Browsing the blog archives for February, 2012

Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Bee Factory


How many bags does a girl need? How many bags does a girl want? How many bags have I made? Not enough Today’s free pattern link is from Bee Factory. There are lots of free patterns out there for little items like bags and pouches but not many with such detailed photographs and diagrams. Just […]

Book Review – Kurai muki no kodomofuku : Simple+one

Cover of simple+one

It’s Wednesday and time for another book review Today’s book is called Kurai Muki no Kodomofuku : Simple+one. (クライ・ムキの子供服 Simple+one) The author is 倉井美由紀 but she is known as クライ・ムキ Kurai Muki. She has written lots of books on sewing! I first came across this book at a friend’s place and was so besotted with one of […]

Free Japanese sewing Patterns – Handmade Kokoro

handmade kokoro

Today’s free pattern site is by a mother of two young children. Which explains why the patterns are mainly for babies. Very cute and useful things to make! Comfortable shirts, pants, onesies, dresses, even a diaper cover and toys! For mothers, there is even a baby carrier and bag pattern. Her main blog is at but […]

Book Review – Fashionable clothes for girls


This week’s book review is about pure eye candy The book title is 女の子のおしゃれ服, by 荒木由紀。Google tells me it means Fashionable clothes for girls. I love the pictures in this book. The little girl is so cute! When I flip through books to decide if I will buy it, it almost always depends on whether there […]

Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Studio Clip


Studio Clip is a company selling zakka and clothings. They have both an online store as well as physical stores in Japan. Today I discovered one of their blogs – which is a huge library of “how to make” patterns for zakka goods! To date (it was last updated early Feb), there are 116 patterns […]

Book Review – Sewing Recipe


  Today’s book is the adult version of one of my previous reviews – Sewing recipe for Girl’s It’s by the same author, but with designs, lessons and techniques catered to adult wear. This book covers 6 basic styles (as shown above and below) When I saw styles 5 and 6, the collars on the […]

Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – fil e-book


Today’s link is a really amazing find. I stumbled upon this website from a list of links on a Japanese site, so it was really a by-chance thing and not directly from any search engine. This website is by the company Fujix Ltd which apparently is a sewing thread company. Makes sense doesn’t it? The […]

Book Review – Girls’ Dresses おんなの子のワンピース


This must be one of my most used books. At first glance it looks a bit dated, probably due to the style of the photograph on the cover. It was published in 2006, and the author is Mizuno Yoshiko (水野佳子). So why is it my most used book? Simply because, there are 5 basic design […]