These dresses are made up of simple rectangles for the front and back piece, and two more long and thin rectangles form the straps. They are very easy to sew, except that you have to wind the shirring elastic by hand with a slight tension. It may take a couple of experiments to get the correct effect so if you are doing it for the first time so do try it on a scrap piece of fabric before sewing on your actual piece of fabric.
The applied pattern is a simple adaptation. A lengthened skirt with tiers using co-ordinated fabric.
Pattern 6 is a Long sleeve smock blouse with elastic gathered neckline and sleeve openings. Easy to wear and comfy too!
The applied patterns for 6 are 2 rather different designs. One is a cap sleeve with contrast ribbon tie detail on the front, the other is a sleeveless camisole like top. Basic pattern 7 — round collar sleeveless blouse with frill details on the front bodice and buttons down the front. The tops are slightly flared towards the hem line for ease of movement. Applied pattern 7 is a lovely linen dress with a sailor type collar and a button down opening halfway down the front. There are also embroidery details on the pocket as well as the collar. The patterns for embroidery as well as instructions for the stitching methods are included.
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Basic pattern 8 is a poncho style blouse which is great for layering over a plain top as outerwear. The hems of the flared sleeves and bodice are lined with ric-rac tape.
The next section covers all the basic techniques you will need for the garments in the book. Unlike the sewing lessons accompanying basic pattern 1, the photos are in black and white, but still in great detail as you shall see. There are 32 pages devoted to these step by step photos on various sewing techniques, from something as simple as hand sewing buttons to attaching a collar, inserting an invisible zipper, or a partial opening like the half button down opening for applied pattern 7 The full list of sewing techniques can be seen on the content page.
Example of step by step photos for sewing techniques. The last section contains the detailed instructions for all the other basic patterns and applied patterns. Each page includes the Materials list, Instructions, Cutting layout, as well as a order of make diagram.
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Close up of the order of make diagram. Follow the numbers in the order given to complete the garment.
As all the sewing techniques are compiled within one section, you will notice that the instructions do not have detailed diagrams for each step, instead you will need to refer to the respective pages under the sewing techniques. At first this may seem rather troublesome, but after a few projects, you will be so familiar with some of these techniques, you will have no need to refer to the techniques anymore. There are 2 full size pattern sheets, printed on both sides for a total of 4 sides. Attached to the back cover is a handy pocket for storing your pattern sheets.
And last but not least, the back cover has also changed. Now it includes more photos of the projects, as well as a quote by yours truly! The people at Tuttle saw my review from 3 years ago on the Japanese version of the book and asked me if they could quote me on the English version. But of course! A big shout-out to the lovely folks at Tuttle for sending me this review copy and having my quote on their book. Next week, another newly translated English book review.
Some of you have emailed me regarding this book so I think you will be excited to see the English version of it. Stay tuned! Congratulations on your quote! This looks a really nice book. Love the little tops with the collars. These are really cute garments. But why do the models — whether they are women or girls — pose so often with that turned in pigeon toe stance? I live in Taiwan and see Japanese craft books all the time translated into Chinese. I just saw this one on Amazon and am thinking of having my mother bring it to me on her next visit along with another English version Japanese sewing book or two.
I am so excited to finally be able to get ahold of English versions. Thank you for this great review.
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Thank you so much for all your reviews. So glad you like the translation! I did that book you can see my name credited at the back and several of the other Tuttle sewing and craft books. If u had girl and love sewing this book must have!. I love these reviews and used them to have my mother purchase all six English books for girls from Amazon before her last visit so I could teach myself to sew for my daughter. Thanks a lot. Julie Bonnar from The Pattern Pages shares some tips for absolute beginners.
What do you think? Do you have a favourite Japanese sewing pattern book or author?
Sewing Patterns Designed for Beginners A sewing pattern gives you all the tools you need to make a garment. Reading a sewing pattern carefully will help you choose which pattern is best for you, as well as helpful advice on what fabric to buy. These patterns will use easy techniques and avoid any complex tailoring and fitting. Most sewing pattern brands will have sewing pattern collections that have been specifically designed for newbies:.
Here are my sewing suggestions for beginners this season: Wonderful Skirt Patterns. Also included within the same pattern is a woven version with zip so you can progress with your sewing skills. Another brand new sewing pattern, McCalls semi-fitted knit dress introduces you to adding an easy flounce and invisible back zipper.
Bettine Dress from Tilly and the Buttons is a simple to make pull-on dress with scoop neckline and elasticated waistline. The plain skirt version is perfect for those new to sewing. The Marianne Dress from Christine Haynes is a casual knit dress with a figure skimming shape, round neckline and binding. This dress sits just above the knee. This woven dress is suitable for absolute beginners, and features this season's fashionable kimono sleeve.
It also has a cinched waist courtesy of princess seams plus a handy bust pocket. Wear it by itself or with leggings and boots. It comes in sizes xxs-xxl so is a good choice to learn to work with lightweight fabrics. Burda features a series of patterns for throw-on double knit jersey or sweater knit casual jackets with wide collars. Perfect for wearing in the car and when a large coat isn't comfortable.
Selecting the right fabric can make or break a finished garment. Avoid sewing patterns where you need to cut the fabric on the bias as this adds an element of stretch to the equation. Read the sewing pattern several times before doing anything.
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