Have you been waiting for me to review this book since you saw me post its arrival on Instagram? Ever since I started blogging about monthly new releases, I have been increasingly drawn to shopping directly from amazon.co.jp. (I’m not an affiliate to amazon.co.jp by the way, in case you were wondering) But I use it a lot to look out for new books. Sometimes you can find new books listed on amazon.co.jp that are not even listed on the book publishers own website.
Out of the many new releases from the recent months, I picked 4, and hoped they were good, since being new releases they usually don’t have the “Look inside” feature so I have to rely on descriptions. Judging a book by its cover is quite a difficult thing! 😛 But I played safe with two of my choices – Cucito and Pochee are may sewing magazine staples, and they take months to get to my local bookstores, so I bought them online. I will be reviewing all of them over the next few weeks, starting with this one.
Clothes for girls that I want to make
Lots of easy wearing clothes for active young ladies. I love how some of the styles and even fabric choices are quite adult looking, but so adorable on the little girls. The book is divided into 3 main sections
1. One piece/dresses
2. Co-ordinates – tops & bottoms
3. All season wear (with fur accessories)
Sizes from 90-130cm. There are also 3 projects that include size 80cm. The yoke dress (on the cover), back button dress and long bloomer pants (I have highlighted them below)
size 80cm included for this dress pattern
I love this fabric, but it kinds of hides the main feature of the dress – there is a front button placket, can you see it?
I love these little dresses, very simple and comfortable. It’s called the Relax dress.
ETA (May 2017) I made one in Art gallery knit!
Section 2 features co-ordinating tops and bottoms
size 80cm included for this pants pattern
The title of the third section is about “all season fur goods”. It’s not all about fur though, what it actually includes, are patterns that you can use for both Spring and Winter, simply by changing the materials/accessories but using the same pattern.
Light coat for spring time.
Perfect for spring!
Layer up and add on a thick cozy scarf made out of knitted fabric. What is knitted fabric? The book source pointed to a physical store and a manufacturer (Naka CO Pte Ltd) but I couldn’t find it listed there, so I googled for knit fabrics and found this picture on Selvage Blog which actually credits the Japanese fabric to Miss Matatabi’s store. The knit pattern on the fabric above looks different of course, but I am guessing it is a similar type of fabric, where the fabric actually looks like it was knitted. That would be an awesome shortcut to knitting!
Size chart for this book
The first column on the left indicates – height, bust, waist, hip.
There is only one project that has a detailed, full color, step by step sewing lesson. That’s for the dress on the cover of the book.
For the rest of the projects, this is the standard layout for the how-to-make section. Every step is explained using a diagram.
Close up of one of the diagrams.
2 sheets of actual size pattern paper attached.
Title : 作ってあげたい、女の子の洋服
ISBN No : 978-4-529-05296-2
Author : 美濃羽まゆみ Minohane Mayumi
Publisher : Nihon-Vogue
This book is serious full of stuff I want to make. I think I am going to start with the relax dress. How about you?