Update 24 March : It seems that the following website has been taken offline. I tried searching in Japanese but they all turn up the old domain name which is no longer available.
Most of the free patterns you can find online are for small zakka goods like bags and pouches, or simple skirts/shirts constructed out of rectangles and simple shapes. This is because pattern pieces are usually much larger than A4 size which is what most of us can print at home. I’ve been looking for more free patterns that are for clothes and not just small goods because I think these will be quite interesting to make.
Today’s free pattern comes from a site called Sasatto Sewing. I’ve bookmarked this site some time back but it was quite hard to navigate. I think she has recently reorganized the links and even though it is still not so easy to find all the bits and pieces as there is a lot of text, I think the completed garments are quite elaborate for free patterns, so it’s quite worth checking out! If you are using a browser with an auto translate feature like Chrome, you can try turning it on. It might help search for the correct links, although the text translation is not very accurate 🙂
This is the link to the main page – http://sasatto-sewing.com/ From the main page it is quite easy because the projects are listed by thumbnails so you can just click on the thumbnail to the project you want. Once you get to the project page, you will see lots of links (the links are in green).
Just a few things to take note of. The sizes are quite varied from project to project. Some are for kids only and some include kids and adults sizes. So refer to the word size サイズ and the numbers next to it. Units are in cm! (Conversion from inches – 1 inch = 2.54cm)
The other important text to note – 作り方(how to make) and パターン (pattern). This two links are what will lead you to the diagrams needed to construct the patterns as well as the steps for making the garment.
The other links in green (for this particular skirt) are some explanatory notes about the skirt as well as variations of materials on the skirt which will give it a different effect. But the main links you will need are the two I mentioned previously.