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Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom Paperback – September 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Csm Nov edition (September 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804843155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804843157
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The patterns are all timeless in style, by this I guess I mean they'd suit a twenty year old equally as well as a fifty year old and also that the designs won't really go out of fashion." —Ideas and Inspirations

"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

"The no-rules looks pictured in this book are perfect for today's carefree fashion sensibility and will inspire you to have fun with fabric and style." —Sew Mama Sew

…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 6 –16 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

"Stylish Dress Book is the book that really fueled the popularity of Japanese sewing pattern books internationally. Even though the original Japanese version was published back in 2008, Stylish Dress Book remains extremely...well, stylish!" —Japanese Sewing Patterns by Sew in Love

"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

"[…] a total of 26 patterns is sizes 6 to 16. So many of the styles are perfect for layering and leggings," —Sweeter Than Cupcakes Blog

About the Author

Yoshiko Tsukiori 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.

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Customer Reviews

I just love sitting with a cup of coffee and looking at the book.
E. Talledo
I love that it is so easy to change and mix up the patterns to suit your own taste and style.
Astrid Holen
I find the designs inspiring and the instructions are super easy to read.
Jacqueline Ortiz

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144 of 146 people found the following review helpful By IreneDAdler on August 15, 2012
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If you are at all acquainted with the current market of Japanese sewing books, you probably have heard of the name Yoshiko Tsukiori. She's one of the most popular and prolific authors in her field, with a multitude of fans around the world. This book is the first in a series of 3 volumes named Stylish Dress Book, and very often seen discussed in sewing blogs and community sites. For example, the French sewing community Japan Couture Addicts [...] has literally hundreds of member posts of projects from this book (both the original Japanese and the French editions). I highly recommend visiting this site to see what sorts of styles are included in this book, and to inspire your creativity with ideas of how the styles can be executed.

The designs in this book have a distinctly quaint, countryside aesthetic, best suited for printed woven cottons, such as those produced by Liberty of London (prominently featured in this book). If your tastes range more toward the current RTW trends or more modern deconstructed styles, you might not find the dresses very appealing. The sizes in this book covers bust measurements 78cm (30.75 inches) to 102cm (40.25 inches), which is broader than what the original Japanese edition offered. It seems they added in 2 larger sizes for the American edition. If you are larger than this size range, you might still be able to use the patterns provided, as the designs have a fairly large amount of ease, and most people seem to go a size or two down to achieve a closer fit. If you have a little bit of experience with pattern resizing, then it would probably be pretty straightforward to resize the patterns, as the pieces are mostly boxy and geometric, and the construction is pretty simple and mostly involves straight-line sewing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By carrledlane on January 13, 2013
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I love these patterns. My problem is deciding what to make first! I recommend searching online for images of what others have made to get a good idea of just how amazing some of the patterns are, for further inspiration, and ideas on alterations to the patterns. After doing so, it opened my mind up to so many more possibilities. There is a great blog/shop that will come up in your search. The blogger makes several of the dresses and tops in this book and she makes suggestions on alterations, other books and patterns, and uses such wonderful fabric choices. (I'd include the link but it would just get blocked, it might have something to do with MakeSomething. And no I'm not affiliated with the website, just a fan.)
I should say that perhaps I didn't read closely enough, but I thought this book was in Japanese and was happily surprised to find that it is in English. Also, many people comment on the sizing being really small, but the patterns are cut large, so I think if you want a more fitted style, you size down from the size that is equivalent to your actual measurements.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katie Martin on January 19, 2014
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This is a nice book, but it is definitely best suited to slimmer builds. Most of the dresses are cute, but they generally follow variations of the same dress. If you are an experienced seamstress, this book won't be difficult, but you won't really find anything too inspiring either. This book is great for intermediate sewers who are familiar with making basic dresses (all of the dresses in this book are basically like the one on the cover; very simple but flattering on those with builds similar to the model). Curvier people will feel like they are in the 90s again, or feel like they are wearing a mumu.
The style is a little bit like romantic country/ forgotten school girl (think of a bookworm in a Japanese movie). With a few adjustments, these dresses can be more stylish on other figures, but unless you are familiar with pattern alterations, you might be better off looking elsewhere.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Janet Bunge on March 25, 2013
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The styles are cute, the patterns are easy to read and easy to sew. Another reviewer stated that the patterns run small, so I allowed for that but it turned out that I needed to make pleats, etc to make the dress fit and not fall off my shoulders. I am really glad I got this book and another Japanese Sewing book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on July 17, 2013
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I have loved every dress I have made out of this book. The patterns take some getting used to-you have to copy them on your own-but the instructions are simple and the results are great. Easy to adapt to your own size as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Ortiz on October 25, 2013
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I really enjoy looking through this book. I find the designs inspiring and the instructions are super easy to read. I've made two pieces from this book and have been satisfied with the results, however it took a lot of alterations and I ran into problems that might be difficult for beginners to deal with.

These pieces are very shapeless and boxy and if you are a small person, with stocky legs, you have to alter the patterns, or it ends up looking to big on you. With Dress E, you cannot just take it in on the sides. It will make this wierd fold and stick out, so you have to lift up the bottom of the bodice, to make the crease dissapear. Despite having some frustrations with the pattern, I really loved the way the dress turned out and it looks beautiful fitted.

I highly recommend this book.
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