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Translations and Help with Patterns

Translation Request – Puff sleeve blouse with back opening

October 10, 2013

Today’s translation request is for Vy. Style D – Puff sleeve blouse with back opening from one of my favourite books!

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Translations and Help with Patterns

Translation Request – Attaching a button placket

August 23, 2013

This translation was requested by Courtney, who needed help with Step 1 of dress h from this book.

Step 1 is the attachment of the button placket. I had never sewn one of these before, but I’ve always been curious to how it actually works. The instructions from the book are translated below,

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The main problem with the instructions is on the 3rd diagram from the left. The instructions are quite brief but it doesn’t exactly show you what to do with the triangular portion of the seam allowance cut from step 2. I used some scrap fabric to simulate the pieces above but couldn’t really figure out how to sew the bottom edge neatly or what to do with the triangular bit from the seam allowance.

So I did a search in Japanese and found this site with really clear instructions of how to make this type of button placket. Worth a look even if you are not making this dress.

Note that the pattern in the tutorial is slight different with the pattern above. The tutorial is using normal cotton, so the raw edges need to be tucked in and the steps are slightly different to incorporate the folding of the raw edges. In this pattern however, it is using knit fabric, so the placket fabric can be attached without dealing with the raw edges. The top stitching is also done differently.

Nevertheless, the tutorial is really helpful in figuring out the missing steps and learning how to sew a button placket of this sort in general.

I hope this helps you Courtney! and I’m glad I found the Japanese tutorial which demystifies the whole process for me as well! Thank you!

Translations and Help with Patterns

Translation Request – A Doll’s Dress Pattern

June 27, 2013

This translation request was from Kristy way back in February. I have quite forgotten about it! It was quite an unusual pattern to translate, as it is a dress for a doll. It is also quite an elaborate pattern too. I’m not sure which book it is from though, but this was the picture she sent me.

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Do any of you sew for your dolls? I sew some for my daughters’ Mell-chan dolls but simple frocks with velcro openings, never elaborate ones like these! I sure hope Kristy’s dress turn out well. 🙂


Translations and Help with Patterns

Translation request – Easy, cute straight sewing

June 20, 2013

Today’s translation request is from Cynthia and this is the book that she needed some translation help with. The title of the book is Easy, Cute Straight Sewing by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Author of Sewing Recipe for girls and Sewing Recipe. Some of her books have been translated into English versions – such as the Stylish Dress Book and more.

From previews on the book on it seems like the book is all about cutting straight line patterns and forming garments out of them. There are 27 items including blouses, dresses, jackets, pants, skirts etc. Looks like there are no patterns included too, since the construction is based on straight lines and dimensions are given.

In order not to infringe the copyright by giving the cutting diagrams with dimensions away, I am only displaying the translation of steps. This should be useful for those of you who own this book. There were two patterns I translated.

This is for the “Gather one-piece”

and this is for the “Patchwork Blouse” pattern


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How to make – Quantity of fabric and materials

June 17, 2013

In order to locate the fabric quantity, you have to first locate the how-to-make page of the garment you are making. Refer to this page –

Next, right under the title of the garment, you will see this.

Here’s a close up view

I’ve broken down the above material list to show you how to identify quantities of fabrics to purchase for size 110.

So basically the measurements are given in a sequence, so just select the correct size and use the corresponding number for each material on the list. For a full list of sewing terms, refer to my Dictionary of Japanese Sewing Terms.