Hello and welcome! I had the honor of guest posting over at you & mie today, and gave a rundown on how to construct a garment using the instructions in Japanese pattern books. If you haven’t already, be sure to go check out the full week’s worth of posts. There is quite a bit of useful information that will help you navigate your way through these books. It’s been so much fun to work on this post with Cherie (and Sanae, who provides invaluable translating help)!
My most sewn-from Japanese pattern book to date has been the first version of A Sunny Spot (2010), which (eta) has an assortment of girls clothes in sizes 90-130 cm.
It’s always fun to see what patterns are in these books, and since I think this is a good basic book of girls patterns, I thought I show you what’s inside. I’ve added a few pics of the garments I’ve sewn from this book, too. Ready for some eye candy?
Pattern A: High waist dress
One of the great things about this book (and many Japanese pattern books) is that it’s relatively easy to interchange some of the pattern pieces for different looks. You can swap sleeves, skirts, bodices, etc. This book provides more than one version of each pattern.
- Type 1: back button dress
- Type 2: Dot tunic blouse Here’s my version (more here)
- Type 3: Coat style dressMy version (more here)
- Type 4: puffed sleeve dress
Pattern D: Skirt
- Gathered skirt
- Tucked skirtMy version (more here)
Pattern D: Camisole
- Camisole with lace (spring & summer version)
- Camisole with wide straps (autumn & winter version) This is one of my favorites… I’ve sewn a couple of these, and fully intend to make more. It’s such a great shape and so versatile! Here’s one of the ones I’ve made:
Pattern E: Knit tunic
- Back ribbon tunic (this is awesome- perfect solution to the knit shirt minus the fiddly knit neckband!)
- Layered style dress (love this!)
Pattern F: Cardigan dress
- Short cardigan
- Long cardiganMy version (more here)
Pattern G: Coat
So? What are you waiting for? Get your hands on one of these awesome books and give it a go. Worst case scenario? They’re absolutely lovely to look at and will provide great inspiration.
Want some more inspiration? Check out this site. (You’re forewarned, this is a French site about Japanese sewing patterns. Just click on the picture of the book you’re interested in on the left, and all the garments people have posted from that book will come up.) Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend. :-)