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Interweave Press Simple Modern Sewing [Paperback]

Shufu To Seikatsu Sha
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

PRIMA FLOWERS-Fabric Flowers: Marcelle. All Prima flowers are always handmade making them an excellent addition to your own projects and designs. This set of felt flowers comes with matching felt bows for a fun accent. Approximate size of the blooms range from 1-1/4 to 2 inches. This package contains three flowers and three bows. Available in several colors: each sold separately. Imported.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press LLC; First Thus edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668352X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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182 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable clothes, easy to fit, easy to sew. December 7, 2011
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While I often love to wear ruffles, lace and all things frue-frue, I also like comfortable, simple garments that go with many other pieces and are simple to sew.

This book has 8 basic patterns in sizes XS, S, M, L for the following garments:

1. Wraparound dress, also instructions for 2 tops.
2. Raglan sleeve top, also tunic and jacket
3. Jumper, also 2 dresses
4. 3 pant styles
5. 3 skirt styles
6. 3 more skirts
7. 3 blouses
8. 2 shirts and a tunic

The book layout is very pretty, as are the photographs. Every garment is shown, the instructions and diagrams are clear. Directions are basic enough for beginning seamstresses, along with suggestions for fabrics and accessories.

No special fitting worries with these clothes, all are comfy and roomy. Lots of forgiveness here. There are no intricate curved seams, insets, linings, complicated closures...nothing that might scare you off if you are a sewing newcomer.

I think you get a lot for the money. It's well written and beautifully presented. Other than perhaps the pantaloon pants, all the garments could become everyday favorites. What the heck... The pantaloon pants are really cute too.
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153 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! December 5, 2011
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I received this book at 10:30am this morning. That was a fast delivery! Although I wasn't aware of Shufu To Seikatsu Sha's work I was intriqued by the cover image before the book was printed. The images and instructions are better than I anticipated. I've been sewing for nearly 50 years so there wasn't any fear that I wouldn't be able to handle whatever was thrown at me. What's nice is that these simple patterns and clear instructions will give any beginner to novice a pleasant learning experience with a firm foothold of the processes involved. The patterns aren't fussy and are easy to transfer to a tracing paper (I know because I have already started!). I see now that I am going to easily have 5 new outfits when we go to visit my inlaws for this Xmas week.

The only thing that I believe would make this book better is if it had been published with a wire spine. Seems like it is taking publishers everywhere a bit to long to anticipate the desires of people such as myself, who love to sew and have several handcrafted projects going on at any given time. So here is a hint for all the publishers in the world: If the book is about an a handcrafted form then it should have a wire spine because we artisans like to lay the book out flat on the table. If you've ever wondered why there are coffee and tea cup rings in old pattern books it is because we set those cups full of liquid on the openned pages in order to break the spine and force them to lay flat.
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222 of 230 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great book - however December 15, 2011
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Great book. Clear instructions. Sensible, timeless designs - exactly what is so badly needed when it comes to contemporary sewing books - however: The patterns only go up to size L - which ends up being something like US 3-4 [teenager] size or a pettite. Short and no room for breasts. If they only took the time to make the pattern in some more realistic sizes I would have given this book 5+ stars.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars pattern for skirt didn't work January 22, 2012
By Somes
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I wonder if some of the glowing reviews from above are from people who have actually made anything from this book. I agree that the illustrations and photos are beautiful and love the look of the design. Unfortunately, I think maybe the patterns weren't translated from metric properly. I just made skirt 6a in size medium and it came out about 2 inches shorter and 3-4 inches narrower than it should have been, completely unwearable. I'm not sure about the other patterns - but beware. Also, even if I had made the L, whoever said that translates to about a size 4 was correct - still way too small for most of us.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this book in the bookstore, so I'd already looked through it (and knew I liked it) before I bought the book. If you haven't seen any of the other designs, I recommend looking...

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And here: [...]

Don't buy a book without looking inside it or getting a good idea of what it's like.

I love the patterns in this book. They are very much in keeping with that natural, linen-y Japanese style. I lived in South Korea for almost 2 years and loved the influence that Japan had on fashion, but sadly, most of it didn't fit well. Now I can make my own clothes that have that same shape and style!

That being said, I did have to adjust the sizing when I made the wrap dress. There are quite a few tutorials online to show you how to resize a pattern simply and easily. Google, "How to resize pattern" and you should come up with results. I used these instructions and they worked well for me: [...]

Some people have said that the clothes only go up to a size 3-4. I disagree and would say that they probably go up to a women's size 10/12. I'm a women's 14/16, which is why I had to resize them. If you're much bigger than a 10 or 11, you should probably plan on resizing.

This book is probably not for beginning sewists. I've had a couple years experience making clothes, so it wasn't too difficult figuring out the changes I needed to make. The pattern instructions also seem a little abbreviated to me. I understand that it's probably meant to save on room, but little things are left out, like where and when to top stitch. So, you might want to have some garment sewing/construction experience under your belt before attempting anything from this book.

It is true that these clothes aren't very form fitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy to use patterns with lovely photographic illustrations. A nice range of outfits in one book.So Japanese!
Published 4 days ago by rjd
I was very disappointed in the 8 patterns. There are multiple patterns on a single page. This would be fine except for the fact that they overlap soooo much that when you are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
Learning to sew and this book is a great resource.
Published 2 months ago by Monhegan Monarch
2.0 out of 5 stars The patterns are basic and simple. The body part ...
The patterns are basic and simple. The body part fits fairly well but the arm allowances are made for twigs, not arms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Syrena Gatewood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Lots of tips and style of clothing is not fitted.
Published 4 months ago by Jo Louie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book. Just love it. Arrived in perfect order super fast! Thank you!
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Knapp
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Product was as described.
Published 5 months ago by Jacqueline Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult pattern sheets
I have several Japanese pattern books that require the user to trace the patterns, so I didn't really understand why everyone was complaining about this one, but now I do. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute clothes! Haven't tried any yet but am anxious to do so.
Published 5 months ago by sandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Designs
The book contains many interesting designs and an inviting layout that makes them attractive. I may have to enlarge patterns for myself, but I look forward to using these... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paula
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