Many months ago, I posted a round-up of my japanese pattern books for kids. It’s proven to be very helpful for me to have it listed in one place, and I have to include a few more books I’ve added to my library since then. I’ve made a lot of clothes for K from these books, but I still have so many more patterns to try!
For today, I thought it would be fun to list the Japanese pattern/sewing books I own for adults. I don’t have nearly as many — just four, if I don’t count the Simple Modern Sewing book which is translated into English (not translated very well, I might add. So far every pattern I’ve tried from this book has had sub-par instructions).
First up is the Sewing Recipe book. I should point out that I have not sewn from any of these books yet and part of the reason I’m posting them is so that I’ll feel motivated to try them. Somehow the idea of tracing/adding seam allowances for grown-up sized clothes is incredibly daunting. This book comes with six basic patterns: two skirts, two tops, and two dresses. Each piece is elaborately explained via excellent illustrations and step-by-step instructions. I want to try the long sleeve top that looks a lot like the Tova and the simple shift dress.
The Sewing Talk book comes with 19 patterns, and I really want to make that coat on the cover with that exact same fabric. In addition to the coat, there are patterns for sleeveless shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, and a couple of pairs of pants. I’m going to be honest here – the reason I haven’t made anything from this book is because the largest bust size is way too small for me, and I didn’t know how to do an FBA. Now that I’m a little more familiar with the process, I want to jump into trying the patterns.
The Drape Drape book is now available in English, and I wish I’d waited to buy the translated version. This book is meant for knits and includes 17 patterns. The pattern pieces intimidate me somewhat and the instructions are a lot more involved (meaning I need to understand more Japanese) – they look like complicated puzzle pieces that my spatially-challenged mind has a hard time processing.
This is not a pattern book per se, but is more of a how-to-style book entitled “From my Closet”. The author, Ayano Uchida, is a well-known stylist in Japan and the book has that quintessential Japanese flavor with tons of linen, neutral tones, and a slightly vintage flair. She shows how she likes to layer and create outfits with tips on shoes and accessories. At the end of the book, she offers six items that are easy to make: a scarf, a couple of bags, a skirt and two dresses as well as ways to embellish them with embroidery and accent pieces like lace. No actual pattern pieces are provided, just instructions. I love love love her style, and when I get a chance, I’ll post more scans from the book.
I have something else planned for tomorrow, but in the coming weeks, I’m going to dip into these books and I’m excited to sew from Japanese patterns for myself!