As promised, the book review for Happy Homemade : Sew Chic Kids!
This book is not due for release till Nov on Amazon, so I was really pleasantly surprised to see it on the bookshelves last week.
Just like the Sew Chic book, there are 20 projects to make. Some are for girls, some for boys, and some can be made for both boys and girls. There is also a comprehensive section for sewing beginners, from tools to sewing machine tips, to the use of paper patterns and fabrics. Let’s have a look!
Most of the dresses have simple silhouettes, but added design details around the yoke and sleeves. Great for fans of the simple Japanese style.
I love this look. It’s really a grown up style – the wide-leg linen pants. But so adorable on a little girl. Can be made for little boys too!
I know lots of you have little boys that you would like to sew clothes for. So far of all the English translated Japanese Sewing Books, boys clothing have been left out. This is the first book I have seen that includes some boy patterns. Even though I don’t have a little boy of my own, I think these are really versatile patterns to have.
Shorts in different styles and lengths. Notice there are pockets too? Some of the shorts patterns feature a fake fly but with gathered elastic at the waist. So it’s easy and comfortable to wear but looks like a proper smart pair of shorts/pants!
There are also two shirt patterns. A stand up collar shirt.
And a proper collared shirt.
A pull-over parka pattern that you can use with different types of fabric for different seasons. Some variations I can think of – You can lengthen the sleeves, make it with knit for easy wearing, or even make it with fleece for winter. A truly useful pattern to have in your library.
Being from the same publisher, the book is very similar to the other book – Sew Chic, because it includes the same How-to-make sewing techniques and tips . They used the same excerpt from Sewing Recipe : Mastering Sewing Techniques are You Go by Yoshiko Tsukiori.
The main pattern how-to-make looks like the other book too, with one main exception. The quantities of fabric to buy for each size IS included this time, in both the materials list and cutting layout. So there is less guesswork involved.
Units are primarily in inches, and the cm equivalent in brackets.
A close up of the diagrams.
Now for the important part – the size chart. It is always better to measure your child first before deciding on the size, since the growth rate and proportions of each kid may be quite different, so the age or height indication may not be the most reliable measurement.
And just like the other book, an envelope attached to the back cover is a great place to store your patterns! 2 large sheets with a total of 4 sides.
This book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
Check out my list of other English versions of Japanese Sewing Books here!