I stumbled upon a few archived pages from the early months of JapaneseSewingBooks.com and I realized that they are not linked anywhere else in the blog and are in fact buried deep in the archives. So I decided to consolidate all the links to guide you in using Japanese sewing and pattern books. From browsing, choosing, buying to the actual making of the clothes. The links are all here and will be updated as and when I have new content added to the site.
Step 1. Buying a Japanese Sewing Book
- Browse before you buy – You can browse through the books from certain publishers. Nihon-vogue , Bunka Publishing Bureau (how to browse on Bunka’s site will be posted soon!)
- Pick one that has already been translated – Japanese Sewing Books translated to English – Constantly updated list of Japanese Sewing Books that have been translated to English, and where to buy them.
- Japanese Sewing Books in Japanese – There are many sources for buying Japanese sewing books online. All the books I have reviewed include their ISBN numbers so you can search with that rather than having to key in Japanese. I have also included affiliate links on my right sidebar to cdjapan.co.jp for Japanese sewing books. It is an English site that sells books, cds and more, and best of all, ships worldwide from Japan.
- Buying a Japanese sewing book in singapore . If you are located in or visiting Singapore, you might want to check out where to buy books and fabrics from physical stores in Singapore- Fabric and Book shopping in Singapore (and other cute Japanese stuff)
Step 2. Buy Fabrics
- Identify amount of fabric needed – How to make – Identify the fabric quantity
- Type of fabric – For sewing books in Japanese, you may need to refer to this list in order to tell what fabric they are using in the pattern – Fabric names translated from Japanese
- Buying from Rakuten – How to purchase Japanese fabrics from Rakuten Japanese site. Guide – Shopping for fabrics on Rakuten
- Buying fabrics in Singapore – Fabric and Book shopping in Singapore (and other cute Japanese stuff)
- Buying fabrics in Sapporo – Fabric Shopping in Sapporo
Step 3. Making
- How to make introduction – The how-to-make sections usually start with the size chart and special points to take note of. Some even include basic sewing techniques you need to know before starting on a sewing project. Most importantly, you need to locate the size chart and decide which size to make – See a How-To-Make introduction page with the size chart with translations of the terms in the chart.
- Identify the project you want to make, and look for the instruction. Also, locate and trace the patterns – How to make – Choose size, locate instructions and trace the patterns
- Now you have the patterns, see what a standard Japanese sewing pattern is like – Understanding a typical Japanese sewing pattern
- Read through a working example to see how you can understand it using the most basic terms – Understanding the instructions – working example
- Dictionary of Japanese Sewing Terms with a handy PDF download that you can print out for reference while sewing.
- Dictionary of Fabric names translated from Japanese
- Step by step photos of sewing projects – Sew alongs
- Japanese Sewing Books’ Youtube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/JapaneseSewingBooks
- List of translations I’ve done as requested by readers. You might find your patterns here! – Translation Requests
This page will be updated whenever I add something new, so do bookmark this page and check it often!
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