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New Releases – August and September 2018

October 1, 2018

I have been hiding in a hole working on a new pattern and I’ve finally sent it out for testing, so what’s the first thing I do??? Shop! 😛 And I realized I have been sitting on this post for a week because today is 1st October. 🙁

Anyway, happy shopping!


Title : はじめての子ども服 (Beginner’s Kidswear)
Author : 朝井 牧子 (of Handmade baby clothes enanna)
ISBN No: 978-4528021952

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Title :春・夏・秋・冬 1枚仕立てのはおりもの
Publisher : Nihon-Vogue
ISBN No:978-4529058315

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Title :毎日着たい服、毎日使いたいこもの
Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN No:978-4834746365

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Title :私の、ブラウスプルオーバー
Author : Aoi Koda
ISBN No:978-4834746365

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Title :パターン展開でバリエーションを楽しむパンツ
Author :小峯 有華
ISBN No: 978-4416618806

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Title :コートを縫おう
Author :かたやま ゆうこ
ISBN No: 978-4416618806

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Title :May Meスタイル 大人のまいにち服
Author :Michiyo Ito
ISBN No:978-4529058490

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Title :楽しく学べる! ポーチの教室
Publisher : Nihon-vogue
ISBN No:978-4529058438

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Title :大人のかんたんソーイング2018-2019 秋冬
Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN No:978-4834746884

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Title :NHKすてきにハンドメイド 2018年 09 月号
Publisher : NHK Shuppan


Title :レディブティック2018年10月号
Publisher : Boutique-sha

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New Releases

New Releases – June/July 2018

July 3, 2018

So I have been busy packing, moving, unpacking for the last one month and even though I planned a couple of posts for the month of June I just could not muster up enough energy to work on it at the end of the day. To make things more tiring, it was also the school holidays and my sister and her family came back for a long visit, so very little got done. But hey it’s July and the kids are back in school so yay now I have time for quick update on new release books I have missed out in June and some coming up in July.

I know that many of you have dropped me emails/messages on translation requests, I will be answering them as fast as I can, sorry for the wait! 🙂


A continuation of the first DouDou book by Sayuri Okawa, here’s another Mama and Daughter twinning book that you need to have! For girls sizes 80-130cm, and Ladies sizes 7-15 (Japanese sizes)

Title : DOUDOUの 女の子とママがお揃いで着たい服
Title (translated) : DOUDOU’s Daughter and Mummy Twinning Sets
Author : Sayuri Okawa
ISBN : 978-4529058124

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For Girls Sizes 90-150cm, 28 (dresses) + 2 small items to make.

Title : LaLa Dress 踊りだしたくなる女の子の服
Title (translated) : Lala Dress Girls Dresses that make you want to dance
Publisher : Boutique-Sha
ISBN : 978-4834746327

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For Girls Sizes 90-120cm, there are also a few unisex items that boys can wear. This new pattern book is by popular Japanese Instagrammer helium (Yui Nakayama). Her IG feed is gorgeous! I’m just sad my girls are not within the height range for the book, but I guess these clothes do look better on little girls 🙂

Title : こころに寄り添う子ども服 (heliumのソーイングレシピ)
Title (translated) : Helium’s Sewing Recipe – Snuggly Clothes for Kids
Author : helium 中山ゆい
ISBN : 978-4529058117

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For boys and girls, but only in 2 sizes 100/110cm. I guess there is an upper limit given that there is only 1m of fabric but I guess this book will be more useful if they covered the smaller size range as well!

Title :1mの布地で作ろう!こどもの服&こもの
Title (translated) : Made with 1m of Fabric!  Kids clothes and small goods.
ISBN : 978-4834746310

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For kids sizes 90-120cm. This summer edition of Easy Handmade Kids clothes includes a project for making clothes for Sylvanian families! Too bad my girls have outgrown the toys and given them away or this would have been really fun for them.

Title : ハンドメイドのかんたん子ども服2018夏
Title (translated) : Easy Handmade Kids Clothes Summer 2018
ISBN : 978-4834746105
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A new book by Yoshiko Tsukiori. Seems like she’s had quite a few pattern books published this year. This time it is a book on comfortable clothes for home and outside wear. Ladies sizes 7-15.

Title : 月居良子の家でも外でも心地よい服
Title (translated) : Comfortable Clothes for Home and Going Out
ISBN : 978-4140312117
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Here’s a book with sewing patterns for older ladies, with simple and elegant designs for sizes S,M and L.

Title : 60代からのソーイング
Title (translated) : Sewing from the 60s
ISBN : 978-4834746259
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cutclothmakesThe title of the book is Fabric items/goods made with cut cloth. Cut Cloth is the literal translation of the Japanese term カットクロス which actually kind of means fat quarters or a pre-cut piece of fabric. It is usually a 50x50cm piece of fabric, pre-cut and usually sold individually or as part of a collection, something like a fat quarter pack. This book gives you ideas on what you can make with such small pieces of fabric, and is great for scrap busting!

Title :カットクロスでつくる布こもの
Title (translated) :  Fabric goods made with Cut Cloth
ISBN : 978-4579116560



The July issue of Cotton time is full of lovely summery floral fabric ideas! I love that light blue+ lemon yellow floral fabric combo! The main theme for this issue are small wallets that you can fit into small bags. There is also a skirt pattern that you can make in 1 hour, and also as usual, a piece of cut-cloth sample – see the top left of the cover, as well as sample projects you can make with this print.

Title : Cotton Time July 2018
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Main theme of this issues – Comfortable Fluffy Summer Wardrobe. Lol. ふんわり (fu-n-wa-ri) means fluffy/airy/gentle. So I am thinking it just means light and flowy clothes for the summer.

Title : Mrs Stylebook
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I will be back next week with a book review! I have bought some  books lately and I want to get back to my reviews too!

New Releases

New Releases – April and May 2018

May 5, 2018

So I promised a part 2, but I just didn’t have any spare time or energy to squeeze it in last week! Exams have started for both my two older girls so I have to be a part-time tutor as well.

Finally had time to sit down today, I went browsing again and found a couple of new books due for release in May so I edited my title to include May as well. There are many books that will be released soon again because the new listings on amazon have been updated although most of the covers / sneak previews have not been added so I will have to do another post at the end of the month/early next month.


A new book by one of my favorite Japanese sewing books authors! This time it’s more for the ladies – size S to LL, with 3 matching designs for kids.

Title : FU-KO basics. 着心地のよい、暮らしの服
Title (translated) : FU-K0 Basics. Comfortable, Living Clothing
Author :美濃羽まゆみ  Mayumi Minoba
ISBN :978-4529058025
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will be released on 10th May



Michiyo Ito of the May Me series is back with a new book for the ladies. The description only says 14 projects but there is no mention of sizes. Go check out the link (below) on amazon, there are some sneak pics included!

Title : May Meの作って毎日着たい服 (私のカントリー別冊)
Title (translated) : May Me’s Clothes I want to wear everyday
Author :伊藤 みちよ Michiyo Ito
ISBN :978-4391641158
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will be released on 18th May 2018



Title : 帆布のバッグ ベーシックスタイル20
Title (translated) : Canvas Bags 20 Basic Styles
Publisher : Nihon Vogue
ISBN :978-4529057929
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Title : 定番も流行も 手作りしたいスカート
Title (translated) : Handmade Classic and Fashionable Skirts
Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN : 978-4834745948
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Title : 大人のかんたんソーイング2018夏
Title (translated) : Easy Sewing for Ladies 2018 Summer
Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN : 978-4834746051

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Title : 今いちばん作って着たいトップス
Title (translated) : Best Tops I want to wear now
Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN : 978-4834745825
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Title : ミセスのスタイルブック 2018年 初夏号
Title (translated) : Mrs Style Book 2018 Early summer edition
Publisher : Bunka



New Releases

New Releases – March and April 2018

April 30, 2018

Catch up post on all the new releases for March and April, which we all know is a very busy month for new releases! I’m so excited about some of them I am mentally thinking about which ones to order as I am composing this post. Well, it is a tough job and someone has to do it 😛 There are so many new releases these two months, that I will split the post into two posts.

I will be adding links below for both browsing previews on (if available), and for purchase on cdJapan (affiliate links), wherever applicable. Those without links, I will leave their ISBN number for searching, be it at your local Japanese bookstore or online. Happy Shopping! Let’s go!

The very first one that caught my eye was this gorgeous cover. A new book from Aoi Koda


I have always been a fan of her style. Very simple lines but
this book is for sizes 7,9,11,13,15 and comes with 2 pattern sheets.

Title : きれいな服
Title (translated) : Beautiful Clothes
Author : Aoi Koda
ISBN :978-4579116492
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Title : 10の型紙で着回す毎日の服
Title (translated) : Daily Clothes with just 10 Patterns
Author : 帽子 千秋 Sa-Rah
ISBN : 978-4579116577
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Lots of Yoshiko Tsukiori fans out there I believe, you might like this one. This book uses variations of sleeves/front opening/neckline/lengths/Pleats etc to create multiple looks simply by mixing and matching. I think I will be getting this one!

Title : 月居良子のアレンジウエア
Title (translated) : Yoshiko Tsukiori Arrange Wear
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
ISBN : 978-4391151435
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Title : わたしの好きな服
Title (translated) : My Favorite Style Sewing Book
Author :岩本美津子 Mitsuko Iwamoto
ISBN : 978-4870356269



 Title : 私が作る旅のワードローブ
Title (translated) : My Travel Wardrobe
Author : 笹原 のりこ  Noriko Sasahara
ISBN :  978-4579116485
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Title : 小さな子どもの手づくり服
Title (translated) : Handmade Clothes for Little Children
Author : 新垣 美穂 Miho Aragaki
ISBN : 978-4579116515
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If you are a fan of Kana Standard series of books, I think you will love this one if you have a baby! I already have all the adults and kids books, unfortunately my baby has outgrown this one! For sizes 70-90 only.

Title : スタイリスト佐藤かなが作る赤ちゃんのための服と小物
Title (translated) : KANA’S STANDARD for baby
Author :佐藤 かな Kana Sato
ISBN :978-4579116416
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Title : ディズニー今すぐ使いたい布バッグ
Title (translated) : Disney Bags I want to use right now
Publisher : Boutique-sha
ISBN : 978-4834746068
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Title : ベーシックで持ちやすく 仕立てのきれいな どんでん返しのバッグ
Title (translated) : Basic Neat Bags that are easy to hold
Author : ロール roll
ISBN : 978-4529057943
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 that’s all for Part 1! Tomorrow I will upload Part 2, which is mostly the periodicals and publisher series.
Happy shopping!


Japanese Sewing Books New Releases

New Releases – February 2018

February 14, 2018

Is it still cold where you are? Don’t worry, Spring is on the way! Time to get started on sewing for spring with these new and exciting new Japanese sewing book releases! Most of the books have not been released yet, so no links. I will add them in at the end of the month when they are available. But you can pre-order from using the ISBN numbers listed. Happy shopping! 🙂

Tomoe Shinohara is back with another “The Dress” book but this time for kids. For sizes 100-140cm. Her style is quirky, colorful and just kawaii! From the cover it seams that there are some boy patterns too.


Title : The Dress for Kids
Author : Tomoe Shinohara
ISBN No. : 978-4579116386
Release date : 23rd Feb 2018



I’m super excited about this one and I know many people are! This is the new book from Naomi Ito of nani IRO textiles. Her last pattern book was published in 2008 which was 10 years ago! This time, the patterns revolve around her newest 2018 collection which will be shipping at the end of the month. I am definitely preordering this book and will make something as soon as I receive those fabrics.

This book is for adults only, unlike the previous where there were patterns for kids as well. Sizes from S,ML, L, LL.


Just an excerpt from the contents page

This is one of the new fabrics – a jacquard weave which is nice and thick and suitable for coats. I will definitely be reviewing this book so look out for it!

Title : Atelier to Nani Iro’s sewing closet
Author : Naomi Ito
ISBN No. :978-4579116270
Release date : 23rd Feb 2018




A new book by a new designer, well, at least I couldn’t find any other books by her. This book is called 3-sided configuration (as written on the book). Well, the Japanese title is roughly translated to “the use of 3 pieces of pattern to form a 3D one piece dress”.

Title : 3 sided configuration
Author :Masuko Shinkawa
ISBN No. :978-4579116355
Release date : 23rd Feb 2018



Oooo I love this series! If you are into pattern drafting, this is a great series to own. Published by Bunka, the previous books in the series covered, tops, pants and skirts. Finally we are at dresses! 72 bodices, 29 sleeves, 29 collars – for an infinite number of designs! Ok if you really know math you know it’s not infinite but that is really a lot a lot of dresses you can make. Just an excerpt from the contents page.


Title : Pattern School – Dress edition
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. : 978-4579073481
Release date : 16th Feb 2018


The next 3 books are under the NHK sutekini handmade magazine label, but sold separately as books. I don’t know how this works, but if you are a fan of Yoshiko Tsukiori, you might want to check this out! The series is called Katagami book which basically means paper patterns. The books are divided into Pants, Coats, Dress and Tunics. Sizes 7-15. Unfortunately there are no preview pics so I’m not sure how many patterns or variations are included. But these are like thin books 16 pages each.


Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Pants
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. : 978-4579073481
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Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Coats
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. :978-4141992592
Release date : 19th Feb 2018



Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Dresses and Tunics
Author : Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher : Bunka
ISBN No. :978-4141992585
Release date : 19th Feb 2018



This new book by Check & Stripe will actually be released only in March, but from the preview pics it looks really nice!

Title : Yoshiko Tsukiori’s Katagami Book – Dresses and Tunics
Author : Kayoko Ishida
ISBN No. :978-4087808216
Release date : 5th March 2018


And for the periodicals, we have


Mrs Style Book – Spring edition


Cotton Friend Spring Edition
ASIN : B0788WV1VGsutekinihandmadefeb2018

NHK Sutekini Handmade Feb 2018


Cotton Time March Edition 2018
ASIN: B079B358D5