"For experienced sewists who'd like to try some of the popular patterns coming out of Japan, this book is a good introduction. […] Notably, however, more directions than usual are provided, and the size range is much greater than typically given, going up to size 16. Using Japanese-origin books as crafting manuals, even when well translated, is always a bit of an adventure; this book is a good place to start if so inclined."—Publishers Weekly
"When Stylish Dress Book entered my home, my college bound daughter spotted it immediately and started picking out dresses that she thought I should make for her to take to college.
…Considering the number of patterns in the book and my fabric stash the possibilities are endless. Even a penny pincher like me, can see that the cost of the book with twenty six patterns included is an absolute bargain!"—About.com
"This collection of 26 garments features the work of designer Tsukiori, whose blousy, romantic style is popular in her native Japan. Some of the dresses are stylish in a sweet, retro way, but a few look like children's clothing sized to fit adults, making them a little too precious-looking for most adults to wear. The directions for assembling the garments assume significant knowledge of clothing construction—there is no basic how-to information provided. Patterns for sizes 6û16 are included. VERDICT Though the garments themselves aren't particularly complex, the directions aren't very detailed; this book is most appropriate for skilled, confident sewists or fashion/design collections."—Library Journal
"What I like about this book, other than the fact that there are 26 patterns to choose from, is that despite having very simple shapes, there are a lot of interesting embellishments and detailing that make each garment unique. With detailed diagrams showing you how to create them, it is not difficult to learn and you can even apply the techniques in other garments." —JapaneseSewingBooks.com
"I absolutely adore quite a few of the garments in the book and can see them fitting into my wardrobe effortlessly." —Holly Lefevre, 504 Main
About the Author
is a graduate of Joshi Bijutsu College of Fine Arts in Kanawaga, Japan. After working for apparel companies she became an independent freelance designer, creating designs for women, babies and children. She has written numerous books in her native Japan, primarily featuring projects for chic women's and children's wear.