Book Review–Girls Style Book

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Have you been intrigued by the Japanese sewing book world, but a little too intimidated to invest in a book in a foreign language? I’ve got great news! A few books have recently been released in English!! I purchased this one, Girls Style Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Right now it is listed for $11.79. You get 24 patterns in sizes 2 to 10. That’s a steal ya’ll!!

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Here’s a little peek inside. I made this simple tie neck tank. You can find my photos at the bottom of this post.

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Each pattern includes instructions, cutting diagrams, and illustrations. The instructions are a bit minimal, but the diagrams are super helpful. You will need to add the seam allowance when you trace the pattern pieces.

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Each step is numbered on an illustration. They have also used English units as the primary measurements with Metric conversions in parentheses.

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This bubble dress with pom-pom details is another one on my list to sew.

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Now, on to my sample. This is such a simple but sweet design. It has gathers on either side of the tie and along the back neckline. It came together very quickly, and I have no complaints about the pattern instructions or illustrations. However, I did run into one issue. This is a size 2 tunic meant for Tandy. As you can see, it is currently fitting my oldest who is a size 5/6. I’ll let you know how the sizing runs with anything else I sew from this book. I guarantee there will be a next time!

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The fabric for this top is Dream On by Urban Chicks.

3 comments:

  1. Oh! That's SO cute! I love love all the Japanese patterns for girls. I think I'll go snag the book! Thanks!

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  2. Such a cute top, and great fabric! I've been wanting to make something from a Japanese pattern for ages now, but it just never seems to make it to the top of the list. One day!

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  3. Such a cute top and beautiful photos!

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