Sewing Japanese Style

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I finally had a chance to dig into my Japanese sewing book that I purchased on this trip to New York City at Kinokuniya Bookstore. From the models to the fabrics, this book is so beautiful that I want to keep it out at all times. It says it is part of a Heart Warming Life Series, but that’s the only part in English. I’ve tackled a few European patterns, so I tried not to let the fact that every single character is foreign intimidate me.

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These are the sweet shorts I decided to try out first. Didn’t I tell you that the photography and styling is beautiful?!? That cute square neck top is on my list too! This Japanese Sewing Books Blog provided excellent help with some of the translations. Between it and the diagrams I was able to work my way through it all.

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I think sizing was the biggest guesswork for me considering Avery’s height compared with Japanese petiteness. Thankfully erring on the larger end worked out wonderfully.

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I just love these bubble pockets with a drawstring bow detail.

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Just before starting this project, I stumbled across the You & Mie blog announcing a whole series on Japanese Sewing Books. I can’t wait to see the tips, methods, and books they share with us. I have a feeling a few more of these books will make their way into my sewing library.

Linking up to Train to Crazy and girl.inspired.

15 comments:

  1. Love, love, love these. Oh, if only I had a girl...

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    1. I know Kara!! I hope you get a chance to stock up on some Euro patterns and fabrics before you get back to the states!

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  2. Oh!! These make me swoon! I've got to get my hands on that pattern!! They are just fabulous!

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  3. Adorable...love everything about them! I did a double take because they look just like these: http://www.eleganceandelephants.com/2012/07/pocket-capris-shorts-version.html Is it easy to figure out the instructions/pattern pieces in the Japanese books? I've been tempted to get one, but I'm intimidated by the language barrier.

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  4. The shorts are precious. Love the pockets!

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  5. Soooooo sweet! I need to jump on this Japanese bandwagon! I think I have become a pattern hoarder! lol!

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  6. Love how they turned out! I have had these shorts cut out and ready to sew. Same with about almost every pattern in that book!

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  7. It's thick, clear plastic that is easy to draw on (I used a Sharpie) and cut out, and the best part is that you get 8 sheets in one package. I spent $3.88 on this pack and there were other options that were cheaper, learn more

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  8. Is it easy to figure out the instructions/pattern pieces in the Japanese books? I've been tempted to get one, but I'm intimidated by the language barrier. best reverse osmosis system for the money

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    1. The diagrams are very clear. If you can get the Google translate app on your phone, it certainly helps with translating.

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