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Book Review – Shapes you can wear – Katachinofuku

October 26, 2018


Today’s book review is for a book that is not very new, but one I have bought for quite some time simply out of curiosity 😂. I did actually want to try it though, and I did!

cover

The pattern designer is Asuka Hamada, author of Piece Work. Her style is very quirky and usually not tight fitting, but I like them because they look modern and fun and very stylish, I just wasn’t sure if it would suit me. But anyway, it was the top on the cover that made me buy the book (as usual), since I buy all my books online. It is a round shape, sewn up leaving two holes for the arms and one for the head. Looks easy!

The title of the book is called Katachi no fuku – where katachi å½¢ means shapes, and fuku means clothes. So I loosely translate it to Shapes you can wear! Sounds more fun isn’t it? Patterns include – tops/tunics/dresses/poncho/handbag/bags/skirts.

Let’s have a look at some of the more interesting pieces, and then to the book flip-through video.
roundpattern

The first one is similar to the one on the cover, and it is literally called 丸 (maru) which means round/circular/ball shape.

roundpatternworn

Doesn’t look that bad when worn as a tunic! I tink this is some kind of heavy wool so it looks extra cushy and comfy for winter.

The next (below) is a rectangular shape – hole in the middle for the head and sides sewn up leaving armholes.

rectangle

Ok maybe the model makes everything look good, but I want to try this one too!

rectangleworn

Here’s another shape. Using a square, you can make a poncho. The sleeves look a bit restrictive in the first picture, but it drapes rather nicely in the last picture.

4cornerponcho

Q

and this is the one I made!  There are two versions, the top one – P is a dress length, and the bottom Q is a top length. I like how the bottom corners drape. The cutting of this is still more in line with a traditional top, just that everything is cut out of one piece instead of having to join the sleeves. It was a very quick sew!

banzai

and I made this too! But I can’t show you this because it was made out of test fabric and I did not finish the raw edges, it seemed to wide for me though, so I will have to adjust the width a bit.

As for the size info – well, there is none. The book did mention it is suitable for sizes S-L though, but there is one size only – free size! However, seeing that it is made up of really simple shapes, it should be quite easy to scale the patterns?

techniques

In the how-to-make section, there is a couple of pages on sewing techniques, which you will use for all the projects.

 diagrams

A close up of the sewing diagram.

patterns

1 full size pattern sheet, double sided, is attached.

back

There are lots of other projects in the book so without further ado, here is the book flip through video!

Katachi no Fuku / Asuka Hamada

Title : Katachi no fuku
Author : Asuka Hamada
ISBN : 9784579115174

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