Every attempt to purchase Nani Iro fabric has resulted in feeling overwhelmed and self-comforting with some kind of carb. Usually greasy. With visible salt.
Women in self-made Nani Iro creations usually look at ease, like the kind of person that can successfully do a fish braid or would look genuinely cool at a festival without having to feel like they're wearing a costume. I'm just not sure I could live up to that and pick a colour.
|women that i imagine can fish braid: via one / two / three / four / five|
Thankfully that's where friends come in. Sophie, that gorgeous specimen you see above left, sent me a love package after a particularly crappy week including a grey Nani Iro Pocho gauze with irregular metallic gold spots. You can buy the same here from Miss Matabi (which is where I'm pretty sure Sophie got this). Speaking of Miss Matabi, it's Nani Iro month! So yes, you absolutely should buy a few metres of that purple floral gauze you've been eyeing off for months.
The pattern is Grainline's Scout Tee (see previous version here) with lengthened sleeves using Jen's tutorial and, inspired by République du chiffon's Marthe Blouse, a gathered panel at the bottom. Instead of finishing the hem I left the selvage, which also allowed me to leave a little love letter to the fabric. It's pretty much 2014 Reana's version of 2003 Reana buying a Billabong t-shirt.
The insides are finished with french seams except for the seam that joins the body and the gathered panel. That mess that will never be shown to another person until I purchase another serger/overlocker. The neckline is finished with red gingham bias tape leftover from my ginger jeans & can be seen here.
I don't know what kind of black magic is woven into this fabric but it's surprisingly stable and holds up to a lot of washes despite feeling soft and gauzey. (Really? "gauzey" is the best adjective you can think of for gauze? Brava Reana *slow claps*). Even the metallic hasn't budged and this shirt receives weekly wears and zero special treatment. And the relaxed cut, which I was originally iffy on, makes me happy. It's just an every day shirt, you know? But it's Nani Iro and handmade, so I'm a fancy everyday lady with some fancy friends.
Worn with black ginger jeans.