Browsing the archives for the Guides category

Girls Qi Pao (Chinese Dress) Sew Along Day 2

Ok so I did discover a mistake myself while preparing the sewing video. I left out the zip in the list of materials! So here the is the list of materials again, with the zip lengths included. Materials (in order of sizes 98 / 110 / 122 / 134) 1. Outer Fabric (based on 90cm wide fabric […]

Where to buy – online sources for Japanese Sewing Books

I get a lot of questions about where to buy Japanese sewing books and magazines, so I decided to compile a list here.  This list is only for online shops as I think it will be more useful for now compared to a list of physical stores. Click on the above images to buy these […]


Directions to nani IRO Atelier


While the memory is still fresh in my mind, I thought it would be useful to jot down the directions to the nani IRO Atelier in Osaka. Some of you who might be heading to Osaka for a holiday might find it useful if you are going fabric shopping. It is definitely worth a visit […]

eBook Review – Tokyo Craft Guide


Usually on Thursdays, I like to share fabric finds, or post about fabric shopping. But I just had to do this eBook review today because it is totally relevant to fabric + craft shopping! You must have heard about the Tokyo Craft Guide by now, for those of you who have already bought it, I […]

Guide – Shopping for fabrics on Rakuten


Talk about procastination. After the flurry of requests last week about how to buy fabrics from Rakuten, I dug out this old draft that I started in February! Before I begin, I must emphasize that this may not be the cheapest way to get the fabrics because of the additional shipping costs and administration fee […]

Fabric Shopping in Sapporo

My third trip to Sapporo and I think I should write about my favourite fabric shop in Sapporo. The shop is called カナリヤKanariya. They have shops selling fabrics as well as ready made clothes. There are quite a number of branches but today I will be talking about their main store that is near Odori […]

Fabric and Book shopping in Singapore (and other cute Japanese stuff)

Instead of talking about fabrics today, I am writing an ad-hoc post on where to buy Japanese sewing books and fabric shopping in Singapore. I have been asked this quite a lot both on this blog and my other blog, so I thought I would use this chance to list down the places that I […]

Browse Japanese Craft Books online


Today’s link is not for a free pattern, but an amazing discovery. It’s not a new thing but I had no idea it existed till last week! It’s a really useful website for me because firstly, it is from my favourite Japanese sewing books publisher Nihon Vogue. Secondly, it allows me to browse through the […]

Fabric names translated from Japanese

I come across many comments while surfing for Japanese Sewing Books, that Japanese patterns are very pretty, the photos in the books are gorgeous, but the results always look shapeless and sometimes pajama like? Not true. First of all, there are books with properly fitted bodices/dresses that are not loose and airy. It’s just that […]

Understanding the instructions – working example

It’s been a quiet week on the blog, because we are celebrating Chinese New Year over here in Singapore. Only two days of public holidays but many people have taken leave because there is so much partying to do. Will be back in full force next week. In the meantime, one of my friends needed […]