Book Review and Giveaway – Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids – Now in English

November 14, 2014

If you have been following my site faithfully for the past few years, you may remember the balloon dress sew-along from this book two years ago? I know many of you purchased the Japanese version upon my recommendation and created beautiful balloon dresses (the one shown on the cover) and made other dresses from it as well. Those of you who hesitated because of the language barrier, you have no excuse now because the book has finally been translated into English!


The book is named Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids – 21 Patterns for Simple Separates and Comfortable Layers, and published by Roost Books.


The book opens up to reveal one actual size pattern sheet attached to the inner cover, the other sheet attached to the back cover. Slightly different from the Japanese version where they attached both at the back of the book. The patterns are for sizes 4-7 (which corresponds to 100-130cm according to the Japanese version)


For those of you who have not seen the book in Japanese, here is a photo summary of the 21 patterns you will be getting in this book.

The patterns are divided into two broad categories : Spring & Summer, Autumn & Winter. All the patterns you need all year round!


In the above photo, you can see how the Spring and Summer pieces are all light and comfy, suitable for layering in the cooler months of Spring and also wearable on their own as single pieces in Summer. The photos are taken in such a way to show you not just the individual pieces, but how you can mix and match the co-ordinates to create different looking outfits.


Here’s one of my favorite dresses. The Dual Yoke Dress. I made two of these for my girls and it is super comfortable for playing in. (See my version below in gingham check)

more photos of this dress on my other blog


Jodhpur-Style Pants uses a drawstring waist for easy wearing, but with a lovely button cuff detail that makes it look more like a pair of going out pants that just casual lounge pants.


Ribbon-Back Tunic and Sleeveless Blouse

Some more light and airy tops great for layering on. I love the soft look created by these sheer fabrics. The description says its a cotton linen fabric. But I can never find such nice fabrics here. The cotton linens we have here are rather thick and hardly sheer, more like linen with a cotton blended in than these nice sheer ones.

You may think these tops look pretty plain, but turn to the back and see the pretty ribbon tie detail (below)



Ribbon Embellished Dress

Next up, a very simple dress with a ribbon embellished yoke. You can’t really tell from the picture because of the color of the fabric, but there are two pockets on the front of the dress.


A very cute casual Stand-Collar Shirt with gathers details where the sleeve meets the shoulder seam, as well as top stitch details down the two centre front panels.


To go with the stand collar shirt, or to dress up a plain t-shirt, add on a Collared Vest, complete with an adjustable buckle on the back as well as welt pockets (unfortunately there are no details on how to attach the welt pockets?!! But this is not the fault of the translation, the original book in Japanese did not go into details about how to make welt pockets as well. I suppose you have to figure this out on your own or refer to online tutorials)

Let’s move on to the Autumn & Winter section.



I love these Hooded Ponchos! I am imagining one in red 🙂 Or even in cotton laminates for a rain poncho!


A pretty Yoke Panel Skirt which you can layer on over warm leggings for Winter or make it in linen/lawn for Spring & Summer seasons.


This picture features the Fleece Hat + Coat Dress . The Coat Dress can be worn as a dress or a coat. This one is made in linen but I guess you can make a nice heavy coat using this pattern with wool as well.


Knickerbocker Puffed Pants

I just adore the pants in this book, they are all designed for ease of movement, but unlike the usual baggy pants, most of the pants designs include pretty girly details such as gathers, yoke panel and cuffs.


Pullover Dress

A Shirt dress with a front yoke and pleats, play with the color of the contrasting panel to make it your own!


An Elbow Patch Jacket

This warm jacket is made out of linen/wool and features cute contrasting elbow patches behind the elbows.  I know you can’t see it from this picture but I really wanted to show you the front instead because it looks so cute and grown-upsy


A Sailor Collar Pullover



Stay nice and toasty in this Hooded Scarf. A Scarf and Hood all in one piece!

Now for the technical details. The size chart for this book.


Note that everything is in inches only. There are no cm equivalents.

The how-to-make section starts off with 2 pages of basic sewing techniques, like Making Bias Tape, Hemming, Making String Ties, Gathers, Patch Pockets and Attaching Sleeves.


The how-to-make for each project follows the same standard formula. Note that other than the size chart, you should also refer to the Finished Measurements for the garment which is the first thing mentioned for each set of pattern instructions.




Note that the measurements are only in inches (See cutting layout diagram above)


Close up of the diagrams.


The other pattern piece that is attached to the back cover.


The very generous folks over at Roost Books are offering the readers of a chance to win a copy of this awesome book.

To win this, simply leave a comment below and tell us which of the above garments you would love to sew! 

Extra chances will be given for the following :
1. Like Roost Books on Facebook –
2. Like Japanese Sewing Books on Facebook –

This Giveaway is now over, Thank you for participating!

For those of you who can’t wait any longer for the giveaway to get your hands on your own copy, you can always purchase your own copy (click on book cover image below) as it is already available on Amazon.

Available now on Amazon

Title : Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids
Author : Akiko Mano
ISBN : 978-1-61180-158-3

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  • T.K. Rivas November 14, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Hi, I preodered this book on Amazon and I just got it this Monday. I’m so excited! I bought it because of your review of the Japanese version! I will make the hooded scarf for my daughter as winter is coming! This is such a lovely book! Thanks for the review. Blessings, T.Ka.

  • Nikola November 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Oooooh. I think I can see the hooded poncho for my daughter in the Nani Iro brushed cotton blue fruity pocho. How awesome would that be for winter.

  • Sharon Yeung November 14, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I love to sew hooded ponchos for my twin nephews (2 pairs of twins) and 2 nieces! So I’m gonna make 6 pieces!!!

  • Jane November 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I have this book translated into French which I don’t speak and I have to translate every instruction on google. It was a nightmare and took me forever to make the balloon dress which I eventually did! It was beautiful, hope I don’t have to do any more like this by winning the book!!

  • Tina November 14, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hi, I like the whole collection, but would start with the knickerbocker cuffed pants. They are so cute
    I like you on Facebook

  • Karen W. November 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

    There are several pieces I would like to make, but I would start with the Collared Vest.

  • Nur November 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I love all. But my favourite is dual yoke dress.

  • Jana Machado November 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

    I’d make the hooded poncho! I also can imagine it in a beautiful and colorful cotton fabric! Thank you for the giveaway! I always like to check your book reviews!

  • EmSewCrazy November 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I just liked you on Facebook! Can’t believe I hadn’t done that already!
    Oh my! These are all so super cute! The balloon dress is lovely but so are those adorable pants and the sailor collar pullover!
    Thanks for a chance to win this lovely book!

  • Leah November 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Oh how beautiful are these patterns! I would just love to make the jodhpur pants for my two little nephews.

  • Bonnie November 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I like Roost Books on Facebook.
    I like Japanese Sewing Books on Facebook.
    I’d start with the shawl collared vest but I wouldn’t be able to stop there!

  • christina November 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I like japanese sewing books on Facebook too
    I’d sew the balloon dress, of course! And the puffed knickerbocker pants would be cute with tights now that it’s winter. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  • joey November 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    like japanese sewing books in fb
    Definitely the balloon dress

  • Rita November 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I want to make the stand collar shirt for both my kids! 🙂 I love Japanese books!

  • nushechka November 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I like Roost Books on Facebook.
    I like Japanese Sewing Books on Facebook.
    I like the poncho

  • Polly Brown November 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    These are simply beautiful clothes. And not a pink, ruffly thing among them! Love it!

  • janet November 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I love all the patterns but will start with pattern D.

  • Nicki November 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    i love the knickerbockers and would make them first! I like you on Facebook too 🙂

  • shannon November 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I love the dress on the cover! I would probably make that.

  • Ana November 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Japanese sewing books and farbrics, they can make you change your life 🙂 Sailor Collar Pullover, like it.

  • C Lee November 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I would absolutely love to make than adorable balloon dress! Hopefully, it’s easy enough for a novice sewer. I am so glad I found this website because these styles of clothes are exactly what I have been looking for and can’t find in stores, so I am trying to learn to make them myself.

  • endah November 15, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Oh i want to make A Sailor Collar Pullover for my first daughter. She like to wear jaket when she go to school.

  • Jan c. November 15, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I would start with the puffed pants shorts, but I love all the designs. I like you both on fb. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  • Rebecca November 15, 2014 at 12:38 am

    I own this book already and have made the dual collar dress and several tops. Oh my to see it in english what a difference. I would love to have the english version to read, it looks so easy to use verses the one I have. thank you

  • Ana Sofia November 15, 2014 at 4:10 am

    Such a lovely book 🙂 A silk Bubble dress and matching hooded poncho would be my choice!

  • Sally November 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

    I would make multiples of the H shirt for my son & daughter, who are both fair skinned and need cool, lightweight sun protection in the summer. Always looking for simple patterns for wovens for this reason.

  • Cynthia November 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Bubble dress, poncho, hooded scarf and fleece hat — just in time for the chilly weather!

  • Veronika November 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I want to make so many! That hooded scarf is so awesome!! And the dresses, and poncho and skirt too 🙂

  • Kristy November 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I also “like” Japanese Sewing Books on facebook. Thanks for the chance at this lovely book!
    I “like” Roost Books on facebook!
    I would love to sew the Sailor Collar Pullover. So sweet!

  • Sarah November 15, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I would like to make that yoke skirt for my daughter.

  • Shannon November 15, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I Like Japanese Sewing Books on Facebook (Shannon Hiebs)
    I Like Roost Books on Facebook (Shannon Hiebs)
    I love the coat dress. They r all so cute!

  • Tina Limpert November 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I would definitely make the coat dress! So happy to have the English translation of this fabulous book!

  • Warida November 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I liked you on facebook. I would love to make the bubble dress from the cover and the sailor jacket.

  • YM November 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for yet another great review! I’d love to make the bubble dress for my girl 🙂 Japanese sewing books is also on my “Like” list in Facebook!

  • Amanda November 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    The balloon dress!!!

  • Nicola November 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Beautiful patterns! My favourite is the dual-yoke dress, but I’m also going to make the hood, the hood/scarf, and the ribbon-embellished dress. Lovely! And thank you for a great review.

  • Adriana Oliveira November 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    it is sooo hard to pick just one, I want to make them all for my upcoming daughter 🙂 If I had to choose, I’d say the Ribbon embellished dress, it’s to cute!
    Thank you for the opportunity! I’ve already liked both Facebook pages as well.

  • Jowyn Jenson November 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    I like Japanese Sewing Books on Facebook.
    I like Roost Books on Facebook.
    I’d love to make the ribbon embellished dress. Adorable.

  • Melanie Graham November 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I love the capes, sailor pullover and the shirt pullover! Great to read the reviews.

  • Catalina November 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I would start with the Sailor Collar Pullover. I like Roost Books and Japanese Sewing Books on Facebook

  • S November 16, 2014 at 12:48 am

    The dress on the cover is adorable

  • Tomomi McElweee November 16, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I wish I have made some dresses in this book when my daughter was small. Lovely!

  • Janene November 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I would love to make the Knickerbocker Puffed Pants for my daughter – Currently I am making her a doll. TO make the clothes for the doll I am using the same materials and patterns – I am sure these would look great on both her and the doll!
    Thanks – love the site!

  • Dimitar Kolev November 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I liked you on facebook/ roostbooks too / !
    I would love to sew ‘hooded scarf’
    Everything look so interesting!!!

  • Debbie-Lee Sorensen November 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    The knickerbocker puffed pants!!!!! Definitely. Gorgeous. x

  • Dieni November 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I love the balloon dress soo much, I think I’d want to try that for my daughter. And also the sailor collar pullover. Oh and the yoke panel skirt. ;)))
    I’m ur follower in facebook. Thanks for the chance, Yifarn! 🙂

  • Deepa Thomas November 17, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I liked Roost Books on FB as well! Thanks for the lovely giveaway ! I am a big fan of your blog even though I haven’t commented before .
    I would love to see my daughter in the Peter pan collared blouse, sewn up in a soft white linen, and the Jodhpur style pants in a nice chambray solid.

  • Jill Miller November 17, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I would love to make the Jodhpur-Style pants and the Ribbon-Back Tunic. So cute!

  • Virginia November 17, 2014 at 5:54 am

    The yoke skirt would be so handy, and the hooded poncho is gorgeous! I hope I would make that!

  • Amanda November 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Love the balloon dress!

  • Annika November 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, such beautiful patterns. I would most likely sew the Elbow Patch Jacket. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nilda November 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Fingers crossed.

  • Sarah J. November 18, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I love all the dresses- so comfy and classic! I am also in love with the elbow patch jacket- just beautiful! This book is on my wislist! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Julie November 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I also Follow Japanese Sewing Books on FB 🙂
    I Like Roost Books on FB 🙂
    I think I would start with the coat dress!! Ooooh my how I love the look of that one!! 🙂

  • marisa November 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This book looks fantastic! I didn’t know it was being published in English – how exciting. I would make a ribbon-tie blouse and the skirt with the yoke. So sweet.

    Oh, and i ‘liked’ you on facebook, and Roost books too 🙂

    (this is my millionth time trying to comment – computer problems – so apologies if you get multiple comments from me)

  • kasia November 18, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I would love to sew the dress from the cover, exactly in the same color. And afterwards, I would sew just the same one for me!

  • Nina Fuentes November 20, 2014 at 8:33 am

    so hard to choose which one to do first! I think I will do the balloon dress first!

  • GwenVK November 20, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Hard to choose but the hooded poncho looks fun!

  • Di November 20, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Loving the hooded cape/poncho!

  • Sherreen Goh November 20, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I would love to sew the balloon dress for my daughter!!

  • Pam November 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh there are so many & I have used your Japanese books before & loved the patterns. But in English it may be quicker 🙂

    Love to make the Jodhpur-Style-Pants as I know my grand daughter would love them.

  • Flaw November 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

    My personal favourite is the pullover dress. Simply adorable!! I really enjoy the unique character of each garment and how the textiles look. High fashion photoshoot for the little ones <2

  • Rinda Sjarif November 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hello Yi Farn,

    Thank you for always sharing good stuff! And i am encouraged to see your passion in sewing (especially Japanese Dresses).

    I have liked Roost Book on FB.

    Lets give it another try, although i know i always unlucky to win any give-away; i would love to try sewing the Ribbon Embellished Deess and Hooded Ponco for my youngest girl.

    I have seenthe jap version of this copy, all of them are so lovely!

    Hope i will win this book.

    Thank you and Happy Holiday!


  • Norah Ho November 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The garment I’d like to make is the oh-so-cute balloon dress featured on the cover. 🙂 I have liked Roost Books and your FB page. Thank you for the chance.

  • Teri November 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

    i would love to make the coat dress. and i’ve loved your blog for years + liked your fb for some time now.

    thank you and happy holidays!

  • Hitomi Allen November 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hi there,
    I have been a big fun of the author, Akiko Mano. I am very excited to know that I can purchase her book here in the US too!! I love to sew all of them but I have to say Balloon Dress is my favorite!

  • Abby November 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    l have never sew any clothes before. Hopefully with this book l will able to make one soon. Thanks for the giveaway!
    (l already your follower on FB)

  • Lucia November 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I lve this book!
    I’d like to sew two warm coat dresses for my girls!
    Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂
    Kisses from Italy!

  • Sarah November 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love all the patterns! But I think I’d start with the ribbon embellished dress…

  • alessia November 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I love the standup collar shirt! I’d make one for myself too 😉
    Thanks for your brilliant blog, it inspires me so much!
    Love XXX

  • Sharon Michelle November 20, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Id make the balloon dress and hooded poncho’s for my two small nieces – I’m sure I’ll make more of the patterns too if I win/buy the book 🙂 @sharonmwebster (Twitter)

  • Carla Gama November 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I would start with the Yoke Panel Skirt. My daughter would love it. And then, the so cute Hooded Poncho!
    Thank you for this giveaway! Would love to receive this book. I am a fan of both Facebook pages.

  • Peggie November 21, 2014 at 12:19 am

    l like japanese sewing book and roost book on FB =)
    All patterns are lovely. Would love to try the elbow patch jacket.

  • Yeka November 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I’d sew the coat dress and knick puff pants. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Christina Perez November 21, 2014 at 1:14 am

    I would love to sew up the elbow patch jacket!

  • janet lee November 21, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I love sailor collars and am even working on that style top now (for myself)! Of course l’d love to make the sailor top in this book for my neice.

  • Anne November 21, 2014 at 7:28 am

    first, I would sew the Elbow Patch Jacket for my girl, then the Collared Vest or the Reversible Vest for my little boy, and for sure the balloon dress for next summer !! Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Kath November 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I’d love to make all of these but it would have to be my little girl who chooses which one I make first!

  • Erika November 21, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    All the pieces are gorgeous, but the Elbow Patch Jacket got my attention 🙂

  • Nuria November 22, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Ribbon-back tunic or Jodhpur-style pants….oh my god…it’s so hard!!!