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Book Flip Through Video of Sew Basic! – for Boys and Girls

April 16, 2021

Book Flip Through Video of Sew Basic! – for Boys and Girls

 

Book Details

Japanese Title : SEW BASIC For boys and girls 反抗期手前の君に着せたい服
English Title : SEW BASIC For boys and girls
Sizes : 130-160cm (height)
No. of sewing projects : 34
Publisher : Boutique-Sha
Published date : Dec 22, 2020
Language : Japanese
ISBN-13 : 978-4834780611

Where to buy

Here are the usual places I buy my books from, just compare the shipping to your own country and make sure you get the best deal!

  1. cdJapan – Click here to buy now (Affiliate link)
  2. Amazon.co.jp 
  3. Or search your local Kinokuniya using the ISBN number. (they have different websites for different countries, so you have to search from the one located in yours. If they don’t have it in stock they can order it for you at no extra cost, but you may have to wait.

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Book Flip Through Video of A Sunny Spot – Daily Simple & Comfy Clothes

April 2, 2021

Book Flip Through Video of A Sunny Spot – Daily Simple & Comfy Clothes

 

Book Details

Japanese Title : a sunny spot シンプルで着やすい まいにち服
English Title : A Sunny Spot – Daily simple & comfy clothes
Publisher : KADOKAWA
Published date : February 26, 2021
Language : Japanese
ISBN-13 : 978-4046051011

Where to buy

Here are the usual places I buy my books from, just compare the shipping to your own country and make sure you get the best deal!

  1. cdJapan – Click here to buy now (Affiliate link)
  2. Amazon.co.jp 
  3. Or search your local Kinokuniya using the ISBN number. (they have different websites for different countries, so you have to search from the one located in yours. If they don’t have it in stock they can order it for you at no extra cost, but you may have to wait.

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Book review of ATELIER to nani IRO’s Seasonal Clothes for the Year

March 24, 2021

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted any book reviews. But I HAVE been buying books. And this latest book from ATELIER to nani IRO which was very recently released definitely warrants a book review. I know many of you have been waiting to take a peek inside this one!
Disclaimer : This book was gifted to my by Nekoneko Fabric in exchange for a blog post and review. You can find this book listed in her store plus all the yummy fabrics used in the book as well! 

It’s been 3 years since the last sewing book from ATELIER to nani IRO so I would say it’s about time! This time round, the book’s launch coincides with the 20th anniversary of Naomi Ito Textile nani IRO, and all the projects in the book are based on the new fabrics released this year. The book includes 18 projects ranging from simple clothes for everyday wear, interesting designs that are a special and unique, and it comes with full-scale patterns for 4 sizes – S,M,L and 2L.

You will find pictures of the same pattern made using different substrates, as well as staff recommendations on coordinating different pieces together, to create an all year round wardrobe using nani IRO fabrics. Projects range from easy to advanced difficulties, from simple smocks that beginners can complete in a day, to dresses with elaborate details that you might want to make for special occasions.

I will share with you some of my favorite pieces, and also translate the full list of garments you can make from this book.

A – Cocoon smock
B – Cocoon knit dress
C – Bias tank top
D – Cocoon Short Haori
E – Freedom vest
F – Stand collar tuck dress
G – 2-way shirt
H – 2-way shirt tunic
I- Radio Tuck Dress
J – W wide pants
K – Farmers’ pants
L – Tapered pants
M – Antique skirt
N – Cache-coeur robe short sleeves
O – Cache-coeur robe eight-quarter sleeves
P – Cook dress
Q – Gathered dress sleeveless
R – Gathered dress long sleeves

First up is this very simple Cocoon smock. It reminds me of the famous Cocoon dress from the previous book, but in a shorter version. It is definitely a shape I would pick for everyday wear. Much more so than the dress length, so this goes in my sewing list!

F is a Stand tuck collar dress featuring a stand collar, and lots of interesting tucks for example along the shoulder, waist as well as the back. It is a very interesting shape and I am really quite curious how this would turn out when worn.

P – Had a bit of trouble translating this one. When I keyed it into Google translate, コックドレス is translated as Cock dress… Lol… I knew it can’t be right, so I searched for images instead. So apparently it meant a Cook Dress (Cook’s dress) or rather, a Chef’s dress. Because if you search コック the images returned are all of Cooks/Chefs. Anyway the front panel is inspired by the Chef’s coat, and I really like the look of this one, although I feel the belt looks a little makeshift.

On the right the model is wearing J – W wide tapered pants below the dress.

N – I love the front detail of this Cache-coeur robe short sleeves (Hang on let me search Wikipedia)

Cache-cœur (French for “hide the heart”) is a top for women, composed of two finished triangular parts, each having a strap. It is closed by overlapping the two segments and tying the straps behind the back or along the side, depending on the length. The triangular shape of the sides makes the garment a type of V-neck.
Source – Wikipedia

Most pics I found for Cache-coeur online are like V-neck wrap tops, so this style is an interesting and also modest play on the wrap style. It is very interesting indeed! On the right picture it shows the robe paired with L – a pair of tapered pants.

On the left we have A – the cocoon top in cotton silk (Love this color!) and the bottom is M – antique skirt in a Rexcell. The draping of both fabrics look great. What a casual but luxurious outfit!

On the right is Q – Gathered sleeveless dress. This reminds me a bit of the Work dress in the previous book. But the design is entirely different. There is a yoke with a gathered bodice, and also front ties that you can choose to leave untied for a more rebellious look.

H is the 2-way shirt tunic. This design comes in shirt length and tunic length. And the 2-way refers to wearing it either front to back or back to front. What a great way to get two looks out of one garment! 😆

There is a section that shows you all the garments made from different substrates, grouped by pattern name. This gives you an idea of how the finished piece will look in different fabrics. I think this is a really really good marketing tactic because it really makes me want to buy more fabric.

2 double sided full size pattern sheets. Do note that Seam allowances are NOT included, so you have to trace out the diagrams and then add them on following the individual pattern instructions.

And here’s the size chart for your reference. On the left column (bottom 4 rows) it says – Height, Bust, Waist, Hip. All units in cm.

There are more projects in the book but I can’t cover them all here, so I will leave you to browse through in the book flip through video below.

Where to buy

I get asked this alot so I will try to list down a few possible sources.

  1. From Nekoneko.co – https://www.nekoneko.co/products/atelier-to-nani-iro-2021-sewing-pattern-book
  2. cdJapan – Click here to buy now (Affiliate link)
  3. Amazon.co.jp 
  4. Or your local Kinokuniya (they have different websites for different countries, so you have to search from the one located in yours. If they don’t have it in stock they can order it for you at no extra cost, but you may have to wait.

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Book Review and Flip Through Video – Easy Masks to Make

November 11, 2020

Need more ideas for Masks? Here’s a new book all about Easy Masks to Sew!

This book was originally published in Japanese by Boutique-sha, and now translated into English by Zakka Workshop. You can find patterns for simple masks, pleated masks, contour masks for sizes ranging from kids to adults. There are also super cute bonus patterns that will make mask wearing a little more fun and bearable for the little ones. Let’s have a look!

Disclaimer : This book was gifted to me by Zakka Workshop in exchange for a review, but opinions are my own. 

The book starts off with the simplest type of masks. Perfect for beginners and upcycling since it only requires a small rectangular piece of fabric. You can hand stitch it easily even if you don’t have a machine.

The pleated masks are more similar to the typical surgical masks, the pleats allow you to adjust for best fit, and you can even insert an optional nose wire inside!

If you are a beginner and worried about not being able to make these, don’t worry because there are very detailed step by step photos included. I love that the measurements are provided in both imperial and metric systems because I can skip the conversions :P.

I find the pleated masks comfortable as it fits easily and allows me to speak without it sliding off. The are also very quick to sew up and easy to mass produce. I made two with Liberty fabric contrast binding.

Next up are the contour masks. These are great for fit as well and you can see on the right side of the photo, finished sizes are provided to help you gauge which size to make.

There is even a section for fabric ties since prolonged wearing of masks with elastic bands is rather uncomfortable. Use your tiniest scraps to make these for a no waste sewing project!

If your kids hate wearing masks, especially the younger ones who don’t really understand why they have to keep it on, then maybe these cute masks will help! The puppy, cat and bear masks are based on the simple mask templates.

While the panda and duck masks feature a roundish rectangular base, which I’m sure creative mummies out there can use this as a starting point to make other cute creatures as well!

If you have difficulty finding elastic bands, the book even comes with free elastic bands enough for 3 masks! There is about 2yds in total.

This book is a wonderful resource for both beginner and advanced sewists alike, and true to the book title, these are all easy projects to make, but stylish at the same time.

And now for the book flip-through video

Book title : Easy Masks to Sew
Author : Boutique-sha
Translated and published by: Zakka Workshop
ISBN No: 978-0985374747

You can  buy this book on Amazon.com (affilate link)


Or try your luck at winning it in our giveaway! This giveaway is kindly sponsored by Zakka Workshop and is being held on my Instagram. Head on over to take part now! Click here to go to Giveaway post.

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Free Sewing Pattern and Tutorial – Surgical Mask Case Patterns

July 7, 2020

As promised, here is the sewing video and pattern for the Surgical Mask Case Pattern. This is a very simple surgical mask holder pattern inspired by the many pretty ones I’ve seen on IG. I keep this in my bag and it provides a quick stowaway for my mask when I need to take it off for a meal.

Link to PDF pattern

Free Surgical Mask Case / Mask Holder Pattern
(1 sheet of A4/letter paper required)

All seam allowances are included, refer to the video for seam allowances. Remember to print at 100%/Do not scale, and to check  your test square after printing!

I have included the stitch line on the template so if you need some visual guidance to sew neatly, you can transfer this marking using carbon paper and a tracing wheel and sew following the line rather than referring to the seam allowance (because that will depend on how precise your fabric cutting is).

Other Patterns

There is another 3D Mask Case Pattern, designed for the free 3D Face Mask Pattern. Click on the links if that’s what you are looking for instead!

Do tag #JSBMaskCase on social media if you make this so we can all see your beautiful works! In the meantime, Mask up and stay safe!