I crept into the sewing room and found some inspiration in a scrap of soft purple fabric and a Japanese Dress Pattern Book. There is so much inspiration inside from all the sweet little girls, muted colors and wonderful pictures! I love the line drawing for directions - if only it were in English!
I seem to always run into a snare transferring the pattern from paper to fabric. All the patterns come printed on a large sheet and it's a matter of tracing through Japanese characters and several sizes to find the pieces you need! However, it's very worth the hassle and the directions are simple enough that, even if I don't cut things out exactly right, I can trim pieces to fit as I go. (If anyone else has a trick to using these patterns I would love to know!)
Here's a peak into the sewing room
It's far from perfect and I didn't iron it for the picture! The pleat in front isn't quite right and I got impatient with the bias tape finish and improvised. I love it for it's peasant simplicity.
It would be darling over a white turtle neck. I have a particular little girl in mind for this but I still have to see if it will fit! I have no idea what size I wound up making, I just eye-balled it.