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Book Review – Couturier Sewing Class 2

October 12, 2016

These photos have been sitting in my phone for at least a month, waiting to be uploaded. Now that the exams are over, I finally have time to write up my book review!


Today I will be reviewing the second book from Couturier Sewing Class – titled Good Clothes for Adults (translated literally 😛 ) Those of you who have read my previous review of the first book will know that I’m a big fan of this book, for the easy, quick sewing and very wearable pieces. Great for busy mums like me. I made 3 tops out of the previous book, and I’ve already made 1 from this one!


A quick glance at the contents page, showing you all the projects available in this book. There are tops, bottoms, dresses, even a bag pattern.


Here are some of my favourites


A two-tone pullover, matched with a gathered yoke pants


A raglan sleeve dress, I love the use of the eyelets on the puff sleeve.


All-in-one. That was the title given to this outfit, but it’s more like a jumpsuit? Made in knit material.


A classic but probably very useful pattern to have – a simple slip.


This was the one I made. V-neck pullover. Love the simple styling and it was a very quick sew.


A longer variation of the same pattern – A V-neck dress.


A simple pullover (again, this was the name given to this top in the book) I prefer to call it a boat-neck top? One of my favourite necklines and I think I will make this next.


A couple of simple tote bags with frill details all around. Simple but cute!


Bottle-Neck Coat. I can’t find this particular style using English search terms, but in Japanese, it turns up a lot of results for bottle neck coats on sale. It seems to describe a coat style which is collarless, with the top flaps overlapping and buttoned down, well, like the one above.


One Tuck Skirt. While it looks like a wrap skirt, it really is just a tuck in the front. Oh, and one more at the back as well. So does that make it a two-tuck skirt instead? ;P


This is a top variation of the raglan sleeve dress you saw earlier. And here you can see the gathered shoulders and how puffy the sleeves really are.


There are two sewing lessons with step by step photographs. One is for the gathered yoke pants,


The other is for the two-tone pullover/dress variation.


Sizes for this book range from S-LL, please refer to the size chart above. These are actual body measurements and not finished garment sizes. The words in the table on the left column are : Height, Bust, Waist and Hip. It may also help to know that the model in the book is 170cm tall, useful if you need to make amendments to the length.


The standard how-to-make section,


Followed by the actual size pattern pieces.


and I end this book review with a book flip-through video, so that you can see the rest of the book. Follow me on instagram as that is where I post all my book flip-through videos first!

Title : Couturier Sewing Class – Good Clothes for Adults
Japanese title : Couturier Sewing Class 大人にいい服
ISBN No. : 9784529055666
Sizes : S,M,L,LL
28 projects

Otona ni Iifuku / Yukari Nakano
Buy now from CDJapan (affiliate link)

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  • Reply JenL October 12, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for the review! The v-neck top looks nice, and the dress too. The bottle-neck coat might be called a funnel neck or mock turtle neck in English. I’ve seen tops like that, but I don’t remember seeing a coat – interesting.

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books October 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Lol, funnel neck is a funny name for a top 🙂

  • Reply Claire October 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    This Couturier Sewing series is wonderful!! I want to make everything in this book and in the other books as well. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Reply J October 31, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I am beginning to have an interest in Japanese sewing patterns but my main grouse is that they run too small for me and I don’t know how to draft the patterns to a larger size. I understand there are some Japanese sewing patterns for larger size women – would you have any to recommend?

  • Reply mattie groshong November 19, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    where can I purchase both Courtier Sewing books?

    • Reply Japanese Sewing Books November 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Hi you can buy from cdjapan, which is where I buy most of my Japanese sewing books. The link is at the bottom of the blog post.

  • Reply Melala December 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I realized that I read your blog all the time, but I hadn’t posted a note to tell you how much I enjoy it, and appreciate the thorough reviews and translations. Yours is one of my favorite blogs, for sure!

  • Reply Jasmina December 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Hello, thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern book. Would you say the pictures are enough for understanding the instructions for sewing (if you don’t read or speak Japanese language)?

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