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Book Review – Everyday clothes for girls

September 21, 2012


Today’s book review is “a sunny spot 女の子のまいにちの服(Heart warming life series, or Everyday clothes for girls. This book is relatively new as it was only published this year in April, I’ve already used two patterns for this book, and there are still a couple more on my sewing list.

An overview of the contents page. The 3 dresses/tunic below are for Mom! 😛
The sizes included are for 90-140cm, and free size for Mom.

What I like about the clothes are that almost all of them have gathers. (Girls love that) and they are all wearable on a daily basis.

I love the simplicity of the designs, and the extra design details at the back.

Any dress with a big skirt will be a big hit with my girls. I might have to make this next.

This is a very cute tunic, with a nice twirly shape!

I made this!

Blouse that I made using the pattern above.

Square neck tunic, lovely in seersucker fabric.

Added bow-tie detail at the back.

Another pattern that I used.

Smock blouse in cotton linen using pattern from above.

Love the gathers and the puffy sleeves. Brown is a color I wouldn’t pick out while buying fabrics for the kids. But doesn’t it look great on a little girl? I have been buying more solid colors lately, as I find that cutesy prints tend to get stashed away for ages as they never look quite right for clothes.

This is a knit blouse with a bow detail at the back, skirt pattern not included.

Something warmer and great for the cooler days ahead. This is a ボーダー “border” (meaning horizontal stripes) knit coat. The hood is not part of the coat by the way.

Fur tippet and Balloon pants.

Like this dress from the front cover? You can make a an adult version too.
The book includes 3 matching dresses for Mummy!

Size chart for kids (first column on left – Size, Height, Bust, Waist, Hip)
The 3 adult size projects are all free size.

There is one sewing lesson with full step by step pictures.

Some basic sewing techniques, but the quality of the images here are not so good.

The how-to-makes are entirely in diagrams.

A close up of the diagrams.

Title : a sunny spot 女の子のまいにちの服(Heart warming life series)
ISBN : 978-4-529-05069-2
Author : 村田繭子
Publisher : 日本ヴォーグ社

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16 Comments

  • Reply Cosmo September 22, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Those garments are adorable! I love the yoked sleeveless dress.

  • Reply PAVITRA November 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I am completely obsessed with this book…Any idea where I might find it?

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  • Reply ELENA April 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I really love this book and the patterns look adorable. Do you know where can I find it, please? Thanks in advance >^o^<

  • Reply Ai May 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Oh, how i love the patterns of this book. I hope you could make a translation in any of the cute patterns for girls. My daughter likes the smock dress.

  • Reply LeAnne B February 10, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I’ll add my interest to this book as well. Any clues on where to find any of the patterns translated? I love the collared blouse, the square necked tunic, and the smock blouse. Just to name a few. 🙂

    Thanks for a great website! Awesome information.

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  • Reply Elena August 22, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Lovely patterns! I really enjoy reading your reviews. Do yo Know if this book has been published in english yet?
    Thank you !

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