So I just realized with horror that my last book review was 2 months ago! Where did the time go? If you have been following me on Instagram, I went for a short holiday in June, came back and spent almost of the rest of June busy sewing for my brother’s wedding. Oh and I also released a new bag pattern😛
On top of that I’m doing some partial house renovation at the moment so I’ve had to move things around a bit to make space and that includes some works to my sewing area. So I think you can all understand why now. Keeping up with the blog is difficult because I need to take photos and videos then edit them. and all these on top of my daily full time job as a mother of 3.
Anyway, the good news is the book buying doesn’t stop…. but the bad news is I have a growing pile of them to review. I hope that once the renovation is over I will have more space and the setup will make it easier for me to take photos quickly!
Back to this book review. It’s an English version of a book that I bought back in 2016 when it was first released. The title of the book is Learn Skills to Sew like a Professional.
Warning : today’s post might be a little long 😛
I haven’t been shopping much for girls’ sewing books lately, because my younger daughter is already almost 150cm and hence out of range for most sewing pattern books. I saw this new book on Nihon-vogue’s Instagram account about a month ago, and the cover was so striking that I had to browse through it even though I probably won’t buy it for the reason above. Upon closer look, I realized that it is from one of my favorite girls’ pattern designers – Yuuki Katagai of Pattern Label. I have made many dresses from her books because they are really pretty and practical for daily wear. I saw some of the preview pages and realized that many of the designs look pretty familiar, and I have even made some of them before! The photos were new and updated but the dresses were the same. So why would they release a new – old book?
Those of you who follow me on IG may have seen me post about these circle bags recently. I promised a tutorial so here it is! You can watch it on both my IGTV channel or Youtube channel. Here is a picture of the finished bag and I also gave it a name to make it easy to remember. Maru means round/circle in Japanese and Pochi is pouch! This started out as a pouch pattern but I added side tabs with D-rings to make it a cross body bag. The usual way of finishing a circle pouch (or as I have learned it from Japanese books) is to finish the insides with bias tape. Alternative, the lining is hand stitched on completely. My way of attaching the lining is a bit unorthodox but it makes for less hand sewing so I hope it won’t seem so outrageous to you! 😛
If you make one and post it on social media, please tag me @japanesesewingbooks or hashtag #marupochibag so that we can all see it! Looking forward to your creations!
Today’s book review was one of the recent best sellers on Amazon.co.jp. It is a new release by Katayama Yuko – designer of the Coat sewing book I reviewed at the end of last year. She’s back with a brand new book, recently released last month and it’s all about sewing with knits. This book contains patterns for a full range of wardrobe essentials – from tops, bottoms (pants and skirts) as well as outerwear. Sizes start from kids 110cm to Ladies (3L) or Men’s 2L!
If you have been following my blog over the past few years, then the online store Modes4U.com should not be an unfamiliar name to you! For those of you who have yet to discover them, they are an online shop based in Hong Kong selling all kinds of cute stuff, ranging from stationery, accessories, squishies, even stuffed animals, bento boxes and Japanese fabrics!
Most of their cute and kawaii stuff come from Japan, and when they wrote to me again asking for me to do a write up I was delighted! My boy is a big fan of trains especially the Japanese trains. I browsed the Fabric for Boys section and very quickly fell in love with this colorful sketches of trains fabric by Cosmo from Japan.