Happy 3rd Birthday to Japanese Sewing Books!

December 13, 2014

It’s the time of the year again to think back about how far I have come with this blog.


First post ever! 13th December 2011.

Recognize this? Over the past 3 years, I’ve changed the theme a couple of times, and never thought to archive the very first “look” of the blog. Thanks to the internet archive Wayback Machine, I actually found the very first blog post!

It really just started out because I was buying more Japanese sewing books than I had time to sew, and I could find no information about these books online other than searching in Japanese. Since I was making to effort to learn a little (well, just enough to get by understanding the instructions and searching for more new books to buy) I thought of sharing this information online. Over the past 3 years, I’ve tried to include more content centered around Japanese sewing books, fabrics, and even attempted to have my own sewing patterns and videos. Family and work commitments have increased over the past half a year or so, which explains why I have not been able to create any new patterns/videos lately. However, I’m glad to know that the archived patterns are still being well used and many of you have left comments thanking me for the patterns and telling me how useful they have been in making that something special for a loved one. I read every single one of the comments and though I may not have time to reply them all thoroughly, the thought that my patterns have been useful to someone just makes this blog even more rewarding. Your kind comments and emails have kept me going. It is wonderful to meet so many people online who share my love for sewing!

Thankfully, a number of publishers caught the Japanese Sewing Books bug too and started translating some of the popular titles into English. Many of you have commented on how useful these books have been and can’t wait for more titles to be translated. There are more books on the way, this much I can tell you 🙂 and I will share them with you as soon (and sometimes even before) they are released.

So to celebrate my blog’s 3rd birthday, as usual, we MUST have a GIVEAWAY! And since many of you find the English versions so much more useful, I will be giving away one of the books that have been translated into English. To make this giveaway even more personalised, you are free to choose your giveaway prize from the following options.

A – Sewing For Girls

B – Sewing for Kids

C – Sewing for the ladies

To enter, just comment below and tell me your choice of giveaway prize A,B or C. Yup that’s it! This will be a simple giveaway with one chance per person, I want make it Sweet and Simple for everyone! 🙂 So please just leave one comment per person.

Giveaway ends 1 week from now – Midnight, between Friday 19th and Saturday 20th December (UTC) which will be Saturday morning 8am for me over here in Singapore.

Once again, thank you all for your support over the past 3 years and I will keep on blogging about Japanese sewing books, and hopefully find time to do more than that!

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  • GwenVK December 13, 2014 at 8:01 am

    C – Sew Chic!

  • EmSewCrazy December 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog and am so thankful for all the information you supply!
    I have Sew Chic and have one of the designs all cut out and ready to be sewn up.
    So if I won I’d like B- Sewing for Kids because boy patterns are hard to find!

  • Ng Lay Yen December 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hi and congratulations ! I am from Singapore too. I really enjoy reading your blog. B – Sewing for Kids will be my choice of book – thanks.

  • janet December 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I’d like A – sewing for girls.

  • TingTingMamMa December 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Congratulations!! I enjoy reading your blog.
    C–Sew Chic!

  • Jen December 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    What a cool giveaway! I’d love book A

  • Jill Miller December 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    My choice would be C. – Sew Chic

  • cj December 13, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I remember feeling really excited when I first stumbled upon your blog. A sewing blog based in Singapore! ! I still remember searching through your blog for book reviews while shopping at kinokuniya.. This blog has certainly been a wonderful resource for me!

    C – sewing for the ladies!

    Thank you 🙂

  • Kat December 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    oh, C, definitely! I just got early Xmas present of 2x tsunami kanzashi books and can’t wait to try them!!! Love the elegance of most modern japanese zakka books. And the photography!

  • Noor Saliza December 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Congratulations JSB. My choice is C – sewing for the ladies.

  • Anabel December 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Op C for me!
    I already have B

  • Heidy Diana December 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Happy 3rd anniversary and more to come!!
    I’d chose option C. 😀

  • Elizabeth December 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I’d choose book A, Sew Sweet. Congrats on your 3rd anniversary!

  • Cweet Gal December 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Congrats 🙂 Lovely to read your blog. I would love to win C.

  • Bundawidya Sew December 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

    oohh so exciting!
    I’d like A – sewing for girls.

  • Kym December 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Many thanks for sharing your knowledge on Japanese patterns for the past 3 years!

    If lucky enough to win, my choice would be Option C.

  • Nicki December 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I admire your blog and all the work you put into it! B would be my pick.

  • Jen December 13, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations – I can hardly believe it’s been another year! I remember that I was thrilled to find that someone else was interested in Japanese sewing books-and wrote about them too! I would choose book C.

  • christina December 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I’ve been seeing Sewing for Kids pop up everywhere. I’d love to win a copy — thanks for the chance!

  • Tina December 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Happy 3rd birthday!
    I choose B.


  • Bonnie December 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Congrats on turning 3! A huge milestone. I’d love A-Sewing for Girls.

  • ann December 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    c. for lady
    Thanks :*

  • Miri December 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    C – Sewing for the ladies – Feminine Wardrobe: Town, Party, Resort
    Jinko Matsumoto

  • Joey December 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Book A – Sewing for girls please. thanks for the giveaway

  • Katherine December 13, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Oh! Your blog and I share a birthday! Although I have to admit to being much older… Love your blog. I first came across Japanese embroidery books but when I found sewing books the language barrier put me off-I was not confident enough to try without the instructions. I don’t remember how I found your site but discovering translations was so exciting! Happy to own several English titles now ☺Book b would be my pick here. Happy birthday and please keep aging, dear blog!

  • Naii December 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Happy anniversary!!!! I also started my blog 3 years ago but don’t remember when I found your blog, i was searching information about a japanese book. And thanks to your work i have bought some of them. If i win i’d like to receive B sewing for kids. Thanks for the giveaway and thanks for sharing your skills with us!

  • C December 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Congrats! I’d love to have C. 🙂

  • marisa December 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Happy third birthday, Japanese Sewing Books! I would love to win book A 🙂

  • Annette December 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Omedetou gozaimasu! Your blog really has me interested. If by chance I should win, I am interested in ‘C’ – Sew Chic. Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Nicole December 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    What a milestone!
    Book A, please. Thanks 🙂

  • hueisei December 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Happy blogiversary! !! B For me.

  • Jasmine Yii December 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Hi there,

    Congratulation on your 3rd year anniversary! I was introduced to your blog by my friend who is also my sewing buddy. We both are newbie in sewing with machine and are thrilled to see you do translation for some Japanese sewing! I must add on that I planning to learn Japanese too just so I can read and understand all those nice Japanese Sewing Books we came across.
    I would like to have Book C. Can’t wait to start sewing some from the book.. ♡

  • Nur December 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing…so generous. Before i decided to buy a japanese sewing book, I always looked to your blog. I choose A. Sewing for girls.

  • eva December 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Love your blog. Love those books. Happy happy birthday! ♡♡♡ A for me 🙂

  • Kirsti December 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Gratulerer/congratulations and thank you very much for giveaway.
    I do have some few japanese sewing books, but only in japanese, a language I don`t understand. It would be nice to win book nr 2, Sewing for kids.

  • Meili December 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Congratulations! Thanks for the giveaway, I’d like C – Sewing for the ladies. Thanks!

  • Lightning McStitch December 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I was so happy to find your blog and print of the translated glossary before diving into my first Japanese sewing book project.
    I always enjoy the blog, so happy, happy birthday.
    I’d pick book A as you can never have too much of Yuki Araki!

  • JS December 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Happy Third Anniversary. 🙂

    Book C please, although they all look good.

  • Sharon December 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Congratulations! I love coming to your blog for sewing inspirations, special thanks for your qipao pattern, looking forward to sewing a new piece for the new year.

    A for me please! Thank you!

  • amy December 13, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’d choose B, Sewing for Kids! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Lily December 13, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I would love to have C!

    Not for myself, but for a beautiful lady, who just started to sew. Japanese pattern are so rewarding to sew.

  • Tasya December 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Congratz for japanese sewing.
    You are my inspiration. ^ ^
    I choose C.
    Planning to sew my own clothes. Yeay

  • Norah Ho December 13, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations and thank you for this wonderful blog. Wish you good health to keep up with the blogging and sewing works 🙂 My choice is B – Sewing for Kids. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • lisa kau December 14, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I’d like to get A- SEWING FOR GIRLS!
    Congratulations! This is one of my most favorite blog!

  • Lara December 14, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I would choose the A option. I was looking forward to buying it.

    Happy blogiversary!

  • Barbara Long December 14, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I have been reading this blog since the beginning – I truly enjoy this place and you ! Thank you for all the time and work that you put in here.

    C Women

  • Grace December 14, 2014 at 1:04 am

    C for me please!

  • Charlotte December 14, 2014 at 1:17 am

    C, Sew Chic 😀

  • Pepija December 14, 2014 at 1:38 am

    B for me, please, and thank you for the work you do!

  • Dawn Jones December 14, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I would like C:Sewing For a Ladies. Have a great day!

  • Mariana December 14, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Congrats on 3rd birthday!
    I would love C – Sewing for the ladies.

  • Alice Heil December 14, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary! You have worked very hard to make this blog a rich and useful resource 🙂 I would like C please.

  • Bernadette December 14, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Birthdays are so exciting! I can’t believe it’s already been 3 years! Congrats!

    I’d love Book B 😀

  • seamsoddlouise December 14, 2014 at 5:53 am

    love all your reviews. If I were to win I should like choice A.

  • Sally December 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    congratulations! Your blog is such an act of generosity, allowing others to achieve their sewing dreams! I’d choose B.

  • Ana Sofia December 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Happy blog anniversary!
    Love reading your reviews.
    I already have A and B, so my option would be C 😉

  • Christy Lee December 14, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Congrats on three years! I love this website and the style that Japanese sewing books have in them, so simple and chic! so option “C” pretty please!

  • Dona Keyton December 14, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I love your videos! I have just recently found your site, and love it! If I were to win, I would choose C.

  • Christina December 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Your blog is such a great resource! Thanks for putting so much care into it 🙂 I already have B and besides, I have plenty of kids sewing patterns anyway, so I would choose C – I have been admiring the cover pants for a while too!

  • Lian December 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Congratulations! I started searching for sewing infor after I start learning dressmaking about a year ago and I found this blog. Great infor and tips you have for new sewer like me. Thank you for sharing and keep it up!

    C would be my option.

  • MaciNic December 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    C for me please – Congratulations on 3 years 😉

  • Gwendellyn December 15, 2014 at 1:50 am

    Ooh I would love prize C!! Happy birthday to your wonderful blog and here’s to many more!

  • zani December 15, 2014 at 5:07 am

    B for me please. Tough choice !

  • Marta December 15, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Happy birthday! I am a great Japanese sewing books and your blog is always a place I go to help me buying them. Great job!
    I already have books A and B (and love them) so I would pick book C.

  • GuidingDuck December 15, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Congrats on three years of blogging! Your site introduced me to Japanese sewing books. Thank you for sharing your passion for them, and for all of your helpful tips and tricks, book reviews, and fabric sources! I would love to be entered in the giveaway; I would choose book C.

  • Lina December 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Happy 3rd birthday ¡¡¡ Thanks for the reviews and the giveaway
    ( C – Sewing for the ladies)

  • Wendy December 15, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Oops! Replied in the wrong place…. Second time is the charm;)
    Congratulations! This blog is so very helpful for me.

    My choice is C – Sew Chic

  • Die Spinne December 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Congratulations! I would love to win B!

  • Sharon December 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Congrats! I want C — sew chic!

  • Nicole December 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Recently got back into sewing and really enjoy your blog look forward to more releases!

    C – Stylish Dress Book – Wear With Freedom

  • Sher December 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Congratulations 🙂 What a great milestone and I salute you for having time to sew while caring for your family.

    Hope I can juggle as well as you !

    If I win, I will love to have Option A pl.

    Love & light,

  • Anh December 16, 2014 at 4:02 am

    If I win, I would like “A – Sewing For Girls”

  • Allison CB December 16, 2014 at 5:59 am

    I would love to win book C

  • Deepti December 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I would love to win A.

  • Rebecca December 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I do a lot of sewing for 5 little grandgirls. So sewing for little girls would be my choice. Thank you for the giveaway. And happy anniversary, I’ve enjoyed your blog very much.

  • yenni December 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    my choice is B…

  • Min December 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Congratulations on coming so far!

    I will go for Book C 🙂

  • Deb M December 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Congratulations on 3 years! I love your blog and have been inspired to buy several of the books you’ve reviewed. I love them! I would like book C.

  • Dieni December 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Congrats for ur blog anniversary! Your blog has been a great resource for me when the first time I search for sewing supplies in Singapore, then when I’m looking for resources for japanese fabric shopping. Love those style of japanese patterns, I think I would choose C if I win. All the best too! 🙂

  • Deb Cameron December 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    B please! I’m a mummy whi sews for boys and I’ve had my eye on this book for awhile now. Thanks for the giveaway! Three years … Congrats, it’s a great blog!

  • Edwina December 16, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    I have fallen in love with Japanese style. Book C please.

  • Julie December 17, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Have always enjoyed your blog posts, they are so inspirational and always ever so cute! I would love B!

  • Lindsey December 17, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Book A please! I could use some patterns for my little girl 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Sarah December 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I would like C. Thank you, and congratulations!

  • Lee December 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! My choice is B.

  • stacey December 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love book c!

  • Nur Bashirah Abu Hassan Shaari December 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Congrats for ur 3rd birthday! and thank you for introducing me with japanese sewing books. 🙂
    My choice is book C – sewing for the ladies

  • Sherry December 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

    C – Sewing for the ladies!

  • Beth December 18, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Happy Birthday!
    C – I’d love to sew something for myself.

  • Riana December 18, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Congratulations! Your blog has gotten me back into wanting to learn how to do garment sewing 🙂

    Option C for me!

    Thanks for the chance to win ^^

  • Laura December 18, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! Such a tough choice but I think I’d have to choose B as I have boys and girls. So happy I found your site as I am drawn to Japanese books as well!

  • Laia SG December 18, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Happy 3rd blogiversary. I would love to win option B. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Diana December 18, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Just stumbled on your blog. Its really a great and helpful blog.

    My choice would be C!

  • Nathalia December 18, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and congratulations!!

    Book C would be lovely. :]

  • Sassy Lass December 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I love A- Sewing for Girls. There are so many great projects!

  • Miss Jane December 19, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Congrats with your 3rd year celebration. My choice is B- Sewing for kids. Thank you.

  • Jane Doe December 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I just cut out a pattern from the Japanese sewing book La couturière de Mademoiselle Lisette, thanks to you, who turned me on to lovely Japanese books.

    A, please, Sewing for Girls.

    Happy 3rd and many, many more!

  • Cygne2 December 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I just cut out a pattern from the Japanese sewing book La couturière de Mademoiselle Lisette, thanks to you, who turned me on to lovely Japanese books.

    A, please, Sewing for Girls.

    Happy 3rd and many, many more!

  • Joanna December 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I like your blog. Bought the book (Clean and natural) after your rewiew. book C. thank you.

  • Japanese Sewing Books December 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Thank you all for you kind words and birthday wishes! The giveaway is now over. Good luck and watch this space to find out who won!