So we started the trip with 1 suitcase but came back with – 2 boxes, 2 duffels, and the original suitcase of course. The exchange rate was just too tempting! Before I left, I told myself not to buy too many books as I’m already running out of space at home. I really controlled myself but it was really hard to choose as there are so many new releases perfect for the summer season. This is one of them that made the cut – I Love Tops by Yuko Takada.
Guess what the book is about?
Yes! All tops 🙂 Lol… 15 Styles in all. And from the cover you can tell that the publishers had a hard time choosing which “top” to place on the cover so they decided to go with 6 tops instead. Which in my opinion, is a great idea, because the cover instantly caught my eye.
At the bottom of the contents page there is a quick visual summary of all the tops included.
Here are some of my favourites…
Half sleeve peplum (knit)
Circle Sleeve Tank
Square drape cardigan (knit)
Drop shoulder blouse dress – this is a variation of the Drop shoulder blouse top which I didn’t show here because I thought the dress was more interesting!
Bell sleeve blouse
Drop shoulder long tunic (knit) – can also be called a dress I guess.
Back gather jacket. Very interesting curved design detail on the front bottom edge.
and gathers around the back waist for a nice fitted look.
Circle sleeve short blouse. I’m personally not too fond of the matching pants, but the top is pretty cute!
And oooh… my favourite. The yoke is made of satin and the see through panels are made of silk chiffon with pleats. The fabric looks like it has glitter or some kind of sparkle/dots on it. So pretty!
Here’s the size chart (units in cm). The sizes included are S, M, ML and L. On the left column of the chart, the terms are
サイズ = Size
身長 = Height
ウェスト = Waist
ヒップ = Hip
Point to note : These are bare body measurements and not garment measurements.
As for the how-to-make section, unfortunately, there are no step by step photographs. The instructions are pretty standard with most Japanese Sewing Books, like the following example.
Closeup look at the instructions. The steps are given in point form but do note that not all the steps have corresponding diagrams. Especially for simple steps like sewing shoulder seams/side seams/hemming etc. There are briefly mentioned in the steps but not actually shown in a diagram. So some translating might be necessary here.
There is also a main garment diagram with front and back views, showing the steps as listed in the procedure.
A close up of the cutting diagram
Another close up example of a detailed diagram.
A little bit about the author/designer – Yuko Takada who is a fashion designer who graduated from Bunka Fashion College. She has her own line of clothing TAGE. You can check out her latest fashion collection here. Now you know why all the designs and photographs look like they came off a fashion shoot! 🙂
The book includes 2 actual size pattern sheets.
Title : I Love Tops
Author : Yuko Takada
ISBN No. : 978-4-579-11446-7
Publisher : http://books.bunka.ac.jp/
More book reviews of recent releases coming next week! Stay tuned!