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Magazine review – Sewing Pochee Spring 2014

April 15, 2014

It’s time for Spring sewing! With Sewing Pochee magazine vol.17.


Main feature of this issue – Dresses and Tunics. Other than sewing for adults, there are also sewing for accessories like bags, wallets, hair accessories, as well as some kids patterns. Let’s take a look!


Zakka craft feature – Metal frame purses patterns and a 2 page sewing lesson with full color step-by-step photographs.


Apron dresses for everyday wear



Love the use of leather straps on this one!

Tunic dresses – there were lots of tunic dresses, about 12 patterns in all, so I am only picking out my favourites to show you.


Gathered tiered tunic



I’m not really a fan of the fabric used on this but I like the pleats and ribbon tie, plus there is a 4 page detailed sewing lesson for this particular tunic.



Interspersed between the projects  are interesting little features like this one about the sewing machines used by famous sewing bloggers/authors of sewing books. Recognize any of them?


A peek into the behind the scenes at Check & Stripe Fabrics.


More sewing projects : Bags and wallets for Springtime!


Remember the book review on Fuko Basics I did last week? I know many of you are in love with that book and the designs. There are adult versions for 2 of the projects made in that book.


The white pleated blouse,


and the relax dress that I love so much! I need to buy a whole lot of knit fabric to make 3 of these for me and my girls 🙂


and look, there’s a Men’s Polo Shirt pattern as well! Unfortunately there is only one size – Free Size.
According to the pattern instructions, the finished dimensions of the shirt are
Chest – 102cm, Length – 68cm.

Next up – matching outfits for Mum and Kids.




Matching tiered gathered dress designed by NANATONE


There are also some cute outfits for kids, like this little sailor shirt for boys (by hahaco of


Gathered Culottes by petit etalage

Here are the size charts for the projects included. All units are in cm.


The table on the top is for Adult (Ladies),  Leftmost column – Bust/Waist/Hip/Height (based on 160cm for all sizes)
The table below is for Kids,  Leftmost column – Height/Bust/Waist/Hip

Other than the detailed sewing lessons, the rest of the project instructions look like this. Not full color, but the shading helps in identifying right and wrong sides of the fabric.



A closer look at the diagrams


2 large actual size pattern sheets attached.

PLUS, an exciting announcement for a new craft magazine called tukutte that will be out in April!  The magazine is published every two months and the most exciting thing about it is that every issue inclues a handicraft kit.


The list of free kits lined up for next year is already listed!


Can’t wait to get my hands on it. I sure hope they don’t leave the kit out for overseas shipping.


 Title : Sewing Pochee Spring 2014
ISBN : 978-4-529-05316-7
Publisher : Nihon-Vogue


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  • Reply Jennifer August 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Hi, Chance upon your blog today by chance. I do collect some cotton friend magazines (chinese version). Do you know if Pochee 2014 come in Chinese version. It would be easier to go thru the material in chinese or english.

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books August 20, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Hi Jennifer, Sad to say but I don’t think so, I haven’t seen Pochee in chinese at all.

  • Reply Bundawidya Sew September 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Very interesting!
    I never had chance to flip nor read Pochee. Looks like it covered good projects just like Cotton Friends (?), isn’t it?

    And your information about Tukutte tackle my fancy too. 🙂 tq!

  • Reply Mardee July 16, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Hi, I was wondering where the best place to order Pochee – I’ve found some copies on Ebay and Etsy – even Amazon, but it’s not consistent. Is there anyplace I can go to order the books as they’re released?

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books July 20, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Hi Mardee,
      Unfortunately, this magazine is no longer being published. The last edition is this one. Vol 17 Spring 2014. 🙁 Official statement from their publisher’s website (if you have Google translate you can view it in English)

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