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The Last Cucito Magazine

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Last September, I bought this magazine – Cucito Fall 2014. It was lying on my desk with a pile of other Japanese sewing books for review and when I came to it, I thought it was quite late into the Fall season to review this. There were patterns for Halloween which was over by that time. […]

Book Review – Sewing for your girls (Sewing Recipe in English)

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3 years ago I bought this book while holidaying in Japan, called Sewing Recipe for Girls, by one of my favourite author/pattern designer Yoshiko Tsukiori 月居良子. There is also an adult version of this book called Sewing Recipe. The books are designed to function not merely as pattern books, but also serves as reference books as […]

Book Review – Mens Wear

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You know the saying Once in a blue moon? Today is one of those days, for we have a new sewing book for the guys! The book is called Basic Style Menswear for sizes S-XXL (5 sizes), All seasons mens casual wear.  There are a few shirts sewing books for Men, and some patterns scattered […]

Book Review – Sewing and Crochet magazine

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I picked up the crocheting bug a few years ago when looking for winter patterns. Crocheting is a very therapeutic hobby and very portable as well since you can’t lug a sewing machine everywhere you go. So when I saw this new magazine – Sewing & Crochet, I knew I had to get it since […]

Girly Style Wardrobe – Now in English

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Yay! Another book by Yoshiko Tsukiori has been translated to English by Laurence King. This time it’s for the girls. We’ve seen many of her adult sewing books being translated to English, but Yoshiko Tsukiori has authored many books for girls as well. I was so excited to hear that this was translated to English […]

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

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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 […]

Book Review – Straight Line Sewing Dress and Tunics for Ladies

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This week’s book review is about Straight Line Sewing (again!) It’s a relatively new book, just published in June this year. I’ve seen and even bought quite a number of these straight line sewing books so it’s not a new concept, but what I really like about this one is the design and styling of […]

Book Review – Handmade Bag Basics

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I picked up this book from the Kinokuniya sale over the National Day weekend. It is a book about the basics of handmade bags and it’s great for beginners! This book is split up into 3 main sections. The first section is more like a textbook, and goes through all the basics you need to […]

Book Review – The Best Dresses

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I’m sorry for posting later and later into the week. I have been bogged down by work earlier this week and hopefully next week will be back to normal. My list of translation requests is growing too (sorry to keep you waiting!) and I’ve been wanting to do up some sewing videos too, but just […]

Book Review – Clean and Natural

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I’m back from vacation! It was really great to get away for one whole week, not having to check my email from work was really stress relieving and the cool temperatures of Adelaide was a welcome change from the searing hot weather we’ve been having for the past month. We stayed in a lovely seaside […]