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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Thus edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668352X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683525
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shufu To Seikatsu Sha is a leading craft and lifestyle publisher in Japan.

Customer Reviews

This is a great little book packed with inspiration and versatile patterns.
S Burton
Would cost a fortune in the trendy boutiques for these very same styles of clothing that I can now make myself!
Christina Miller
Unfortunately, I think maybe the patterns weren't translated from metric properly.
Somes

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153 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Sue Anson on 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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140 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Susannah G Allanic on 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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203 of 209 people found the following review helpful By OSNY on 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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Somes on January 22, 2012
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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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. Neely on March 26, 2012
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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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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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