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Japanese Sewing Books in English

Japanese Sewing Books in English

April 4, 2013

I have reviewed a few Japanese Sewing Books that have been translated in English – Drape Drape and Stylish Dress Book. I’ve been asked to list all the books I know that have been translated to English, so here they are! I will be updating this page when I hear something new come up. So bookmark this page if you want to find out about new releases in the future!

The English editions of these books are usually modified slightly in terms of pattern sizes. For example, the Stylish Dress Book – wear with freedom by Yoshiko Tsukiori  provides patterns in sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16  (6 sizes) while the Japanese version provides sizes 7,9,11,13. I am not sure if the new books will be all done in the same sizes, but as they are published by two main publishers (Laurence King and Tuttle) and many of the books are written by the same authors, it seems likely that the sizing will remain more or less the same. Other than the obvious advantage of everything being translated to English, they are also usually cheaper than the original books probably because of the cheaper production costs. It’s a pity that there are so few of them right now. But I believe more will come, given the popularity of these books.

Here are some new titles that will be released over the next few months. You can pre-order them from Amazon now.

Sewing for your girls

The following books have already been released. Click on the thumbnails to view inside pages and book reviews.

Casual Sweet Clothes: Favorite Pieces for Every Day
Read my review here 
 Girly Style Wardrobe –
28 patterns for girls

Read my review here 
Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls: 22 Easy-to-Make Dresses, Skirts, Pants & Tops Girls Will Love
 
Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More


Basic Black: 26 Edgy Essentials for the Modern Wardrobe
Sato Watanabe Read my review here 
Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure
Sato Watanabe
Read my review here 
Happy Homemade
Ruriko YamadaRead my review here

Feminine Wardrobe: Town, Party, Resort
Jinko Matsumoto

Read my review here 


 

Happy Homemade: 
Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs
Yoshiko Tsukiori

Read my review here 

Girls Style Book
Yoshiko TsukioriRead my review here

Stylish Dress Book:
Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops

Yoshiko TsukioriRead my review here!
Sweet Dress Book: 23 Dresses of Pattern Arrangement
Yoshiko TsukioriRead my review here

 Shape Shape 2:
Sewing for Minimalist Style
Natsuno Hiraiwa
Shape Shape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways
Natsuno Hiraiwa

Stylish Dress Book:
Wear with Freedom
Yoshiko TsukioriRead my review here!
 Drape Drape 
Hisako SatoRead my review here!

Drape Drape 2
Hisako Sato
 Drape Drape 3
Hisako Sato

Pattern MagicTomoko Nakamichi Pattern Magic 2Tomoko Nakamichi
 Pattern Magic:
Stretch Fabrics

Tomoko Nakamichi

Linen, Wool, CottonAkiko Mano Carefree Clothes for Girls:
20 Patterns for Outdoor Frocks, Playdate Dresses, and More (Make Good: Crafts + Life)Junko Okawa

 
I Am Cute Dresses: 25 Simple Designs to SewSato Watanabe  Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite GarmentsPublished by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha

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