Japanese sewing book review Stylish Dress Book "Clothing for Everyday Wear"
I currently have a large collection of Japanese sewing books. For those of you who haven't taken a look at these books they usually provide sewing patterns (or diagrams without patterns) for sewing clothing and accessories in a Japanese style. This style is usually either more modern or more minimalistic than the style seen in the USA sewing books.
Many of these books are becoming more popular and are being translated into English and can be found at mainstream book stores or on line through US publishers. Previously, they had to be ordered from Europe or Asia and this was costly.
My reviews will show the patterns available in the books and other information such as size charts. This should provide ample information to determine if this book is for you or not.
This book is from the series of "Stylish Dress Books" that are now being translated into English and are easily available at fabric, book stores and online retailers.
I feel that this book offers a large number of sewing patterns (26 to be exact). The patterns with pictures can be seen below.
A: Wraparound dress with pockets
B: Drop waist dress with ruffled trim
C: Shift dress with sequined yoke
D: Sleeveless dress with ruffles
E: Bow collar dress
F: Jacket with corsage
G: V-neck dress
H: Tunic with ruffles
I: Wraparound skirt with knotted waistband
J: Turtleneck dress
K: Pant with hem tucks
L: Back-wrap dress with lace motifs
M: Bell sleeve jacket with ruffle trim
N: Drop-pocket shift with ruffle trim
O: Halter-neck blouse
P: Empire-waist mid-calf sundress with gathered bodice
Q: Three-quarter-sleeve shift with ruffled bodice
R: Sleeveless blouse with ruffles
S: Lace short-sleeve shirt
T: Coat dress
U: Funnel-neck dress with ruffles
V: Shirt-collar dress with lace
W: Sequined drop-waist dress and bag
X: Drop-waist funnel neck dress with pockets
Y: Wrapped overblouse with ruffled shoulders
Z: Slouchy pant with banded cuffs
So, there are 26 different items that can be made with the 25 separate patterns. The pants (K and Z) use the same pattern and are just finished differently. There is also instructions to make a clutch purse but no pattern is provided for this, just measurements.
One thing to note is that the sizes for these sewing books tend to run small. You can see the measurement and size chart from this book pictured below. I generally use my bust measurement for most patterns and alter the waist to fit (as altering the bust on a pattern is more difficult than altering the waist) so this size chart really shows that a lot of people wouldn't be able to use the patterns in this book without major alterations.
Some of these books are being published in the US with English translations AND with larger pattern sizes however this one was simply translated so the sizes remain limited.
Luckily for me I appear to be the ideal height for this book at a whopping 5' 3" tall (well barely). The book does state that the length of the items are all the same for each size and to alter the length to your specifications when making the items. This is easy enough to do.
The patterns are provided and are full size. They are on 2 sheets (back and front). These are a little difficult to trace as the lines are all the same color and they intersect a lot. In addition, like most Japanese sewing books, the seam allowance IS NOT included and you will have to add your own.
The instructions are written with diagrams and they seem concise, however it may not be for a novice seamstress.
Overall, I think this book has a lot of cute patterns. I hope to have jacket F made and ready to photograph next month so check back soon to see how it went!