Book Review: Sew Sweet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I love when Japanese sewing books are translated to English from Tuttle Publishing. But when those books happen to be children's clothes, I get really excited. The stylish clothes in Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls are right up my alley! I've sewn from one of Yuki Araki's Japanese books in the past here, here, and here, so you can say I am a fan.

With 22 projects, there is a little something for everyone. The author's note at the beginning of the book likens creating clothes to drawing pictures with fabric as the paint. She certainly knows how to create shade and balance with each creation.

There are two Mother / daughter looks to create.

I love everything about this photo from the sweet shirtdress to the vintage sewing machine.

If the shirtdress intimidates you, rest assured there are detailed lessons on the button placket and stand collar. These look like instructions I would refer back to even if sewing from other patterns.

There is a long sleeve version of the shirt dress as well.


Special details don't go unnoticed either. Like the peek of lace at the cuff of these leggings.

I would imagine this sweet blouse would be the first thing I sew from the book. The buttons in front are decorative only. The blouse actually has a button up back opening.

Here is the handy photo index of projects. Under each item you can find the page reference for the modeled photo and the page reference for the instructions. As you can see, a hat and a purse made the project list as well.

Note the size chart below. These patterns are for younger girls, as my oldest, who is 6, tops the chart.

I always see more details with the line drawings than the actual modeled items. This camisole dress has a unique tie front.

In the right fabrics, this long-sleeve dress would make a sweet night gown.

Detailed diagrams are always my favorite feature of Japanese sewing books. Each diagram certainly packs in the information. The little iron symbol is a nice touch.

Here is the line drawing for the back button blouse. The pleated bodice is such a sweet detail.

The pattern sheets can be found in the back envelope of the book.

I hope you've seen enough to get a feel for the book, because.....

....Tuttle Publishing was kind enough to offer a book to one of you!! Enter for your chance to win a copy of Sew Sweet by Yuki Araki.

I received the book, Sew Sweet, for free from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions provided are my own. I will only recommend products that I would use personally and are good for my readers.


  1. I love the styling of this book. Clothes look sweet but totally wearable (my only complain: my girl is also 6, so I'm not get the chance to sew much from it) :(

  2. this book is just gorgeous. I am not new to Japanese sewing books as I have previously got Happy Homemade sew chic for kids and I just love their patterns and the attention to detail.

  3. The book looks wonderful. There are so many outfits I can see making for my daughter.

  4. Gosh this is beautiful! I have not tried the Japanese sewing books yet so I would be ecstatic to win this.

  5. Cute. I would love to win, I currently don't own any pattern books like this but I could see being put to good use.
    - Scary

  6. I have 1 Japanese book in my library. It's very lonely and needs a friend! ;)

  7. I've checked one out of the library once, but I never sewed anything from it. Most like though because it was for women's clothing. I love many of the designs you showed from this Japanese book and would love to own it!

  8. I love japanese sewing books! I have a couple, but honestly have only sewn two things from them so far. It's so addicting though and I'd love a copy of this book :)

  9. I'm having trouble getting my comment published, so I apologize if there are many if my comment! I love this book!

  10. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing! I own one so far, if I win it would be a nice addition. :)

  11. Love japanese pattern books but mine are all in Japanese - what a treat it would be to have one in English! Thanks for showcasing this one:)

  12. I love LOVE Japanese sewing patterns! So many great pattterns on this book... I'm so happy that this one is translated to english! Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. I'm waiting for my girl to grow a little to start sewing for her from this amazing books. I love the style! I'm reallt happy that this one is finally in english... send it my way pls!!! :)

  14. I love the styling in the Japanese books, they are so cute.

  15. Love the style of Japanese children clothing......we haven't tried a pattern yet, but it's definitely a goal to do so!!

  16. This looks like a gorgeous book yet once again I realize why I love the Japanese style.

  17. I checked a Japanese book out from the library once and I loved it. I haven't gotten around to actually purchasing one yet... so this would be my first! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. this would be my first - the clothes are so cute!


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