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This is me so excited to show off these new makes. My hubby is taking some snaps as I keep an eye on our two boys getting ever closer to that looong flight of wooden stairs..

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about.

The pattern

(Psst you have a chance to win one of each theses patterns at the end of the post!)

The patterns for this cami and skirt are designed by Susanne of Trendschnitt. Her designs are edgy and eye catching. She loves playing with stripes and silhouette. 


So I contacted Susanne and then proceeded to make a long list of patterns I lusted after. When I eventually narrowed it down she sent me these two. It’s the details that elevate these patterns to the next level. They are beautifully constructed – the kind of patterns that make you want to slow down and enjoy the process.

This approach is not great for an 11th hour make for an event the next day but it is great if you want something extra special to pop in your wardrobe. The completed garments have an air of effortlessness that only comes from quality design.

Before making these garments the only German words I knew were danke, Lederhosen and gusundheit… now I know oberweite (bust), nahtverdeckten reissverschluss (invisible zip), tischtuchecke (mitered corner or tablecloth corner in German)!

But the great news is that I have done all the work for you! You can find an English translation of the instructions for the Jupe skirt No9 here and the top with spaghetti straps no34 here.

The details!

I love that I can wear the cami and skirt together for a faux dress look or I can wear them separately for completely different looks too! 

The skirt has this fabulous asymetric hem and angular pleats that perfectly align with the line of the pocket.

These angular lines are also picked up in the front and back v-necks of the cami. (Looking at the pic below I might need to grade up at the bust for my next cami).

The cami also features side slits and cool triangular side panel. 

But my favourite feature?  It’s the top stitching for sure! It’s not perfect but it was still so satisfying to sew! I’m going to go nuts with the next cami I make and choose a bright contrasting thread.

The Fabric

I used the Tanpopo print, an original handprinted fabric by the independent Japanese design house, Nocogou.

Nocogou is made up of the husband and wife team, Katsuyuki and Megu. They soak up the slow life in the countryside of Aichi Prefecture, Japan with their two cats, Chachamaru and Ohagi!

nocogou surface design

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Nocogou fabric designs are inspired by Megu and Katsuyuki’s day to day life. Every piece of their fabric is handprinted with love, using a mould made for each individual colour in the print – resulting in a beautiful gentle texture and a unique piece every single time.

Megu and Katsuyuki describe the Tanpopo design as “Dandelions bathed in sunshine. Yellow flowers spread all over.”

The fabric itself is a lightweight broadcloth, 100% cotton and is perfect garment sewing.

I have a great range of Nocogou fabrics in store, for you to peruse!

And there’s a giveaway!

If you want to sew up this cami and skirt you can pop over to the Trendschnitt site to purchase them (don’t forget to check out my English translations linked above).

You also have just 12 hours left to enter the giveaway I’m currently running on my Instagram page.  You could win a paper pattern of the Jupe skirt No9 and a PDF pattern of the No34 Top with Spaghetti Straps!

To enter, simply:
1. Follow me @indybindyfabrics
2. Follow the @trendschnitt
3. Tag a sewing friend in the comments on my announcement post on Instagram

And you’re in with a chance!

If you want more entires…
The more friends you tag (in separate comments), the more entries you get!

For THREE ADDITIONAL entries, sign up to my mailing list below where you’ll also get 10% off your first purchase, a regular dose of sewing tips & tutorials, and access to members only offers!

The GIVEAWAY ends Monday 4th November, 10pm Tokyo time. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced within 48 hours!







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