Do you love those Japanese pattern books?
I love browsing through them and I brought several back from my trip to Tokyo last year. Designs for children and crafts. But how about the patterns for women?
I wasn't so sure so I had to try making one to see for myself.
When I found out that a popular Japanese pattern book called the Stylish Dress Book: Wear With Freedom was available in English, I bought it on Amazon.
I made the dress on the cover from some linen I also bought on that trip to Tokyo at Tomato fabrics..
I made the tunic for me but it looks really much cuter on Isabelle!
This outfit looks sort of Viking or German to me.
Even with the English instructions I got so confused with the jumble of patterns I had to outline that I accidentally cut out a back piece for another dress!
Before you get started with Japanese patterns remember you always have to add seam allowance after you trace the pattern from the books pattern sheet onto your paper.
I didn't have any extra fabric so I examined the correct pattern piece and adapted the style line to the piece I already cut out. I could only fit in two tucks instead of six. I like how it turned out. I was worried it would be too boxy, but it's not.
I added some shirring to the back of the top so the tunic didn't look like a shapeless sack.
I also added a little elastic to the tucks in front under the crochet because I can't leave well enough alone.
Although I think the patterns in the book are adorable, they seem to be way too big for the model wearing them. Although the model is adorable she looks like a little kid wearing her mom's clothes in most of the book.
She seems to be swimming in almost every dress. Obviously, it's part of the prepubescent charm .
But not too flattering on most grown women, I daresay,
The pattern was simple to put together and the instructions were great. So will I make something else from this book?
There area few style I'd still like to try.
If you are interested in Japanese patterns the blog Make Something has several reviews and cute styles for women sewn up.
Her blog got me interested!