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New Releases – February 2018

February 14, 2018

Is it still cold where you are? Don’t worry, Spring is on the way! Time to get started on sewing for spring with these new and exciting new Japanese sewing book releases! Most of the books have not been released yet, so no links. I will add them in at the end of the month when they are available. But you can pre-order from using the ISBN numbers listed. Happy shopping! 🙂

Tomoe Shinohara is back with another “The Dress” book but this time for kids. For sizes 100-140cm. Her style is quirky, colorful and just kawaii! From the cover it seams that there are some boy patterns too.


Title : The Dress for Kids
Author : Tomoe Shinohara
ISBN No. : 978-4579116386
Release date : 23rd Feb 2018



I’m super excited about this one and I know many people are! This is the new book from Naomi Ito of nani IRO textiles. Her last pattern book was published in 2008 which was 10 years ago! This time, the patterns revolve around her newest 2018 collection which will be shipping at the end of the month. I am definitely preordering this book and will make something as soon as I receive those fabrics.

This book is for adults only, unlike the previous where there were patterns for kids as well. Sizes from S,ML, L, LL.


Just an excerpt from the contents page

This is one of the new fabrics – a jacquard weave which is nice and thick and suitable for coats. I will definitely be reviewing this book so look out for it!

Title : Atelier to Nani Iro’s sewing closet
Author : Naomi Ito
ISBN No. :978-4579116270
Release date : 23rd Feb 2018




A new book by a new designer, well, at least I couldn’t find any other books by her. This book is called 3-sided configuration (as written on the book). Well, the Japanese title is roughly translated to “the use of 3 pieces of pattern to form a 3D one piece dress”.

Title : 3 sided configuration
Author :Masuko Shinkawa
ISBN No. :978-4579116355
Release date : 23rd Feb 2018



Oooo I love this series! If you are into pattern drafting, this is a great series to own. Published by Bunka, the previous books in the series covered, tops, pants and skirts. Finally we are at dresses! 72 bodices, 29 sleeves, 29 collars – for an infinite number of designs! Ok if you really know math you know it’s not infinite but that is really a lot a lot of dresses you can make. Just an excerpt from the contents page.


Title : Pattern School – Dress edition
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. : 978-4579073481
Release date : 16th Feb 2018


The next 3 books are under the NHK sutekini handmade magazine label, but sold separately as books. I don’t know how this works, but if you are a fan of Yoshiko Tsukiori, you might want to check this out! The series is called Katagami book which basically means paper patterns. The books are divided into Pants, Coats, Dress and Tunics. Sizes 7-15. Unfortunately there are no preview pics so I’m not sure how many patterns or variations are included. But these are like thin books 16 pages each.


Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Pants
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. : 978-4579073481
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Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Coats
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. :978-4141992592
Release date : 19th Feb 2018



Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Dresses and Tunics
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. :978-4141992585
Release date : 19th Feb 2018



This new book by Check & Stripe will actually be released only in March, but from the preview pics it looks really nice!

Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Dresses and Tunics
Author : Kayoko Ishida
ISBN No. :978-4087808216
Release date : 5th March 2018


And for the periodicals, we have


Mrs Style Book – Spring edition


Cotton Friend Spring Edition
ASIN : B0788WV1VGsutekinihandmadefeb2018

NHK Sutekini Handmade Feb 2018


Cotton Time March Edition 2018
ASIN: B079B358D5

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Book Review – The Silhouette Permanent Dress

January 27, 2018

I spotted this book – The Silhouette Permanent Dress, just a few weeks ago while compiling the list of new book reviews. One of the dresses totally caught my eye, and if you followed me on Instagram you might have seen it already. It was released in October last year, and it seems pretty well reviewed on Amazon. The main headline on the book says that you can make an [everlasting] dress using 3 pieces of silhouette…. eh… what does that mean? Let’s find out in the book 🙂


I didn’t include the index page because it was all in Japanese, but anyway this is what the book is about. Based on three patterns using the basic shapes – A, I and X, you can make a whole variety of dresses that will last you for a long time. That basically what it means.  The book comes with patterns for 5 sizes 5,7,9,11,13 (These are Japanese sizes). Let’s see what the letters mean in terms of pattern shapes.

The first section is the A-shaped silhouettes. This simply means A-line. I think that’s quite straightforward. The A-shaped dresses are flared from shoulder to hem (As described in the introduction).


The A-line dresses come in a variety of sleeve styles – from cap sleeves, 3/4 length wide sleeves, half length flare sleeves, and 3/4 length tight sleeves (shown below)

The next section showcases the “I” shape dresses. –  This “I” silhouette actually refers to a princess cut, straight and slender shape. I think the picture below shows it best. All the “I” dresses come with side panels, which you can choose whether or not to have in contrasting fabric.


The last section is for “X” shaped silhouettes. This is basically a princess seam plus flare skirt, in a one piece dress with no waist joining lines. The sleeve options across all three sections are pretty similar. Cap, half length, 3/4 lengths, tight or flare.


Of course, this is my favourite dress! I think it’s more common to see the main print on the front panel and solids for the sides but this is the other way round. You may have noticed by now that the fabric plays a very important part in the look of the dresses. The dress above is made of grosgrain fabric (グログラン). I only knew of grosgrain ribbons. I had no idea it came in fabric as well! Apparently it is not that common and only used in brandname wear?


Just another X-shape dress with 3/4 flare sleeves. This is also made in grosgrain fabric. Look at the shine on the dress!

Want to see more? See all the dress variations in the book flip-through video below.

Now for some technical information.



Refer to the above table for the sizes included in the book. All measurements in cm.


Here’s a sample of the how to make page. At the bottom of each pattern page, there is also a size table for the finished dimensions of the dress.


There are no photos for instructions, but the good news is that the diagrams are pretty detailed and the diagrams are bigger than usual! There are some quite advanced techniques for dressmaking included that I find pretty useful. Most of the dresses are unlined (because the fabric used is quite thick), but the insides are finished with facing. There are also detailed instructions for zip attachments, darts sewing and sewing skirt vents (for the I shape dresses) I think this is definitely a go-to book if I need to make any formal looking or working dresses.

There is also a page on the author’s website, which lists down the full list of fabrics used for the dresses, and there is even an order form for the fabrics!


2 sheets of double printed full size pattern paper. It seems like the patterns are grouped by sizes instead of pattern numbers.


Title :  3つのシルエットで作る「永遠」のワンピース
The Silhouette Permanent Dress by Atelier Keisuzuki
Author : Kei Suzuki
ISBN Number :  978-4579116188

3 Tsu No Silhouette De Tsukuru "Eien" No One-piece / Suzuki Kei / Cho

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Japanese Sewing Books New Releases

New Releases – January 2018

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

After the long year end break, everyone must be dragging their feet to work and school. I felt the same way myself, after waking up way too early today to get the kids ready for school. So I think a little shopping is in order. I will get the New Year going by listing some of the new releases for the past few months, and a couple of books that will be released soon in Jan and Feb.

Disclaimer : There are some affiliate links included in the post below, especially those linked to cdJapan. There is no difference to the price you pay but I will get a small commission on the sale which helps me buy more books for reviewing purposes.

If it is not available on cdJapan I will also link it to either the publisher or where you can find more information/read reviews about the book. also lists books quite early which allows you to pre-order them before the official release dates as well.

Happy shopping!


Hand sewing book for Cute baby items. Easy for beginner Mummies.
ISBN : 978-4259565664
Note : this is a hand sewing book which means you do not need to use a machine. This probably means the focus will be on hand sewing techniques. But you can definitely use the patterns with a sewing machine as well.
release date February 2017 (available for pre-order on



The Silhouette Permanent Dress  by Kei Suzuki
ISBN No. : 978-4579116188
I am putting this book in my cart as I speak because this picture has already sold the book to me. From the excerpts, the book revolves around three main type of patterns, A, I and X and with these 3 pieces you can make a dress you can use forever/for eternity… I don’t know how it got translated to permanent but I think you get the idea.



Check&Stripe Special Sewing Book
ISBN : 978-4391640502

Check & Stripe books are always tempting to me, because of the clean visuals and photography. It makes everything look good! I cant remember how many Check & Stripe books I have in my collection already but unfortunately this one doesn’t seem so well reviewed on Amazon. You can try to view the translated reviews here. There are not only clothes but also handmade daily goods(zakka) items that you can make.divider



Dresses without Zips
ISBN : 978-4834745276
(literally dresses that do not need attachment of zips)
This is part of the Lady Boutique series of books, for sizes S,M,L




Handmade Zakka Living
ISBN : 9784259565619
By the author of Fu-ko basics series of books, this is a book dedicated to zakka, or handmade daily items.  This is another hand-sewing book which means there are patterns and instructions on hand sewing. I’ve always loved her style and was really tempted to buy this but it’s on backorder…. Maybe next cart then. ;P



Cotton Time 2018

Cotton Time welcomes the new year with a new calendar as usual. The Calendar contains 12 projects, one feature for each month. This will be perfect for the sewing room.



Lady Boutique Jan 2018 
145 items to make including New Year accessories.



Marugoto Pouch Book
ISBN : 9784529057721
I don’t really know what Marugoto means. The online dictionary says it means “its entirety; whole; wholly” So does it mean the whole book is all about pouches? Whatever it is, there are 54 pouches to be made from this book. Go have fun, pouch making addicts 😛



Sugure mono bag
(Excellent Bag)
ISBN : 978-4529057714
43 items to make.
This book is not released yet (20th Jan 2018) but you can preorder here – link to


The last few books were so similar I had a hard time telling them apart. These are the back to school sewing books. The titles are also pretty similar, so I’ll just refer to them by their numbers 😛


Lady Boutique Series 4544
ISBN : 978-4834745443



Lady Boutique Series No. 4537
ISBN : 978-4834745375



Easy and Cute School Goods
ISBN : 978-4529057608

That’s it for this month! I will try to blog about new releases every first week of the month. Unless there are very very few books, especially nearer the end of the year when most of the books are knitting or crochet books. But I really want to have a more regular schedule because it helps me keep track of when I should blog about what.

Hope you found some good books to buy this month!

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Book Review and Flip Through Video – Pattern maker Toshio Kaneko’s Men’s Clothes

October 14, 2017

At long last, a book that I have been wanting to review ever since I received it in the mail. This is by far the most comprehensive Japanese sewing book for Menswear that I have seen. The book is titled Toshio Kaneko’s Men’s Clothes.


This is Toshio Kaneko’s second pattern book. The first – All Season’s Men’s Clothes, was also favourably reviewed on Amazon. The previous book included more daily wear, with a couple of variations on shirts, t-shirts, pants and even home wear. This book is more like a Essential wardrobe for Men’s kind of book. From outerwear to shirts to pants to accessories! You really have to watch the Book flip through video (below) to see what I mean.

The sewing patterns included are for sizes S,M,L,LL and 3L. There are 21 projects in all, with 4 detailed step by step lessons in full color photographs.

I can’t quite decide which ones to show you because there are so many but I want to highlight the details of certain garments, just to show you what high quality patterns these are. Details which can’t really be seen in the book flip through video. I will also translate the contents page as I go along so that you have an idea of what’s included.

The projects are grouped by Tops / Bottoms / Outerwear / Accessories


A. Cleric Shirt
B. Button down shirt
C. Military shirt
D. Denim shirt
E. Outdoor shirt
F. Boatneck Cut and sew (Cut and sew in Japanese terms usually refers to tshirts/easy garments made of knitwear)
G. Polo shirt
+ Point Lesson – 4 detailed pages with full color photographs on how to make the A. Cleric shirt

clericshirtA. Cleric shirt


Only found on tailored shirts – Gussets for reinforcing side seams.


There is a Point Lesson for the Cleric Shirt – this is called the point lesson because they only show certain “points” in full detail, and these are usually the ones related to the detailed shirt finishings, for example the sleeve placket, the collar, attaching the sleeves, as well as the side seam gussets. The easier steps like sewing shoulder seams, attaching pockets etc, are detailed in the how-to-make page and not shown here.

C. Military shirt

D. Denim shirt


F. Boat neck Cut and Sew


G. Polo shirt

The next section is for

H. Dress Pants
I. Chino pants
J. Jeans
K. Sweat pants
+ Detailed lesson for Dress Pants


Yup, you read it right. Jeans. Honestly, I have no idea this is possible, making your own jeans that is. I glanced at the 2 page full of instructions and wonder if I will ever be brave enough to attempt it. I don’t think so, but for those of you who have ever been ambitious enough to make all of your own clothes, you might want to give this pattern a try. Look at the detailed finishing in the inside seams.


But the one pieces I wanted to highlight the most, is the dress pants. My DH has always lamented that it’s so hard to find a good tailor. Recently he asked me if it was possible to widen the waist of his tailor made pants. I’ve always thought of this as a tailor only project but can you believe it there are 8 pages of full color photos instructions for this project. At least 9 photos on each page. Again, not for the faint hearted, but if you have always wanted to try it, I can say the instructions are excellent, although I must admit that you will need some translation help because there are so many parts to it. 14 pattern pieces to be exact!


If you have ever flipped a pair of tailored pants inside out, yup it pretty much looks like this.

If you are impressed by what this book contains so far, you haven’t seen nothing yet.

The third section covers Outerwear

L. Wool Jacket
M. Denim Jacket
N. Knit Jacket
O. Duffle Coat
P. MA-1 Type Blouson (also known as a bomber/flight jacket)
Q. Stand collar Coat

+Lesson – Wool Jacket


This is the wool coat on the front cover. No I didn’t steal those photos from some tailor’s website. These are from the book and yes this is what you will be making! A proper wool coat.


There were only 8 pages of instructions for the dress pant. This wool coat has 16 pages of full detailed instructions! 21 pattern pieces to trace and cut and transfer. Impressive!

Other than formal looking coats, there is also this


MA-1 bomber/flight jacket – apparently the sage green color and orange lining is the standard color. Look at the details – sleeve pocket and lining.


I like this too, duffle coats never go out of style and always look so cozy for winter.


A more regular looking Stand collar coat. Something that looks more suited for mild winters and business trips!

The last section is for Accessories
R. Necktie
S. Tote Bag
T. Work Apron
U. Knit Trunks

Lesson – necktie


The last section is probably the easiest and if you have completed something in the earlier sections, you can probably sew these with your eyes clothes. Having said that, this might be the section I feel more confident in starting out with 😛

There is a detailed lesson for the necktie too (forgot to take a picture but you can see it in the book flip through below). Great for handmade gifts especially if you use a luxe fabric like Liberty (as seen in 2 of the 3 neckties above)


An important aspect to tailored men’s clothes, you do need to ensure good fit, but as most of us don’t fit neatly into a particular size for dimensions, it is important to know how to adjust parts of the pattern for your own measurements. For example, it could be that the sleeves are too short although the rest of the shirt/coat fits well. The above shows you an example of where you should make the extension to the sleeve pattern. The book devotes a couple of pages showing you how to make size adjustments for chest, body width, length, sleeve length , length and width for pants.


This is the size chart for the patterns in the book. The Japanese terms on the leftmost column are :
Size / Height (from the midline) / Bust / Wasit / Hip / Shoulder width (from shoulder tip to shoulder tip)
There are diagrams in the book to show you how to take these measurements properly.


The above is an example of a typical how-to-make page.


A close up detail of one of the diagrams. 


This book comes with 3 full size, double printed pattern sheets which makes it a total of 6 pattern sheets in all. No wonder, since there are so many parts for each garment.

Here’s the book flip-through video of the entire book. You will notice more gems in there!


I bought this book knowing that some of these patterns may never be used, not because they are not good but because they really look too complicated for my level of sewing. However, I bought it as a reference because I have always been fascinated by the great workmanship that goes into a proper Men’s coat or dress pants. In particular how the lining is added on so that you can’t see the stitches (hand sewing is involved I think). I believe that this may help me unravel the mystery of how to make adjustments to my DH’s tailored pants (if I ever get the guts to do it). There are some easier patterns that I will start with though, probably the button down shirt which is more casual and looks easier for a first project. So there are quite a number of easier patterns and I hope to work my way up to finally being able to make a proper shirt.

Patterner Kaneko Toshio No Honkaku Men's Fuku / Kaneko Toshio / [Cho]

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Title : Pattern Maker : Toshio Kaneko’s Men’s Clothes
Author : Toshio Kaneko
Publisher : Nihon-Vogue
ISBN : 9784529056397

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New Releases – September 2017

September 23, 2017

As the weather turns cooler, there are less clothes sewing books but it’s a great month for bag making lovers! Here are September’s new Japanese sewing book releases.

I have included direct links to purchase the books from cdJapan (Aff links) if it is available for your convenience. Otherwise, you can purchase them from or your favourite bookstore using the Japanese title or ISBN Numbers for search purposes. Some of the books have not been released, I will update them at the end of the month with the appropriate links.



25 items to make from blouse, skirts, coats, loungewear in Ladies sizes S-LL
Japanese Title :MayMeスタイル 今日の大人服
Translated Title : Today’s Ladies Wear
Author/ Publisher : Michiyo Ito
ISBN/ASIN :9784529057387

releasing 29th Septmber 2017



Japanese Title :大人のかんたんソーイング2017-2018秋冬
Translated Title : Easy sewing for Ladies 2017 Autumn – 2018 Winter
Author/ Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN/ASIN :9784834745023

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Tunics, Jumper Skirts, Skirts, Dresses, Jacket, Pants for girls 90-120cm

Japanese Title :改訂版 女の子のかわいい毎日服
Translated Title : Cute Everyday Clothes for Girls
Author/ Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN/ASIN : 9784834744873

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Easy to make items for kids 90-120cm. Includes seasonal wear and accessories, fancy dress costumes for Halloween, and special materials for the season such as fur.

Japanese Title :ハンドメイドのかんたん子ども服2017-2018秋冬 
Translated Title : Easy Handmade Kidswear 2017 Autumn-2018 Winter
Author/ Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN/ASIN : 9784834745030

Releasing 25th September 2017



The world of fairy tales and Japanese folk tales come alive with perfect costumes for Halloween and Christmas. 3 sizes 100-120cm.

Japanese Title :増補改訂版 おゆうぎ会の服とこもの
Translated Title : Revised edition – Recital Clothes and Accessories
Author/ Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN/ASIN :9784834744958

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Patterns for Bags and useful everyday accessories, includes a FQ of Lisa Larson fabric.

Japanese Title :リサ・ラーソンのかわいいハンドメイドBOOK
Translated Title : Lisa Larson’s Cute Handmade Book
Author/ Publisher : Shufu to Seikatsu Sha
ISBN/ASIN :9784391640496

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Frill tote, Frill handmade bag, Tiered frill tote, Nylon Frill bag, Frill ruck(sack), Ribbon tote, Ribbon clutch bag etc…

Japanese Title :今持ちたいフリルとリボンのバッグ
Translated Title : Frill and Ribbon Bags
Author/ Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN/ASIN :9784834744880

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Touted as a book for first time makers. 45 items to make in all. You can preview more pages using the “Look Inside” feature on by clicking on the cover image.

Japanese Title :こもの作りの基礎ノート バッグ・ポーチ・布こもの
Translated Title : Basics of Making Bags, Pouches and Fabric accessories
Author/ Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN/ASIN :9784834744828

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Learn how to attach fasteners for bags, pouches, pants, dresses etc.

Japanese Title :手芸の基礎がよくわかる! ファスナーつけ
Translated Title : Handicraft Basics – Attachment of Zips (Fasteners)
Author/ Publisher : Nitto Shoin Honsha
ISBN/ASIN :9784528021723

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Japanese Title :COTTON TIME 2017年 09月号
Translated Title : Cotton Time 2017 September Issue
Author/ Publisher : Shufu to Seikatsu sha

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Japanese Title :NHKすてきにハンドメイド 2017年9月号
Translated Title : NHK Sutekini Handmade 2017 September issue
Author/ Publisher : NHK Shuppan