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Book Review – Kids Yukata and Jinbei

I’ve received a lot of questions lately about the kimono, yukata and jinbei from different readers, and I realized that other than the seasonal pattern in Cucito Kids, I don’t actually have a book on making them or even tried making one. Well, the fact is that my kids will never get a chance to […]

Translation Request – She has a mannish style – style 05

As mentioned on my book review She has a mannish style earlier this week, I received a translation request for Style 05 – Velour Blouse. The instructions were made up of 2 pages which I have separated out into 3 different images below. click on each image to zoom in Step 5 of the how-to-make reminds me […]

How to make – Quantity of fabric and materials

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 […]

Japanese Sewing Magazine Review – Female Autumn 2012


It’s never a good idea to walk into a bookshop when feeling depressed.  I wasn’t intending to buy this because I was supposedly on a book ban and anyway I flipped through it once before and thought there was nothing much I wanted to make from it. Somehow the second time I flipped through it […]

Free Japanese Sewing Pattern –


Sorry for the late post. Today’s free pattern is from るんるんソーイング (Run Run sewing) and it contains free patterns for babies, kids, adults, accessories, bags and even zakka! The homepage contains the list of projects and even though there are very few pictures on the homepage, you can use a browser translation tool to view […]

Book Review – Simple Chic

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Here’s a book title that requires no translation. Simple Chic. It’s not a very new book, but I’ve been buying mostly books for girls, so it’s only lately that I started sewing for myself and started buying more adult pattern books. Today was one of those days. Days when you just don’t feel like doing […]

Japanese Fabric – Muddy Works by Tomotake


Today’s fabric post is not about a fabric that I have, but rather, somthing that caught my eye recently and I wish I can get hold of it! The fabric line is called Muddy Works and it’s from the brand Tomotake. Behind Tomotake is a husband and wife team - Masahiro & Hiroko Tomotake. Both of […]

Free Japanese Sewing Pattern – Atelierhukutsukuro


Today’s free pattern link may prove to be immensely useful to some, but not of much use to others. Why do I say that? Well, I have been looking for free patterns on Men’s shirts but I’ve never come across one that is so professionally done (and free!). Most of the rest are for simple […]

1-week break!

We’re having a week of school holidays over here in Singapore. Which means no more waking up at 6am for a week (yay!) but no 2-hr free time in the morning to blog. So I’ve decided to take a break from the usual blog schedule this week so that I can spend more time with […]

How to Make – Introduction

A typical Japanese sewing or pattern book usually starts with gorgeous pictures of cute models in the finished projects, sometimes followed by a summary of all the projects available in the book. At the end of the pretty pictures, before you dive into the patterns+instructions per se, there is usually a page indicating size information […]