I also recieved it as a gift from the Hong Kong based fabric webshop Kawaii Fabric (formerly known as Modes4U). I picked it from their collection of fabrics, which includes brands like Birch, Cloud9, Andover, Alexander Henry, Moda, Michael Miller, Monaluna, Timeless Treasures, and the like). In addition, they also specialize in Japanese fabrics, like those of Kokka (who own Nani Iro).
The fabric is a double gauze, which means that it consists two layers of gauze which are connected with invisible stitches. Double gauze is a typically Japanese fabric, designed for hot Japanese Summers: the bottom layer of fabric absorbs sweat, so that the top layer stays dry. While many brands have started including double gauze in their collections, it was Kokka and their subbrand nani IRO who really made the substrate globally popular.
Not only is double gauze easy to work with, it is also very versatile. I have used it for dresses, tops, skirts, blankets, bags, and sleepsacks in the past. Basically anything you would make in regular midweight cotton, you could make in double gauze.
The pattern I used is my newly released Feliz pattern. I went for the dress option, with the narrow flutter sleeves and a hidden zip in the back. I’m not entirely happy with how the sleeves turned out. The fabric is a bit too stiff for this sleeve (though this will get better with washing). In the final version of the pattern, I also widened them with a few millimeters, to get more drape.
But Ava is very happy with it, and picked it from her wardrobe so many times already.