Japanese print reversible shift

barbarajane made Japanese print shift

the wrong side

This is a make for a friend who brought this lovely cotton back from a trip to Japan. It looks like a lino block print, though I don’t think it is. It’s a good replication of one.

Lynne wanted a simple summer shift so I cut a pattern based on one of her ready-to-wear ones. Because the print looked great on both sides I decided to make the dress reversible. I also used the ‘wrong’ side to add a bit of interest , with patch pockets and a band at the bottom.


















The seams are all flat-felled and the neck and arms are finished with self-made bias.

barbarajane made Japanese print shift

the ‘right’ side

barbarajanemade Japanese print shift-self made bias

self made bias


patch pockets

I didn’t have much fabric so the bias was pieced together one length at a time. However, doing the Ralph Rucci coat sewalong, I’ve leant to make bias in a continuous piece, fabulous. I’ll defiantly use this method if I can in future. Sewalongs are so good for learning new things. Here it is, piles of chartreuse silk dupion bias, gorgeous.

barbarajanemade Continous bias binding - silk dupion

lots and lots of bias

Making this japanese print summer dress was a nice antidote to the ‘difficult’ fabric of my wearable muslin jacket and the fun but fairly tricky fringed number.

Have you got go-to-sews when you need to take it easy or get your sewjo back?


Pattern: drafted from a ready-to-wear

Fabric: cotton purchased in Japan

Location: Goulburn grasslands, looks like a drought on the way.

Thanks for reading, till next time..












5 thoughts on “Japanese print reversible shift

  1. Pingback: Japanese beauty – Nani Iro top (+ mittens for koalas, not kittens) | Barbara Jane made

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