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Book Review – Sewing Recipe

February 8, 2012


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 shirt-dress and shirt just threw me off. I’ve never attempted a collar before. Not that there are no girls’ patterns with collars, just that I’ve never tried. Wondering if it’s too complicated to do.

Above is an example of a “how to make” page for each of the basic styles. Seems rather short and lacking in instructions, it follows the usual format of diagram + procedure in numbered steps. Description of the numbered steps is also in point form. So, how to make???

Thankfully, the rest of the book covers all the basics and advanced techniques you need for the steps in all the garments included 🙂

Starting from basics, and I really mean basics…. like how to thread your sewing machine!

After covering the basics, she moves on to cover Techniques. The pictures below shows the process of making gathers.

Not all the lessons are in photographs though, some are in diagrams, but as you can see below, it is pretty clear cut. I would say most of the time I don’t have to reach for my dictionary to understand it.

Oh, and for those of you (like myself) who have a great phobia of zips, there are a few good tutorials showing you how zips are inserted in a few ways. The one below shows the way to insert zips into a skirt.

There are also techniques for inserting side pockets, collars, yokes, all the baffling sewing techniques for advanced sewers, but showing in step by step photographs. Armed with this knowledge, you can build all 6 garments showin in the contents page!

This is a great book for learning everything from basics to advanced techniques. And a great beginner book to start making clothes of your own.

Book Title : Sewing Recipe
Author : 月居良子
ISBN : 978-4-579-11180-0

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  • Reply erin February 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Yifarn, I came across your website when I googled “pochee magazine”.
    It’s fun to find another blogger from Sg 🙂
    Love your book reviews and how-tos.

    • Reply admin February 13, 2012 at 1:31 am

      Hi Erin! Thanks for dropping by 🙂 Glad you like it. You can check out my other site where I post the stuff that I’ve made, many of them are from Japanese sewing books. Hope to see you around! 🙂

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  • Reply Virginia Atmopawiro January 28, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Dear Yifarn,
    Is the english version of this book also available?
    I could not find it on 🙁

    By the way, I like your blog. I’m new to Japanese sewing books, but am already a HUGE fan!!!

    Kind regards.

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books February 3, 2017 at 9:42 am

      Hi Virginia, thanks for your kind words! There is no English version of this book yet, only the girls version has been translated so far.

  • Reply Virginia June 9, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Thank you for the reply Yifarn.
    By now, I have a small collection of Japanese sewing books.
    Dress Style Book + Blouse, Skirt & Pants Book by Keiko Nonaka that I will use as reference books (and more…) They are in japanese, but I don’t mind.

    I am still looking for some good sewing books (dress+blouse+pants+skirts) for girl’s (age 7 – 11 year). Definitely considering sewing recipe for girls.

    Sew happy me 🙂

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