Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year - 2010!

Happy New Year

Yay, it's 2010! How did you all spend on your New Year Day?
This is the time of the year I miss being in Japan the most
because a new year day is like Christmas here, the most
celebrated holiday in Japan. It's been almost 7 years since I moved
to the states but I haven't yet gotten used to this lack of
Japanese festivity here on this day of the year. What helped me
keep from missing Japan too much today was lots and lots of sewing.

skirt for sarah

I just realized Sarah's 2nd birthday was coming up in a week,
so I made this twirly skirt based on this great tutorial by
Kara of Sweet & Salty. I simply fell in love with some of the skirts she
made (which you can see here in her post.)
I knew I would have to have my take at the tute!
It was absolutely worth it! The instruction was
very easy to follow and I'm truly in love with the outcome!

skirt for sarah

I picked up this matryoshka fabric a few years
ago at Nippori Textile Town in Japan, knowing that
it would make some really nice handmade gift for her.
I'm happy that it finally turned into something
I'm sure she will like.

skirt for sarah

I can tell already that it will definitely look fabulous
on her, and I can't wait to see pictures of her in it!

skirt for sarah

To tell the truth, I didn't have enough red polka dots
fabric for the hem, so I had to improvise by using
this vintage fabric for the back half of the hem.
I wasn't sure if this fabric will match the matryoshka
fabric, but I ended up thinking this fabric matches
better than the other red polka dots fabric.
Sometimes, I have to sew fabric together to really
find out if it's a good match or not.

Speaking of birthday gifts for Sarah, they have
always been handmade so far! (Hooray!)
For her zero year old birthday, I made these shoes
based on this famous tutorial by Joanna of Stardust Shoes.

Many Baby Shoes

And for her 1st birthday, I sewed up two more
baby cloth shoes with an enlarged pattern.

Baby Shoes

I find it so much fun to make things for
a little girl! So jealous of those of you
who have girls you can always make something for!

Hope all of you will have a happy new year
with a nice amount of crafting squeezed in.

Thanks for coming and reading!!

Note: Some of you have asked me to share the pattern
for the tree coasters. Here it is! ;)



  1. aww, the fabric you used for the skirt is so pretty and the skirt is gorgeous!! love the shoes as well. :)

  2. Happy New Year~
    I love those gifts you made-do they come in adult sizes ;)

  3. Happy New Year!
    I look forward to another year of reading your fab blog. Loving the fabrics used in the skirt - it's gorgeous!

  4. Happy new year to you too!
    And i agree about the holidays and stuff ...

  5. so cute! She shoes are especially precious.

  6. Love the skirt...the fabrics are so wonderful! Happy New Year...and thank you so much for the download for the tree coasters...can't wait to make some for Christmas gifts for next year!

  7. Hi! Thank you so much for featuring my tutorial on your amazing blog! I got about 100 hits already. Usually I get about 5 a day!! Thank you. I guess I have to start getting busy now to spice up my blog!
    The skirt came out amazing!
    Thanks again. ~Kara

  8. Happy new year! And what a pretty skirt you made for the precious girl! As a fellow Japanese, I too, miss all the new year festivity from Japan, too... but I love the Christmas here!私は在米20年以上…ですが未だにこちらのお正月には慣れませんよ~。日本のお正月が恋しいですね…!

  9. As always, everything is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE! The slippers are amazing - you used great fabrics for them.

  10. Happy New Year Ayumills!!, I wish that this year brings you many good things, I am sending you a big hug.

    This year I want to use my sewing machine more. :) And try to do nice things like you do.

    Beautiful skirt that you made for Sarah, I also loved the fabric!.

  11. I adore these little shoes, especially the knome! So cute.

  12. A very Happy New year, Ayumills!
    The skirt is so sweet and so are the cute shoes :)

  13. Hauoli Makahiki Hou and Akemashite Omedetoo. In Hawaii, we celebrate the New Year with many traditional Japanese foods too. We have carried on those traditions brought by our ancestors from Japan. : )

  14. Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks for lovely comments!

  15. Happy new year. I can understand your feelings. We all wanted to be at our homes to celebrate such occasions.

  16. yes that skirt is ADORABLE! I just made one from the same tutorial. I don't have as good a camera but you can come check it out lol

  17. those are beautiful Russian mastrioskas thingies! and the little kids shoes are so adorable, I think I will try to make a couple for my children, thank you for this great tutorial!

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