When I saw this new Kyoko pattern from Patty Young for Modkids I knew that I absolutely had to have it. I have a soft spot for designs with Asian flare, and this one I found absolutely irresistible. It took me longer to pick out the fabrics for the dress than it took to sew it together (and that was no short period of time), but I am thrilled with the results. I know is is tad busy, but I don't think it is too over the top.
I highly recommend the pattern to anyone who is a beginner to intermediate sewer. It takes a long time (3-5ish hours?) to put the dress together, in my opinion, but the instructions are very clear. The only parts that gave me a bit of trouble were figuring out how to attach the sleeve and keeping the ribbon from getting caught in the seam of the obi sash, but those difficulties may have been as much a result of my own fatigue as anything.
I have never made my own bias tape before, and it is more work than I had anticipated, but it adds so much to the outfit. When I was making it I was thinking to myself, "never again!" When I was attaching it to the actual dress, however, I kept thinking, "Wow - this is gorgeous!" And, again, the instructions for doing this were crystal clear, which is so nice. Anyone who sews can appreciate the value of clear and concise directions.
Thanks so much to Patty Young for designing such a beautiful pattern! I cannot wait to make more of these.