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"I made one of the patterns in the book and found the directions to be clear, direct, and simple to follow. It helps that the book is also translated into English." —Sew Country Chick

"Tsukiori style is a very wearable bohemian look, the simple designs are perfect for showing off quality fabrics." —Ideas and Inspirations

"[…] I was looking for some patterns with a different flair. That's when I found this book and am so glad I did." —Book Bargains and Previews

"This book exemplifies all the things I love about Japanese sewing books: pretty designs, simple styling, and exceptional instructional quality." —Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod

"Even if you don't sew you'll surely have a good time flicking through the pages as the designs are just plain pretty and the pictures styling close to crazy yummy. It is simple, cute and inspired with soft patterns and savvy details." —La Creature and you

"There will definitely be more Happy Homemade dresses appearing in my wardrobe in coming months…" —Ivy Arch

"With everything from pants to tops, skirts to dresses, this book is all you need to completely revamp your closet." —Fave Crafts

"It is a great book for new sewers with easy to follow direction and that are very easy to understand. This is one of my favorite tools and it's helped me to improve my sewing skills." —Book Bargain and Previews

About the Author

Yoshiko Tsukiori is a graduate of Joshi Bijutsu College. After working in apparel companies Yoshiko became an independent designer. She creates a diverse range of fashionable, easy-to-make clothing, including children's and babies' clothes and women's designer garments. Yoshiko has authored many books, including the very popular Stylish Dress Book and Girls Style.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Paperback with Flaps edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805312874
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805312872
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By JC Smitty on October 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book! If you want and/or looking for simple, stylish, feminine pieces to construct, then you've come to the right place!

Aside from the Table of Contents, the reader gets a view on separate pages of every pattern modeled-not just drawn or on a dress form. This alone is a unique feature.

Pages 26 has a nice layout of your necessary tools followed by the tools perfectly defined on page 27. Not wordy, straight, to the point and a very easy read. :-)

Before the book gets into the actual patterns, there's a section on sewing tips (with nice numbered pictures and brief descriptions), pattern placement, how to trace, and draw seam allowances. You are also shown how to measure, and sizes in inches and the metric system.

Each pattern shows us how to lay each piece out, what to sew and how to sew it.

The back of the book has the actual patterns in an attached envelope.

Instructions on the envelope tell the reader that the pattern sheets are two sided and that the pieces may be scattered over several sheets.

This shouldn't be an issue for anyone that has sewn and/or used commercial patterns. I would advise tracing the patterns to preserve the patterns plus you can altar if one's size changes over time. :-).

Anyone with basic sewing skills would benefit from this book and more advanced sewers would as well. Beginners will enjoy!

I would say that if you are over a size 16 (plus size), you may need to adjust the patterns for your size.

I hope to provide a video review once I've actually gotten a couple of outfits from this book under my belt!

Thank you Tuttle Publishing!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Barry on August 4, 2014
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I have made four patterns from this book so far. This is my first time using a Japanese pattern book, but it was not too hard to figure out the directions. (I am an experienced sewer.)

I really love the way the tucks and gathers shape the top of the dresses and blouses. The clothes are simple, but they look really good.

Based on my measurements, I should be able to wear a size 12 in these patterns, but I found the blouse I made at that size to be too tight. The next time I made a blouse, I made a size 14, and that fit more comfortably. I might even go up to a size 16. I'm not sure why the size chart is misleading in this way. It may be that Japanese women are built so much smaller than American women that they had to shoe-horn our sizes into the actual sizes of the patterns. I am not a large woman either: 5'3" and 130 lbs. These clothes are going to be too small for a great many American women, but they will fit girls and small women well.

Also, the sleeve cut is very fitted. I like a more drop-shoulder sleeve with a lower sleeve cap, for greater ease of movement, and it was easy to alter the sleeve to make it more my style. There is little ease in the sleeve caps, in my experience; you might want to add some.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sew happy on October 31, 2013
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Years ago, I used to make all my clothing. I accumulated numerous traditional patterns that I only used once, and the patterns look very dated now. I chose this book because the styles are very suitable for my current lifestyle and personality. I want to make clothes that fit me and look like they were made for me. I think this book of patterns will be easily adaptable for personal creativity and great fit.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M.C-S. on February 5, 2014
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I lived in Japan for the last two years and bought a ton of Japanese sewing books. While I cannot "read" them, I am able to figure out the patterns and sewing with the graphics, sequence, and numbers.
Sometimes I went to my local Okinawan sewing store and the ladies there read it for me, and helped me with interfacings and such. Overall I really love the straighforwardness of Japanese sewing and craft books. The diagrams are awesome, and the layout if usually very appealing, yet simple-typically Japanese!

However, while I love Stylish Dress Book: Simple Smocks, Dresses and Tops and Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom this one here isn't nearly as exciting. Perhasps I have been spoiled by the two I really like, but for whatever reason seems boring and not very innovative. While this one includes sarouel pants, bermudas and a skirt, I am not fully convinced. A plus is that the sizes run from 6 (30 3/4in bust) -16 (40 1/4in bust) which isn't usually the case with tradiitonal Japanese sewing books. The construction pages are pretty much the same in all the books-you have a sequential numbers, and the coresponding graphics give you a visual on how to sew or finish each step. You gotta love the Japanese for making it simple!

Nonetless, I recommend using the look inside function to see whether you'll like it or not. Some might love the fact that there are pants, shorts, and a skirt included, but knowing the Japanese anatomy I do wonder whether they were graded for the European or American curviness and would actually fit me.
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