As some of you might have realized (as I did myself), I have not posted in months… Just too many things to take care of on the home front last year beginning from a house renovation project, followed by exams and then the school holidays. This year is particularly challenging for me even though all 3 kids will be in school, we have a new schedule to follow, new places to go to and so far after testing it out for 3 days it’s not looking good for sewing! Those of you who follow me on IG will see me post on and off about sewing projects but I’m not sure if I will even have time to sew anything for CNY this year 😭
I do have a bunch of books that I have yet to review so I think the fastest way I can share with you will be to take book flip through videos. Slight change of style going forward, I will be posting videos followed by book info – like number of projects, size range, author/publisher and purchasing info (affiliate link). I hope this will be enough for you in the meantime while I try to sort things out and find more time for sewing!
Today’s flip through video is by Machiko Kayaki, author of Simple Chic. This book is all about couture techniques. Proper sewing and finishing methods for that extra couture touch. Great for perfectionists! I picked this book up in Sapporo while on holiday last month, it’s a pretty new book so I hope you will like it! More book details after the video.
I have been quiet… quietly obsessing with this fabric from nani IRO’s beau yin yang collection from 2 years ago. It is one of my favorite collections since the whole collection is in my favorite monochromatic palette.
So I just realized with horror that my last book review was 2 months ago! Where did the time go? If you have been following me on Instagram, I went for a short holiday in June, came back and spent almost of the rest of June busy sewing for my brother’s wedding. Oh and I also released a new bag pattern😛
On top of that I’m doing some partial house renovation at the moment so I’ve had to move things around a bit to make space and that includes some works to my sewing area. So I think you can all understand why now. Keeping up with the blog is difficult because I need to take photos and videos then edit them. and all these on top of my daily full time job as a mother of 3.
Anyway, the good news is the book buying doesn’t stop…. but the bad news is I have a growing pile of them to review. I hope that once the renovation is over I will have more space and the setup will make it easier for me to take photos quickly!
Back to this book review. It’s an English version of a book that I bought back in 2016 when it was first released. The title of the book is Learn Skills to Sew like a Professional.
I haven’t been shopping much for girls’ sewing books lately, because my younger daughter is already almost 150cm and hence out of range for most sewing pattern books. I saw this new book on Nihon-vogue’s Instagram account about a month ago, and the cover was so striking that I had to browse through it even though I probably won’t buy it for the reason above. Upon closer look, I realized that it is from one of my favorite girls’ pattern designers – Yuuki Katagai of Pattern Label. I have made many dresses from her books because they are really pretty and practical for daily wear. I saw some of the preview pages and realized that many of the designs look pretty familiar, and I have even made some of them before! The photos were new and updated but the dresses were the same. So why would they release a new – old book?
Those of you who follow me on IG may have seen me post about these circle bags recently. I promised a tutorial so here it is! You can watch it on both my IGTV channel or Youtube channel. Here is a picture of the finished bag and I also gave it a name to make it easy to remember. Maru means round/circle in Japanese and Pochi is pouch! This started out as a pouch pattern but I added side tabs with D-rings to make it a cross body bag. The usual way of finishing a circle pouch (or as I have learned it from Japanese books) is to finish the insides with bias tape. Alternative, the lining is hand stitched on completely. My way of attaching the lining is a bit unorthodox but it makes for less hand sewing so I hope it won’t seem so outrageous to you! 😛
If you make one and post it on social media, please tag me @japanesesewingbooks or hashtag #marupochibag so that we can all see it! Looking forward to your creations!