cute and functional!

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  43. Ooh, I love this! It's a great mix of utilitarian/edgy and cute/feminine. I wouldn't change it at all if I were you.
    I get lots of ideas from things I see people wearing. The funniest (to me) is when I find myself sketching/dreaming about an idea a lot, only to figure out that I already own something that I just need to trace in order to have the pattern I want!

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  44. It looks great, Tilly! I know you were worried about the fit/shaping. Well done you! :-)

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  45. This is so cute, love your work!

    http://jossewandshow.blogspot.co.uk/

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  46. I think this dress is really cute and feminine! I really hope that some day I'll be able to sew my own clothes!!!

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  47. Ooh what a lovely frock. I feel it's something we could go berrying in up on the Downs :) Lovely sandals too xxx

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  48. It's fabulous. I love the back.

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  49. wow I love it! Especially with the buttons at the back :)

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