Browsing the blog archives for February, 2013

Translation Request part 2

I forgot to post this up last week! Was too caught up with the videos Here’s the second translation I did from this book. This time it’s a puff sleeve blouse – project P. Click on the images to zoom in.

Free Pattern, Tutorial and Sewing Video – A simple dress


I said this would be up on Monday, and now it’s Tuesday, almost Wednesday. What happened, was that I had to do a little housekeeping on my mac as I was running out of space on my startup disk, and to my horror, all my previous backups disappeared because of some spotlight indexing issue. I […]

Japanese Fabrics – Border prints


On Monday I reviewed two single pattern sets for Girls’ Dresses. Did you notice the fabric? It looked as if there were ribbons sewn on to the bottom skirt hem. But it was actually a printed fabric. This type of fabric print is called a border print ボーダープリント (bo-da-pu-ri-n-to) The print repeat runs parallel to the […]

Pattern Reviews – Girls Dress Patterns

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Today’s review is not from a book, but single patterns sold in little packages like this one. I’ve always been curious to know what the “insides” are like, so during my Dec trip I made it a point to buy a few. Well, a few became 5 or 6. Some for bags and women’s tops. […]

Translation Request


Just wanted to share with you a recent translation request from one of my readers – Kat, that I received a few weeks ago. I was so sure I reviewed this book before but after searching my own archives, it seems that I haven’t? Anyway, this book is all about Girls clothes using knit fabrics. […]

Book Review – Cotton clothing for girls

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It’s Girls’ Dresses month but today’s book review is not just for dresses. It’s actually a book with patterns for girls cotton clothing in general. The reason why I am blogging about this book is because it is one of the oldest in my collection, and it contains one of my favorite dress patterns. One […]

Japanese Fabrics – Double Gauze


In line with Girls’ Dresses month, I will be talking about some fabrics used for making girls’ dresses. Have you noticed that in most of the Japanese sewing/pattern books for girls, they tend to use rather muted colors, plain solid color fabrics or simple prints like geometrics and florals. When I first started buying fabrics, […]

February is Girls’ Dresses Month


For the last two weeks, I have been busy sewing up dresses for both myself and the girls, because the Lunar New Year is just around the corner! The yearly tradition is that everyone should be decked from top to bottom in new clothes and go around visiting friends and relatives. What this means for […]