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Winner of Giveaway from Modes4U

November 18, 2014

And the winner of this awesome fabric bundle sponsored by is… *drumroll*….


Jamie Bair! 

Congratulations Jamie, I will be in touch with you soon via email so that can send you your prize.


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


Giveaway – Fabric Bundle from Modes4U

October 31, 2014

It’s time for another great giveaway! This time round, you stand to win a wonderful fabric bundle from the kind folks at Modes4U.

Modes4U is an online shop selling all kinds of cute stuff, many imported from Japan and their selection is just simply out of this world! They have all the cute character goods from Sanrio and San-x, Stationery, Arts and Crafts, Bento boxes and accessories… the list goes on. Best of all, they ship worldwide and offer Free Shipping above a certain amount! Oh, and did I mention they sell fabrics too?

So as part of “research” I had to do some (browser) window shopping, I found a number of irresistable fabric prints. These by the way, are not part of the giveaway, just sharing my favourite finds 🙂 Will come to the giveaway items in a while…


Tiny Dancer by Kokka 


Travel Fabric from A Toy Chest collection by Eri Tasaka for Kokka
This is a panel fabric where you can use different parts of the fabric as co-ordinating pieces in your bags.


Love this color combination!
Poplin fabric with small birds and  triangle print from Echino



Those of you who have asked me about purchasing Japanese print laminates, they have quite a selection of laminate fabrics from Echino.


I can never resist a Matryoshka doll print. This is a canvas fabric by Cosmo, great for making bags. But what I like most about it is the color combination. Rather unusual and different from the usual pinks and purples I would choose. But very striking!

There are lots more to be found on their website. They carry other fabric imports from USA as well, but the main Japanese fabric lines imported are from KokkaEchino and Cosmo.

and now, the moment you have all been waiting for.

The details of the Giveaway!

Modes4U will be kindly sponsoring ONE big prize of 9 fat quarters of Japanese fabric including Christmas fabric, echino and some cute designs:




1. Pink Canvas Fabric with leopards, lizards, bugs, butterflies and eagles in flower ornaments from Echino
2. Dobby weave cotton Mt Fuji fabric from Cosmo
3. Yellow Canvas Fabric with Polka Dots and Buck Stag with Glasses from Echino
4. White Oxford Fabric with Cat Prints from Kokka
5. Red Christmas Fabric with Snowman,Reindeer,Matryoshka prints from Cosmo
6. Blue Cotton fabric Alice in Wonderland Fabric from Cosmo
7. Lightweight Cotton Sateen with Green Triangles, Birds and Silver decorations from Echino
8. Red Canvas Fabric with Retro Roller Skates stars with red and pink stripes from Kokka
9. Pink Christmas Fabric with Christmas Tree Ornaments by Cosmo

 To enter, just do the following :

1) Visit, browse through the store, and post your favorite items as a comment below.

2) Extra entries for people who Like/Follow Modes4U on Facebook or Pinterest.
Facebook page:

3) Extra entries for people who blog about this giveaway and include link to giveaway +

One comment per entry please, include your FB and Pinterest names in the same comment if you have done #2. Include the link to your blog post about this giveaway if you have done #3.
The giveaway will run from today 31st October to 16th November 23:59 UTC.
Good luck and have fun!
This giveaway has ended. Thank you for participating!



Winner of Japan Lovely Crafts giveaway

September 15, 2014


Thank you all for your support and participation. We know many of you are great fans of Japanese Sewing Books and Japan Lovely Crafts but unfortunately we can only pick 1 winner!

and the winner is…… Caroline C Tan!
Caroline, we will be contacting you by email to get your contact details.

For those who didn’t win this time, no worries, there is another giveaway coming up next month, so do keep a look out for it. The only clue I can give away right now is that it will not be a book, but it is the most important component for any sewing project! 🙂



Giveaway from Japan Lovely Crafts

September 3, 2014

It has been a while since we had a giveaway on the blog. It’s about time! Those of you who have been to my blog must have noticed my sponsor’s banner Japan Lovely Crafts on the right sidebar.  Japan Lovely Crafts is an Etsy store run by the very lovely Nobuko who is based in Japan and therefore has the best source to all your favourite Japanese sewing patterns, crochet patterns, masking tape, felting kits, fabric etc… basically all things kawaii!  If you are looking for any items not listed in the store, you can always email her with your requests and suggestions as well.


When Nobuko offered to sponsored a giveaway, she even asked me to browse through her store to select the book for the giveaway. I got distracted and sidetracked by the lovely things in her store.


Check out this cheery colorful cloud deco tape. More deco tapes here,


this book that teaches you how to draw Sanrio characters!


and this Japanese DIY needle wool felt kit featuring seal brothers. Melting from the cuteness!

But I digress…. the giveaway is about a book, a Japanese sewing book. I finally decided on this book because I have the same book and I’ve even reviewed it before  so I know it will be a useful one for you. The book is targeted at first timers, but whether or not you are a first timer, you will benefit from the detailed sewing lessons which are displayed in step by step photographs. Especially helpful if you can’t read Japanese 🙂


The book includes projects for tops, pants, skirts



The sizes included in the book (Left column states Bust/Waist/Hip)



For more pictures from this book, check out my book review here

Now for the important information. To participate in the giveaway, you just have to leave a comment below this post. It’s that simple because I’ve had past giveaways where readers who do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts feeling left out. However, for those of you who are active on social media or are even bloggers, you can earn additional chances to win!

For additional chances to win, you can do one (or more) of the following

1. Like Japan Lovely Craft’s page on Facebook  – please leave your FB username with your comment.
2. Follow Japan Lovely Craft on Twitter – please leave your Twitter username with your comment.
3. Like Japanese Sewing Book’s page on Facebook – please leave your twitter username with your comment.
4. If you are a blogger, you can blog about the giveaway, feel free to use the banner below – please leave the link to your blog in the comment.
One comment per person please, you don’t have to create a separate comment for each additional chance to win.
The contest will run from now till
13 September 2014 8am (Singapore time UTC+8 hours)
GMT – Midnight between Friday, 12 September 2014 and Saturday, 13 September 2014
EDT – Friday, 12 September 2014 at 8:00:00 PM
Good Luck!