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Book Review and Book Flip Through Video – Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori

July 2, 2017


I received this in the mail from our friends at Tuttle Publishing last week, and couldn’t wait to share it with you! This is the latest book to be translated to English from Yoshiko Tsukiori that is full of patterns for ponchos, capes, coats, jackets, all the stylish ways you can keep yourself warm. You may think it’s strange to release a book about cold weather wear right in Summer, but given the time you might take to buy the book, look for the right fabric, and actually get started on sewing, it is just about right.

I have prepared a flip-through book video at the end of this review where you can look at all the designs contained in the book, so I will just share some of my favourite pieces here.

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I just love the cover of this book. Despite the 34C temperature here, I actually feel cold thanks to the tones of the photograph and how snug she looks in that grey wrap.

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This is a drape vest, it comes in a drape jacket version too (with sleeves) but I thought this was a much better pictures. I love the draping and how being a vest it can actually be used more frequently as than a proper jacket. I also looks like a quick and easy sew.

G_cape

There are full length proper, really warm looking quilted jackets in the book as well, but I like this wrap which uses quilted fabric. Another really easy cut and finish edges, add snaps pattern. I love quilted fabric but find that using them full blown on a jacket makes one look rather like a walking blanket. This is much cuter!

J_fauxfurwrap

A stylish wrap in faux fur of course! If you have never sewn with faux fur before, there is a two page guide in the book with step by step photos teaching you how to do it.

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I love the casual look on this one, layered over a dress or even a defined pant suit, I think this falls in the category of refined casual wear. Might be easy to go sloppy on this one so I think accessories are very important when co-ordinating with this wrap jacket.

P_Bolero

A more feminine style bolero with tie ribbons in the front. Probably more suited for warmer days due to the length. This can be done in a light and sheer fabric as well to carry off the gathers and frills.

V_jacket

A wing-collared jacket made in tweed fabric and fringed edges.

Now for the technicalities. This book includes patterns for Japanese sizes 7 – 13. The measurements are given primarily in inches, and cm equivalents in brackets.

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A typical pattern how-to-make page. I just noticed that there are some bonus knitting patterns included. For e.g. the yellow beret worn together with the drape vest above, as well as the mittens on the cover of the book. There are also knitting instructions for leg warmers, headband and other accessories shown with the main garments.

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The diagrams below are from a sample of the instructions.

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My favourite feature in Tuttle’s pattern books. The pattern envelope for storing pattern sheets. There are 2 x 2-sided pattern sheets. I often get emails asking about missing pattern pieces. Sometimes it is because they are scattered over different sheets. Sometimes, you need to read the instructions and draft the pieces yourself (usually the rectangular pieces that only require length and width dimensions like binding / cuffs etc)

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I love making these book flip-through videos because it makes it so easy for me to show you what’s in the book compared to taking 2 dozen photographs. I hope you enjoy watching them too! Do subscribe to my YouTube channel Japanese Sewing Books to be updated when new videos have been uploaded.

Here’s the flip through video. Enjoy!

The book will only be available on Amazon.com from 1st August but it’s available for pre-order now!

Title : Stylish Wraps Sewing Book
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
ISBN No. : 978-0804846950

Or if you can’t wait till August, here’s a giveaway for you! Up for grabs is a copy of Stylish Wraps by Yoshiko Tsukiori. There will be 4 copies to be given away in all, one on each of the following channels –
my blog / YouTube / Facebook page / Instagram

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All you have to do is comment below and tell us your favourite book from Yoshiko Tsukiori. Need a list of books? Check out my book reviews of her English books here. One comment per email please. Extra entries from duplicate emails will not be counted.

For extra chances,

  1. Like my Facebook page and comment on the giveaway post.
  2. Follow me on Instagram, like the giveaway post and Tag at least 3 friends to win. One tag per comment. The more friends you tag, the more chances you have of winning!
  3. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment below the video for Book Flip Through Video for Stylish Wraps
  4. Follow Tuttle on the following social media channels
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TuttleBooks/
    Twitter – https://twitter.com/TuttleBooks
    Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/tuttlebooks/
    Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tuttlepublishing/

This giveaway will run for a week and end Monday 10th July at 0900hrs Singapore Time. The winner will be announced the day after on the respective channels.

Good luck!

ETA : The giveaway is now closed.

Unfortunately, the first winner did not get back to me so I had to redraw a new winner. And the new winner is Norah Ho! Congratulations Norah, please check your inbox for an email from me! 🙂

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31 Comments

  • Reply MaciNic July 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Happy homemade: sew chic was a great introduction to Japanese pattern books 😉

  • Reply Marisa July 2, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Love Yoshiko Tsukiori’s style! My favourite is Girly Style Wardrobe and I’m sewing something from it right now 🙂

  • Reply Barbara Long July 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Stylish Dress Book has been my long time fav until the Wraps book appeared – these are just too much fun and I could let my imagination run wild with them. Thank for the give-away chance

  • Reply Teresa July 2, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    My favourite is Stylis dress book. Thank you for the chance!

  • Reply Catia July 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Love all her patterns! My favorite book is the Stylish Dress Book! 🙂

  • Reply Katherine July 2, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    How do I chose one favourite? I have a number of her books and I love looking through them just as much as sewing from them. I’ve learnt so much from the explanations and instructions. So I have you and your blog to thank for discovering the English editions. I’d never had the confidence to sew from the Japanese originals. But for the sake of actually answering your question… I’ll say Stylish Dress Book. (Although it’s a bit of a lie because I love them all!)

  • Reply Florence July 2, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I only own Sewing for Your Girls, but I love that it’s a basic recipe that is open for many variations. Thanks so much for this chance!

  • Reply Gwen Van Kleef July 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Definitely will go on my Amazon wish list.

  • Reply Alison July 2, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Stylish dress book

  • Reply Aleksandra Michalik July 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Sew Chic! ✂✂✂✂✂✂✂✂✂✂🎎

  • Reply kimiko July 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Sweet Dress Book is my favourite !! love this type of paterns and designs!!! <3

  • Reply glenda pitman July 4, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I am new to Yoshiko Tsukiori books but have and love “Sweet Dress Book” .I am very excited about this new stylish wraps book. Thanks for the giveaway chance and all your wonderful information. Buiding my confidence to sew more of my own clothes. Thankyou

  • Reply Irma Kreiten July 5, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Thank you for the description! My favorite book by Yoshiko Tsukiori so far is Simple smocks, dresses and tops.

  • Reply asteride July 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love Stylish Party Dresses.

  • Reply Belinda July 5, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Oooo…..this is a hard one! I really like Stylish Dress Book but now that I have seen the flip through of Stylish Wraps, I would say Stylish Wraps would be my favourite! Thanks for the flip through!!

  • Reply Christi G. July 5, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I have the stylish dress book, and like it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply TC July 6, 2017 at 12:09 am

    I love her Stylish Dress Book! 🙂

  • Reply Koko July 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

    It’s hard to choose, but Girly Style Wardrobe is my favorite.

  • Reply Debra Blakely July 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Definitely, Sewing for Your Girls!

  • Reply Bojana Citic July 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Stylist dress book ( Wear with freedom) 💛

  • Reply Norah Ho July 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I love Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Stylish Dress Book series. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Reply Rina July 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    My fav books is Sewing For your Girl..Thanks for teh giveaway

  • Reply Calypso July 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I love Stylish Party Dresses. Lots of ideas there… Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Reply Aimee July 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I love the look of the Girls’ Style Book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Jerri July 6, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I don’t own any of her books but I’ll tell you I know will become addicted to her books once I get my hands it. Beautiful!

  • Reply Kelley July 7, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the review this book looks great. So far the only Japanese sewinsewing book I own is happy homemade:see chic but I have a wishlist for more…would love to add this one to my sewing library

  • Reply Rebecca K. July 7, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I love the Sew Chic book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply Cathie Brown July 7, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Wow, new to this technology and out of control but I must say I adore the look of this book. Especially since we are in winter now in Australia. Looking forward to when we get Amazon so I can purchase more.

  • Reply Joan Macawili July 10, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Just one fave book? 🙂 If I had to choose, it would have to be the latest one, Stylish Wraps. I love cold weather clothing. I live in the Philippines and at most, we wear coats and wraps for like 2-3 months max in a year. I wish we had colder weather here for most of the year so I can wear them more often. Your sneak peek and review of Stylish Wraps makes me absolutely want the book! I like the lines of the wraps, the casualness but having that chic and finished looked at the same time. I just finished attending a dressmaking class and I’m excited to have a go at this. A close 2nd fave would be Sewing for your girls. I have 1 niece who I’d love to sew those clothes for.

  • Reply Arnhild July 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Stylish dress book is my favourite! The first Japanese sewing book I bought, I have made several of the projects. I love several of the others too.

  • Reply Deborah October 10, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I love the idea of this book. However, at 100cm bust and 165cm height if that’s the size chart it’s not much use to me!

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