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Carefree Clothes for Girls: 20 Patterns for Outdoor Frocks, Playdate Dresses, and More (Make Good: Crafts + Life) Paperback – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Make Good: Crafts + Life
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590307178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590307175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I love the feminine, romantic look of the projects.”—Stephanie Raney for Associated Content<o:p> </o:p>

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Junko Okawa is a hairstylist and clothing designer from Japan.

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In my opinion this book doesn't even deserve 1 star.
SB
If you are into repurposing, vintage, simple and lovely clothes for your daughter, I think you will like this book, too.
Kae
My favorite piece in the whole book was a Cinderella style, pretty fitted dress with mismatched buttons up the back.
Shala Kerrigan

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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Serena on October 20, 2009
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This book is okay. It has some basic patterns (full-size, you have to trace and add seam allowance) that you could use as a springboard for your own ideas, but you could also wait for a sale at Jo-ann Fabrics and get a Simplicity pattern or two for 99 cents for the same purpose. As for the unfinished hems and general 'shabbiness' of the finished products...well, I'm not a fan. I don't like threads hanging off of clothes. I prefer French seams and finished hems. From what I can see, this shabby look takes more work than having lovely French seams.

So far, I've made one thing, the bag, which doesn't have any pattern pieces, just measurements. The instructions are not good. One step is impossible unless you rip out some of what you've already done. I followed the instructions meticulously for the purposes of this review and was not impressed. I'm a fairly experienced seamstress and I've sewn a lot of bags, and I cannot fathom why anyone would put a bag together the way you're told to in this book. I felt like I was following the instructions of a six-year-old beginning seamstress. And the finished product looks like a six-year-old beginning seamstress made it. I deliberately followed the instructions so that I could see how the bag looked in real life (and, like I said, for this review), as opposed to cutesy-photos in a book. It's as, um, 'homemade' as I thought it would look. My three-year old likes it, though. It's her new library book bag. I'll definitely use these measurements to make another bag, but I'll put it together the RIGHT way and I won't leave any raw edges showing.

I'm probably going to make a few projects in this book, but I'm not going to follow the instructions.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Schreiber on March 4, 2010
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I bought this book after browsing it quickly in the local bookstore. I have made one dress and the smock & trousers set shown on the front cover so far, for my 4-year-old. She loves all of them. They are truly carefree - I used natural fabrics (mostly cotton muslin, sailcloth, gauze, and light cotton canvas) prewashed on very hot and dried on very hot settings for maximum shrinkage. This ensures that you are sewing with the fabric you're going to get when you have clothes, and you need not worry about washing in hot for stain removal later on.

The book stresses that these garments are not supposed to have seriously ironed crispness - part of the charm and beauty of them is the inherent texture of the fabrics. I have never had to iron the things I made for my daughter. I purchased a bunch of little remnants of natural fabrics, and after washing and drying as above, you know your fabrics pretty well. Some fibers will completely crumple up and stay crumpled - don't make clothes out of these unless you WANT to iron them. Others will unrumple in a hot dryer if removed promptly, and they will keep their texture without being deformed beyond wearability. There are some remnants I chose not to sew with after washing/drying them because they were intractable.

The clothes are simple, boxy, untailored, loose-fitting - perfect for an active little girl. Some people (some of my friends even) did not like the designs because of the boxy look, but I think it is a really beautiful, sweet, natural look for a girl, and is a welcome contrast to the kind of...uhhh...MATURE-looking clothes you see in stores.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2011
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Carefree Clothes for Girls by Junko Okawa is, in my opinion, simply charming.

Not everyone will agree with that assessment. If you love french seams, dart fitting, couture techniques and heirloom quality sewing for girls, this is not the book for you.

If you like simple shapes, fun and irregular details and dresses that you won't mind getting dirty, this might be a great book for you.

It has 20 projects, and full sized patterns in the back under the flap for all but 2 of them. Unfortunately, my daughter is too big for those projects, but the simple lines are easy to size up for her (or yay! for me!) and some of the details and effects used in the garments can be used in other commercial projects.

Unfinished hems left to softly fray, scraps of lace and old doilies are all used to wonderful advantage here. The look is decidedly homemade. It's a very earthy, comfortable look. I was thrilled going through the book, bookmarking dresses that had details that I want to use in sewing for myself. It's patches and buttons, and reminds me of a favorite old stuffed animal or possibly a sweater you won't give up even after it's all darns and stitched up tears.

Which is why I say this book isn't for everyone. Some people prefer a very finished look. My favorite piece in the whole book was a Cinderella style, pretty fitted dress with mismatched buttons up the back. My daughter loved the whole book. It's inspirational.

Full size patterns in the back including an smock type apron that buttons in the back, a few adorable dresses, a chemise, a tunic and pants. Instructions for some accessories like hats and a patchwork scarf that would be perfect for fall.
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